The Master of Music, Choral Conducting Specialization program is committed to musical excellence with a curriculum designed to build a well-rounded conductor/teacher, using the musical and personal strengths of the graduate choral conducting student.

By the completion of the program, the student will have developed advanced conducting skills and techniques that are appropriate to a variety of musical needs. The student will learn effective rehearsal techniques, score preparation, and become a knowledgeable scholar of important choral scores representing repertoire of various music periods and secular and sacred styles.

The choral conducting specialization accepts a limited number of students who pursue a variety of professional goals, including education and directors of choral/instrumental ensembles. Students who are full-time music educators at the middle/high school levels will be considered if they have three years prior teaching experience and are presently conducting an ensemble(s). Students who are not public school educators must show a minimum of three years of full-time music/conducting employment and be presently conducting a high school, religious, or community ensemble.

To develop the musicianship and skills that will be important for the student's future professional success, graduate courses are organized in the areas of music literature and theory, the choral/vocal instrument, conducting, and teaching.

Effective Spring 2012

MU 517Analytic Techniques I2
MU 518Post-Tonal Analytic Techniques3
MU 555Choral Techniques, Style, and Interpretation3
MU 556Advanced Instrumental Conducting and Techniques3
MU 566Choral Literature-Renaissance and Baroque2
MU 567Choral Literature-1750 to Present2
MU 630Methods of Music Research3
MU 671Graduate Recital1
MU 696IGroup Study: Performance 12
MU ***Music History 16
Electives 1,25
Program Total Credits:32

A minimum of 32 credits are required to complete this program.