Students in this first graduating class from the online program reside in all parts of the United States. Some make their home as close as Taunton, Mass. while others live as far away as Portland, Ore. However, over the past 18 months they have come together online over a common goal to earn the Master of Music in music education from Boston University. In addition to the graduating students, BU’s online music education program has been very successful. In just over a year, 500 students have enrolled in the doctoral and master’s degree programs.
“It is with great pleasure that we welcome this first class of online graduates into the Boston University community,” said Professor Andre de Quadros, Director of the School of Music. “This program has come to embody so much more than simply bestowing new degrees. Through the process we have planted the seeds of a new and vibrant global music community, raising the level of music instruction in the process. I hope that these graduates maintain the networks built over the past 18 months for the continued benefit of music education.”
This first class is comprised of 27 graduates, who began studies in the online program in August 2005. The new graduates live in 11 different states, and although they have developed strong ties through the online program, most have never met face-to-face. Many of the graduates will make the trip to Boston for graduation in May.
Some of the graduates share their thoughts about their experiences in the program:
Daniel Mesa is a band director in the Miami-Dade County (FL) Public School System: “I would like to thank the entire School of Music faculty for sharing their knowledge and providing working professionals with the opportunity of enrolling in this great program. I highly recommend it to all members of the music community.”
Rhonda Ringering is a professional pianist and Adjunct Piano Professor at Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., near Portland: “The BU experience has been very good. I appreciated meeting professionals from around the world, and I felt I learned a lot about many areas of music I never explored before. All my professional work has been in performance. The music education foundation filled in a lot of gaps in my knowledge that I didn’t even realize existed.”
Ann-Marie Desautelle of Becket, MA is a choral music director at Wahconah Regional High School in Dalton, Mass.: “We’ve broken new ground in the world of online music education programs! I’m glad BU offered this alternative to traditional graduate music programs. There are many like me who are older and living in rural areas where graduate degree programs are not available. This program was a great option.”
Students interested in more information about Boston University’s master’s or doctoral degrees in music education distance education program can contact a BU Enrollment Advisor at 866-347-6876 or visit the program Web site.
About Boston University’s School of Music
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 doctoral and master’s degrees in music education online.