MA in Music Leadership Webinar

“Leadership is truly a never-ending learning process. If you aren’t learning, you probably aren’t leading.”

-Hannah Pearson, ’20
Fifth House Ensemble Operations Manager

The online Master of Arts in Music Leadership degree program is designed for musicians who seek to lead traditional or non-traditional musical arts organizations. This degree combines engaging online learning, courses from Eastman’s performance and scholarly offerings, and hands-on experience through the capstone project. Drawing from a musical background, graduates will be able to assume leading roles in musical arts initiatives of all kinds, connecting with leaders in the Eastman community and beyond. This degree fulfills the NYSED requirement for K-12 Music Teachers to advance from an Initial Certificate in Music to a Professional Certificate.

The backbone of this degree is a combination of intense online coursework and hands-on experience with leading musical arts organizations and mentors. Full-time students complete the program over 14 months, starting in either the end of June or mid-January. The degree can also be pursued on an extended timeline, through part-time study over multiple years, as it is designed to be flexible to students’ needs. Students will advance their creative mindset, sharpen their decision-making ability, and utilize case studies to continue their individual artistic growth.

“Throughout my musical history, I’ve always loved initiatives that combined tradition alongside entrepreneurial innovations of the art form, while all relating to a greater societal context. The MA in Music Leadership perfectly embodies all of this. The program combines the high-level musical expertise that you’d expect to find at Eastman, alongside the technical skillset that analyzes, adopts, or innovates how music is perceived and valued within today’s world.”

-D’Jean Vasciannie, ’19
Apple Music Publisher

“Eastman is leading the field as a model for what engaging and rigorous online-education can look like. The Music Leadership program is committed to exceptional teaching, producing polished and relevant content, and helping students succeed. Eastman made the online-learning environment inviting and challenging while minimizing the barriers that technology could have created. The merits of the Music Leadership program abound but the quality of the delivery, instruction, and content are what separate Eastman from its peer institutions.”

-Zeke Fetrow, ’21

“Eastman’s MA in Music Leadership helped me develop the practical knowledge and critical thinking skills needed to feel confident while leading projects and furthering my career. I feel like I’ve learned valuable hard skills and built critical thinking abilities that I wouldn’t have gotten from work experience alone.”

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

“I always thought I was too “quiet” to be an effective leader, but the MAML degree helped me learn that by listening and learning, I can be a leader in many ways to those around me.”

-Hannah Pearson, ’20
Fifth House Ensemble Operations Manager

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

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