This 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 conducting student. The program offers two options: the M.M., Choral Conducting Specialization, and the M.M., Instrumental Conducting Specialization; both of which require a two-year residency.

By the completion of the program, students will have developed advanced, personal 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 instrumental and choral scores representing repertoire of various music periods and secular and sacred styles.

The conducting degrees accept 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

Select 10-13 credits from the following: 110-13
Analytic Techniques I
Post-Tonal Analytic Techniques
Symphonic Literature
Music History
Select 9 credits from the following: 19
Junior and Senior High School Music
Advanced Instrumental Conducting and Techniques
Independent Study: Conducting
Group Study: Conducting
MU 630Methods of Music Research3
MU 671Graduate Recital1
Select 0-7 credits from the following: 10-7
Applied Music Instruction: Euphonium
Applied Music Instruction: French Horn
Applied Music Instruction: Trombone
Applied Music Instruction: Trumpet
Applied Music Instruction: Tuba
Applied Music Instruction: Harpsichord
Applied Music Instruction: Organ
Applied Music Instruction: Piano
Applied Music Instruction: Percussion
Applied Music Instruction: Guitar
Applied Music Instruction: Harp
Applied Music Instruction: String Bass
Applied Music Instruction: Viola
Applied Music Instruction: Violin
Applied Music Instruction: Violoncello
Applied Music Instruction: Voice
Applied Music Instruction: Bassoon
Applied Music Instruction: Clarinet
Applied Music Instruction: Flute
Applied Music Instruction: Oboe
Applied Music Instruction: Saxophone (Alto)
MU 696IGroup Study: Performance 10-2
Electives 10-5
Program Total Credits:30

A minimum of 30 credits are required to complete this program.