The Master of Arts in Music Leadership degree is designed for musicians who seek to lead traditional and/or non-traditional musical arts organizations. This 14-month degree program uses an integrated approach to develop and hone both artistic and managerial skills for the next generation of music leaders. Because these combined skills are essential for the music leaders of today and tomorrow, this degree combines intense classroom study, courses from Eastman’s rich performance and scholarly offerings, and hands-on experiences through internships and mentorships. Learn more about the Master of Arts in Music Leadership:

The backbone of this degree is a combination of intense coursework and hand-on experience with leading musical arts organizations and mentors. Students begin classes during an initial summer session, continue full-time during the fall and spring semesters, and complete the degree during a second summer. Students will advance their creative mindset, sharpen their decision-making ability, and continue individual artistic growth through five course categories:

  • Innovative Musical Leadership
  • Administration
  • Marketing and Engagement
  • Music Electives
  • Internship / Mentorship


Half of the required courses are taught by the Eastman’s Associate Professor of Music Leadership, Rachel Roberts. The remaining required courses are taught by other experts from the field of music leadership, including the Director of the Institute for Music Leadership James Doser, Don Franzen, Judy Ricker, Ronald Salluzzo, and Mark Wilson.  Music-based degree electives will be chosen from the rich performance and scholarly Eastman curriculum. All of the required courses are scheduled during evening hours, specifically designed to allow students the full opportunity to participate in other courses and activities throughout the Eastman community.

  • Innovative Musical Leadership curriculum:
    • Creative and Innovative Leadership in Musical Enterprises
    • Designing Creative Initiatives for Musical Enterprises: Practicum
    • Generating and Screening Entrepreneurial Ideas in Music
    • Leadership Issues in Music
  • Administration curriculum:
    • Music Administration and Governance
    • Economics of Musical Arts Organizations
    • Introduction to Financial Management
    • Law and Music
  • Marketing and Engagement curriculum:
    • Marketing for Musical Enterprises
    • Development and Fundraising in Music
  • Music Electives
    • Performance: Select from a variety of performance opportunities, including chamber music, large ensembles, and applied lessons. Auditions may be required.
    • Academic: Register for music courses, including music history, music theory, conducting, or humanities. Placement exams may be required for some courses.
  • Internship or Mentorship
    • This capstone experience is individually designed to support each MAML candidate’s independent learning objectives
    • Internships provide students with an opportunity to work with a national-level musical organization under the supervision of senior management.
    • Mentorships pair students for individualized support of a student’s approved entrepreneurial project.


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. Additionally, it is possible to pursue the Master of Arts in Music Leadership in conjunction with some other graduate degree programs at Eastman.

It is also possible to pursue this degree as a part-time student. For more information about these options, as well as application information and degree program costs, please visit Eastman’s Graduate Admissions website



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

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