Boston University School of Music Exceeds Enrollment Goals for Online Music Education Programs

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September 27th, 2006

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(Boston) – In just one year, Boston University School of Music’s two distance learning graduate music education programs have experienced tremendous growth. The two programs, the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Education and the Master of Music in Music Education, began online classes in the fall of 2005 and now have over 500 students enrolled in the programs as of September 2006.

“The overwhelming demand for our graduate distance learning music education degrees has far outpaced our expectations,” said Dr. William McManus Chairman of the Music Education Department at Boston University. “The response by music educators to earning advanced degrees at BU speaks to the quality of the program, and the demand for the degree in the market.”

Students in BU’s online music education programs enjoy a flexible and convenient learning experience that allows them to continue with their careers and personal obligations while working toward their degree. The Master of Music in Music Education program is completely online with no campus visits, while the Doctorate in Music Education requires students to visit the campus for a one-week residency to begin the writing of the doctoral dissertation.

Both programs started modestly, with an entering class of 36 students in the doctorate program and 31 students in the master’s program last fall. But within two semesters the programs had grown to over 100 students. With the start of the new semester, each program has over 250 students.

For more information about Boston University’s Master or Doctorate of Music in Music Education distance education program, visit the program web site,

Founded in 1873, the Boston University School of Music combines the intimacy and intensity of conservatory training with a broadly based, traditional liberal arts education at the undergraduate level and intense coursework at the graduate level. The school offers degrees in performance, composition and theory, musicology, music education, and historical performance, as well as a certificate program in its Opera Institute, artist and performance diplomas, and now offers a Doctorate or Master’s Degree in Music Education online.

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