“The Music Admin & Governance experience online was full of stimulating readings, exciting project work, and meaningful collaboration. In the online format, we had the opportunity to get thoughtful written feedback on our projects not only from the teacher, but from peers as well…These comments were able to shape my work and make it stronger thanks to the multiple perspectives of classmates!”

-Eli Campbell, ’21
Eastman Community Music School Media & Events Coordinator

The online MA in Music Leadership maintains the standard of rigor, focused study, and collaborative learning environment that is central to the degree experience. All required Music Leadership courses are taught online through a mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences, allowing maximum flexibility for student schedules. Elective courses are chosen from Eastman’s rich performance and scholarly curriculum; those who are remote will choose from a select number of online elective options, and those who study in Rochester can choose from nearly all of Eastman’s curricular offerings.

The conclusion of the degree is a capstone experience that allows students the opportunity to apply their MA in Music Leadership coursework into a final project with a national-level music organization. Each capstone in individually designed to meet the students’ entrepreneurial interests and is supervised by Eastman faculty and senior management from the host organization. Previous capstone host organizations have included the Aspen Music Festival and School, Mass MoCA, Street Symphony, Fifth House Ensemble, and Interlochen.

Courses & Faculty Expertise

Jim Doser

Leadership Issues in Music

Lisa French

Economics of Musical Arts Organizations

Introduction to Financial Management

Blaire Koerner


Melissa Ngan

Generating and Screening Entrepreneurial Ideas in Music

Toni Paz

Development and Fundraising in Music

Judy Ricker

Marketing for Musical Enterprises

Rachel Roberts

Music Administration and Governance

Creative and Innovative Leadership in Musical Enterprises

Designing Creative Initiatives for Musical Enterprises: Practicum

Ari Solotoff

Law and Music

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Rachel Roberts
Director, Institute for Music Leadership
Associate Professor of Music Leadership
(585) 275-1730

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