Music Education

The Music Education Department offers a BM in Music Education, an MM in Music Education, and a DMA in Music Education. The BM program is a qualified licensure program in Massachusetts. Students in the MM program can also earn licensure in Massachusetts by taking additional licensure coursework.

The department offers the MM in Music Education, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Music Education and the DMA in Music Education online.

Boston University offers a number of programs that lead to a professional license or certification. Provided here is state-specific licensure information regarding the Master of Music in Music Education degree program. This information also applies to the Bachelor of Music Education/Master of Music Education 4+1 program as well as the K-12 Music Education Certificate program.


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Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs

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Degrees Offered

By the numbers

  • 100+ Recent Graduates
  • 100% Graduate Job Placement
  • 23 Current Undergraduate Music Ed Majors
  • 9 Current 5-Year BM/MM Students
  • 21 Current MM Music Ed Students
  • 7 Current DMA Students

Unique Opportunities

At Boston University, Music Education students have the opportunity to become part of a student body that includes students from throughout the United States, as well as many international students.

Boston University maintains a close relationship with the Boston Public Schools, and many other school districts in the Greater Boston Area. Our on-campus students have many opportunities to observe and intern in schools in the city, and surrounding areas.

Furthermore, our student chapters of the National Association for Music Education and American String Teachers Association provide workshops and clinics throughout the year. Other professional development opportunities that are open to students also take place on campus, with recent workshops being led by organizations such as Boston Area Kodály Educators.


Faculty Members

  • Kelly Bylica

    Assistant Professor of Music, Music Education

  • Diana Dansereau

    Assistant Professor of Music, Music Education (sabbatical Fall 2021)

  • André de Quadros

    Professor of Music, Music Education
    Affiliate faculty, African American Studies, African Studies Center, American & New England Studies Program, Center for Antiracist Research, Center for the Study of Asia, Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies, Initiative on Cities, Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations, Latin American Studies, Pardee School Initiative on Forced Migration and Human Trafficking, Prison Education Program, and The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future

  • Ruth Debrot

    Lecturer in Music, Music Education; Chair, Student Life and Honors Committee

  • Andrew Goodrich

    Assistant Professor of Music, Music Education

  • Karin S. Hendricks

    Associate Professor of Music and Chair, Music Education;
    Co-Chair, BU Inclusive Pedagogy Initiative

  • Brian W. Kellum

    Lecturer in Music Education

  • Gareth Dylan Smith

    Assistant Professor of Music, Music Education

  • Tawnya D. Smith

    Assistant Professor of Music, Music Education

  • Kinh T. Vu

    Assistant Professor of Music & Dissertation Progress Coordinator, Music Education


Notable Recent Graduates

  • Jamal Fairbanks (MM ’18), Music Teacher, Cambridge Public Schools
  • Riley Gallivan (BM ’18), Music Teacher, First Love International Ministries, Malay, Aklan
  • Ruth Debrot (DMA ’16), Lecturer, Boston University; Clerk, 2017-19, Massachusetts Music Educators Association
  • Dana Monteiro (DMA ’16), Founding Director, Harlem Samba
  • Heather Cote (DMA ’16), Performing Arts Director, Westwood (MA) Public Schools
  • Marjorie Yankeelov (DMA ’16), Lecturer, Music and Human Learning, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Nancy Barlor (DMA ’10), Professor, Music Education, Florida College

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