Peabody is offering the following for-credit online graduate courses this summer.

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Music in the Multimedia Franchise

Area: Musicology
Teacher: Dr. Paul Sommerfield

Course Number: PY.610.639
Credits: 3

Music defines our media experiences. Musical themes can likewise go beyond their original audiovisual framework to operate as musical-cultural texts. This online, asynchronous course uses music as a tool to investigate musical branding and the creation of meaning in the media we consume every day. Through close viewings – and listenings – of films, television episodes, video games, commercials, and other media, this course will explore the meaning(s) these media construct and acquire as both they and their music are re-used and re-purposed in multimedia franchises that expand their content into myriads of installments and platforms. 

Please note that this course has been canceled for the summer 2024 semester.

Building a Brand and Portfolio

Area: Professional Studies
Teacher: Robin McGinness

Course Number: PY.123.611
Credits: 2

Building a Brand and Portfolio is a two-credit course which focuses on career development training. Students will develop a digital portfolio, including a website, supporting media, artist bio, and resume. Course also covers key professional skills including networking, negotiating, applying for jobs, and financial management.

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Pitching Your Creative Idea

Area: Professional Studies
Teacher: Robin McGinness
Meeting Time: Wednesday, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Course Number: PY.126.612
Credits: 2

Pitching Your Creative Idea, the final course in the Breakthrough Curriculum sequence is a required two-credit course for all third-year undergraduate and first-year master’s students. In this project-based course, students develop and practice essential skills for the 21st century performing artist. Through determining and designing an artistic project for a setting external to Peabody, they learn skills in audience research, programming, collaboration, and professionalism, while also building experience advocating publicly for their artistry both verbally and in writing. As the capstone for this class, students create a written grant application and juried proposal, with the option to enter a juried competition for project funding.


  • Summer Session runs June 17 to August 4.
  • Although “Building a Brand and Portfolio” is asynchronous, it is not self-paced. Assignments have specific due dates throughout the session.
  • Current tuition prices are here.

Note for International Students

Please note that, depending on the country you are in for the summer and its government policies, some course material may not be available since external links may be blocked. This should not preclude you from registering for the course but know that you may run into occasional issues.


Current Peabody students register through SIS as usual. Tuition charges will be applied to the student account.

Enrollment Policy

Registration Opens: April 15
Recommended Register-By Date: June 10
Last Day to Register: June 20
Last Day to Drop with Delete from Transcript: June 28
Last Day to Withdraw: July 12

Refund Policy

100% – prior to June 17
90% – June 17- 21
50% – June 22- 28
25% – June 9- July 5
0% – on or after July 6

More Questions?

Please contact Steve Stone ([email protected]) if you have questions about the courses or the process.