Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Music Education (online)

The online CAGS in Music Education provides students with the opportunity to advance their knowledge through a self-selected series of courses to meet their professional needs.

In order to be admitted to the program, applicants must have a master’s degree in Music Education. The CAGS in Music Education is a 32-credit program designed individually by each student in collaboration with an advisor. The course selection will be slightly different for students who have graduated from Boston University’s Master of Music Education program. All courses below are 4 credits.

There are two required courses:

  • ME 741 Foundations of Music Education I: Philosophy and History
  • ME 742 Foundations of Music Education II: Psychology and Sociology

Students who have already taken these classes may substitute electives.

For their remaining 24 credits (6 courses), students may take any other courses that they have not already taken in their master’s degree at either Boston University or another institution, including a number of doctoral-level courses.

Online elective offerings may include:

  • AR 670 Arts Policy and Advocacy (in development)
  • ME 541 Introduction to Music Technology
  • ME 542 Music Technology Pedagogy
  • ME 751 Community Music Perspectives
  • ME 753 Principles of Child Development and Early Childhood
  • ME 840 Contemporary Issues in Music Education
  • ME 841 Quantitative Research Methods in Music Education
  • ME 842 Qualitative Research Methods in Music Education
  • MH 750 Music Aesthetics and Criticism
  • MH 835 American Music
  • MH 837 Crossroads: Musical and Cultural Perspectives on the Blues
  • MH 862 African Music and Culture: Creative Exploration
  • MT 630 Orchestration
  • MT 781 Jazz and Popular Arranging

With prior approval, additional elective courses may also include courses in other schools and colleges at Boston University, such as the School of Visual Arts, Metropolitan College’s Arts Administration program, and the online sacred music class taught by the School of Theology. Students in the Boston area are welcome to take any on-campus graduate courses in the Music Education department that they have not already taken online.

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