“The online Music Leadership courses are engaging and filled with wonderful information! The instructors are eager to create a collaborative learning environment within the online structure. The instructors do not shy away from a rigorous course schedule, but the information is all very organized and the students are given all of the tools needed to succeed in the online environment.” 

-Sarah Bertrand, ’22

Full-time vs. Part-time

The Master of Arts in Music Leadership is designed to be flexible to students’ needs, and can be pursued full-time or part-time. Full-time students complete the degree over 14 months, starting in either the end of June or mid-January. Part-time students pursue the degree over multiple years, according to their schedule.

The coursework is fully online, with a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous classes. All synchronous courses are scheduled based on students’ availability.


Created to recognize and support students who seek to further music leadership skills and acquire the skills and knowledge than an MBA offers, The Eastman School of Music and Simon Business School offer the opportunity to earn a Master of Arts in Music Leadership with a Master of Business Administration for Professionals degree. This combined degree opportunity is the first of its kind to merge a conservatory level music administration degree with an MBA.

Students will be accepted into the combined degree program through each school’s separate admissions process, and will complete the full ESM Music Leadership curriculum and Simon’s MBA mandatory core. Students will spend the first summer and full academic year at Eastman, then transition to Simon for a second summer and full academic year, and conclude both programs with the Music Leadership capstone during the third summer. This combined degree course of study provides a one-of-a-kind experience for comprehensive preparation in both music leadership and business administration.


The MA in Music Leadership can be combined with other performance graduate degrees at Eastman. Students must be accepted into the MA and MM programs individually and are subject to the application processes of both programs. MA in Music Leadership students are motivated musicians, and this dual degree option allows for rigorous conservatory performance training combined with the rigor of the Music Leadership coursework. Pursuing these dual degrees typically takes three years of full-time study.

Georgia Mills, '19 MA ML; '21 MM, '24 DMA

Music Leadership Minor

The Minor in Music Leadership offers Eastman doctoral students the opportunity for personalized study to hone artistic and managerial skills as a future music leader. The Minor is not a stand-alone program; rather, it is to be undertaken in conjunction with an Eastman DMA or PhD program. The Minor in Music Leadership is designed to enhance doctoral students’ musical and academic skills with managerial and business skills, ensuring they are prepared to be effective leaders in music. Upon applying during the third semester of a DMA/PhD program, a limited number of doctoral students (5-6) will be selected for the Minor in Music Leadership. The Minor requires 10-12 credits of Music Leadership coursework and individual advising with the Graduate Degree Program Director. In collaboration with the Graduate Degree Program Director, students will create an individualized course plan to support their independent learning objectives. Download our Overview of the Graduate Minor in Music Leadership.

ALP Courses

The Master of Arts in Music Leadership degree builds on the opportunities available in Eastman’s world-class Arts Leadership Program, the first of its kind in the nation, now in its third decade. As a participant in the Master of Arts in Music Leadership Degree program, you have the ability to register for ALP courses for free by registering at the ALC 400 level.

For more information about these options, as well as application information and degree program costs, visit Eastman’s Graduate Admissions website.

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

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