Academics

The Major in Conducting

The Master of Music in Conducting degree program is designed for the professional preparation of conductors, with options in choral, orchestral, and wind literature. The curriculum includes individual instruction in the techniques of conducting, score preparation, rehearsal preparation, and rehearsal techniques as well as significant conducting experience with the University ensembles.

The conducting degree requires 32 credits distributed as follows:

  • MUS 600 Graduate Studies in Music Scholarship and Analysis—4 credits
  • MUAP 638 Conducting—16 credits
  • MUS 643 Instrumentation—2 credits
  • MUS 645 Score Study and Analysis— 2 credits
  • MUS 646 Conducting Rehearsal Techniques—2 credits
  • MUS 698 Recital—0 credits
  • Students are required to perform: One public recital each year (2 total).
  • The final recital is recommended to include an instrumental ensemble (for choral conductors) and a choral ensemble (for instrumental conductors).
    Ensembles each term of residence (Students are required to perform in the ensemble they assist.)
  • Electives—6 credits, other 600-level music courses or Applied Lesson.
    (Ensembles cannot be counted toward the elective requirement.)

Quiet the Mind
meditation room

The University’s Meditation Room opened in 2007 and is one of the first “contemplative classroom” spaces in the country.

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