Online MM Music Education

Degree Type

  • Graduate


  • Online


  • Off-Campus
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The online Master of Music (MM) in Music Education at BU School of Music is built on theory-to-practice learning. Boston University’s graduate programs in music education have been created for the continuing growth of forward-thinking leaders and educators who serve as advocates for the importance of music in our lives, communities, and schools.

Boston University has long stood for music education that goes beyond schooling, extending active music participation from infancy through senior adulthood. Our faculty include nationally- and internationally-recognized leaders in early childhood and elementary music education; instrumental and choral music education; community music facilitation; music technology; accessible music education; diversity, equity, and inclusion; student leadership; trauma-informed music education; rock and pop pedagogy; music and wellbeing; and policy and advocacy.

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Reenergize and transform your music education practice while maintaining commitments to your home, family, and work lives. Learn from BU’s large, diverse faculty representing a broad range of music research and practice interests. This comprehensive and collaborative online Master’s program prepares students for working effectively within contemporary music and education landscapes.

Curriculum requirements for the online MM in Music Education program can be found on the Academic Bulletin.

With an Online MM in Music Ed from Boston University, you will…

Develop new skills in high-quality music instruction

Access Boston University’s extensive, world-class resources

Garner new techniques, theory, and research to use in your classroom

Earn a Master of Music degree online in as little as 20 months

Transform your skillset to become a leader in your music department, school, & community

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Program of Study

As an online Master of Music in music education degree student, you will critically examine a variety of research that informs music education. You will discuss and analyze philosophical, sociological, and psychological ideas and problems in the field of music education. Music theory and analytical techniques in composition will sharpen the eye and ear. Scholarly writing and research skills are honed as you choose from a list of engaging electives. Your online student colleagues will be music education professionals from around the world who will become lifelong friends and professional contacts.

Our online Music Education degree graduates leave re-energized, with their teaching and leadership bolstered by new techniques, their research and skills in curriculum development grounded in theory and history, and their analytic skills sharpened.

Online MM Courses

We are a student-centered program committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Graduate students may add focus to their degrees with multiple electives in areas including diversity, equity, and inclusion; antiracist pedagogy; early childhood; musicology/ethnomusicology; music technology; popular music; and wellbeing.

Our contemporary curriculum is taught by BU scholars in music education, theory, and musicology who are leaders in their fields. Our contemporary curriculum is taught by BU music education teachers and scholars who are leaders in their fields. They are eager to share their expertise with you because they love to teach and are committed to expanding the number of highly qualified music educators in the field.

Study at Top-Ranked, Fully Accredited Boston University

As the oldest degree-granting music program in the U.S., BU has shaped generations of music educators and the pedagogy of music education globally, earning a reputation for excellence.

Our program was the first (and longest-running) online DMA in music education anywhere in the world.

The diverse interests and expertise of BU’s music education faculty provide students with access to
unparalleled depth and diversity of expertise.

A blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities provide a distinct hybrid study experience.

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Faculty Feature

Kinh Vu’s Journey from Vietnam Orphan to BU Music Professor 
A new book examines what music can do for displaced persons, which this CFA faculty member knows firsthand

By Joel Brown | BU Today

Kinh Vu was an infant when he was abandoned in front of An Lạc Orphanage in Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh City. Like many of the children who landed there, he was given the surname of the woman who ran it, Madam Vũ Thị Ngải. 

“This is the gate where I was left outside the orphanage,” Vu says, showing a snapshot of an empty sidewalk and the closed gate. The mundane image belies its gravity for Vu, a College of Fine Arts assistant professor of music. “I have some of that wall, actually, in my office.” 

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“This program has been challenging and pushed me to the limits…in a good way! I knew I was growing as a professional every step of the way and appreciated the depth of the instruction.”

Master of Music, Music Education online

“I am a teacher in NY, which means I am required to get a Masters Degree. The BU MM in Music Education program was so eye-opening for how teaching music should be, and how I can involve my students more in their learning. I feel more prepared to teach my students more critically.”

Master of Music, Music Education online

“The program has helped me grow a lot as a teacher and as a scholar. I feel much more confident in my academic writing and in my ability to defend my teaching philosophies. The program has given me a whole new approach to my work, as well as validated some of my previous choices for our music program. I really would recommend this to music educators who are looking to expand their horizons and push themselves.”

Master of Music, Music Education online

Next Steps for Applicants

The best way to determine if BU is right for you is to explore our admission requirements, financial tools, and resources to determine if the program is the right match.

Reach out to our Director of Admissions at with any questions along the way or to request information. We are happy to discuss your educational interests and career goals. In addition, allow us to provide you with a personalized webpage specific to your online program of interest!

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