BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo’s Graduate
School of Education expands its online services this fall by
offering a fully online advanced graduate certificate program in
music learning theory, a curriculum that teaches educators how to
instruct their students to become better musicians and appreciate
music throughout their lives.
“Music learning theory is an explanation of how we learn
when we learn music. It’s based on an extensive body of
research and practical field-testing,” says Maria Runfola,
PhD, associate professor in the Department of Learning and
Instruction. “This new certificate program will provide
music teachers a comprehensive sequence for teaching musicianship
to learners of all ages and abilities.”
The advanced graduate certificate in music learning is a
15-credit certificate designed for those interested in advanced
study in music learning theory -- or MLT -- and its practical
applications, Runfola says.
Those who successfully complete this program will have the
knowledge and skill to guide others in developing better
musicianship and to become lifelong learners and consumers of
The development of audiation, the unique concept stressed in
music learning theory, helps bring meaning to music one listens to,
performs, improvises, reads and writes. The program aims to make
this the “overarching goal” of a music educator.
Similar in intent to courses delivered on-campus, the curriculum
provides students with an opportunity to learn in a broad
"The online component offers individuals who are unable to
attend classes in person the chance to learn from the expert
faculty at UB while gaining an understanding of MLT from a global
perspective," says Runfola.
Interested applicants may apply for the new program through
GSE’s online programs website: http://www.buffalo.edu/gse/online/programs/agc/mlt.html.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.