Boston University News Release

16th December, 2008

Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Music announces the first graduate of its Doctoral Degree Program in Music Education offered online

(Boston) – The BU School of Music is pleased to announce that Carol Shansky is the first graduate of the doctoral degree program in music education offered online at Boston University. This program is the first online DMA in Music Education offered anywhere in the world. The BU School of Music also offers an online Masters degree in music education; both online programs were launched in September 2005.

Shansky defended her dissertation, “A History of Two New Jersey Community Bands: The Franklin and Waldwick Bands," on campus on December 3, and it was accepted prior to a champagne toast with faculty members, administrators, and facilitators of the program. Her official graduation date is January 25, 2009 and she is expected to walk in the University-wide Commencement ceremony in May. Shansky also completed her Master’s degree in music performance from Boston University in 1987.

Students in BU’s online music education programs enjoy a flexible and convenient learning experience that allows them to continue with their careers and personal obligations while working toward their degrees. This flexibility is what drew Shansky to the program. She explains, “Without a doubt, there is no way that I could have worked toward a doctorate without the availability of online coursework. Although I live near a major city, my professional and personal life would not allow, easily, for the addition of an on-campus program.” She continues, “The opportunity to work with colleagues from around the country, in fact, around the globe, is unique and a true hallmark of the program. The discourse and perspectives had breadth that would not be possible in an on-campus environment.”

Since its founding in 1872, the leadership of the Boston University School of Music has concentrated on teacher training for the improvement of music education. The School’s commitment to music education has continued throughout its long history, to the point where it now even offers doctorate and Master’s degrees in music education through online programs. The online format of the two programs, the Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education and the Master of Music in Music Education, has proven to be popular with working music educators, resulting in BU becoming the largest graduate music education program in the country. Since the program launched in September 2005, 187 students have already completed the online Master’s degree in music education.

For more information about Boston University’s Master’s or Doctor of Music in Music Education degrees by distance education, visit the program web site,


Boston University is one of the leading private research and teaching institutions in the world today, with two primary campuses in the heart of Boston and programs around the world. The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students. Since those early days, education at the College of Fine Arts has begun on the BU campus and extended into the city of Boston, a center of rich cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.

The Boston University School of Music at the College of Fine Arts, founded in 1872, is the oldest degree-granting music program in the United States. The character of the School is shaped by its position at the center of a major university situated in the heart of Boston, a city that takes learning and music seriously. The School is committed to integrating professional training and the study of the liberal arts for undergraduate students. At the graduate level, students participate in a rich intellectual and artistic environment, vital for professional development. Alumni and faculty are members of major symphony orchestras, opera companies, prestigious ensembles, and educational institutions throughout the world.

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