Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Music Announces Online Music Education 2008 Commencement Ceremony

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May 17th, 2008

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(Boston) – For the first time since the program’s inception, the Boston University College of Fine Arts will hold a separate Convocation for the School of Music’s Online Music Education Program on Saturday, May 17 at 4:00pm at the Tsai Performance Center. In just two years, 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 with a total of 67 students and have experienced exponential growth with the help of Compass Knowledge Group. This semester 117 students will graduate from the Master of Music in Music Education program with about 30 attending the actual ceremony.

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.

Students in the program are located across the globe and come from all backgrounds, as illustrated by this small sampling of this year’s students. Celia Hernandez lives in Texas and teaches elementary music at an inner-city school. After realizing the elementary music education program at her local university was inadequate, Celia was delighted to learn about the online program through BU. Now that she’s about to complete the program, Celia looks back and appreciates the challenges of the coursework, the convenience of the program, and the experience she’s gained. Ron Litteral has been teaching in a rural school district in Utah for 16 years. He started obtaining his Master’s degree at the University of Utah, but after a 300 mile commute and unfulfilling classroom experiences, he transferred to the online program at BU. Ron now has genuine interaction with his classmates and instructors, he’s in a comfortable learning environment, and he has more time for his own students and family. Patrick Jones, Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, explains, “While the convocation ceremony may be the first time the online students meet physically, they have already established relationships through coursework and through online social networking. Thus, the ceremony gathers the community into one physical space to celebrate but not create that community.”

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

The Boston University School of Music at the College of Fine Arts, founded in 1872, is the oldest degree-granting music program in the United States. The character of the School is shaped by its position at the center of a major university situated in the heart of Boston, a city that takes learning and music seriously. The School is committed to integrating professional training and the study of the liberal arts for undergraduate students. At the graduate level, students participate in a rich intellectual and artistic environment, vital for professional development. Alumni and faculty are members of major symphony orchestras, opera companies, prestigious ensembles, and educational institutions throughout the world.

Boston University is one of the leading private research and teaching institutions in the world today, with two primary campuses in the heart of Boston and programs around the world. The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students. Since those early days, education at the College of Fine Arts has begun on the BU campus and extended into the city of Boston, a rich center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.

Founded in 1993, Orlando-based Compass Knowledge Group, LLC partners with higher education institutions to create successful distance learning programs. Compass’ industry-leading consultants assess institutional readiness and degree program viability. Using best-in-class marketing, recruitment, and student retention services, Compass introduces degree programs to the world and enables colleges and universities to succeed in the competitive online education marketplace.

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