MM - Instrumental Conducting Concentration

The Master of Music (MM) degree, instrumental conducting concentration, is designed to accommodate a small number of students (up to four per year) who receive extensive individualized conducting preparation with the university’s resident band and orchestra conductors. Candidates have rehearsal/conducting opportunities with both large and small ensembles.

In addition to the core requirements for all MM concentrations, the program culminates in a conducting recital using university students and ensembles. Metropolitan or ad hoc ensembles may be substituted with faculty approval.


Students must have completed a baccalaureate degree in music. Contingent upon admission into the conducting program, all candidates must:

  1. Complete a satisfactory conducting audition conducting a university ensemble with the approval of the appropriate conducting faculty member;
  2. Complete a satisfactory audition on their primary performing instrument with the appropriate applied faculty member;
  3. Submit a score analysis of a major work; and
  4. Schedule a personal interview.

Program Requirements

The MM degree requires completion of a minimum of 32 graduate credit hours, including a thesis or recital as indicated for the respective concentration. Each plan of study must include 12 credit hours in the MM core requirement, including:

Core Required for all MM Concentrations
MUSC 852Introduction to Bibliography and Research3
MUSC 830Seminar in Music Theory3
Select 6 credit hours from the following in history and theory:6
Topics in Music Analysis
Seminar in Music History pre-1750
Seminar in Music History post-1750
Courses Required for Concentration
Approved Electives6
Music or nonmusic courses 500 or above; May include applied lessons, ensembles, languages, etc. Courses must be approved by faculty advisor
Approved Ensembles — conducting observation laboratories assigned by major advisor4
Wind Ensemble (repeatable)
Orchestra (repeatable)
Symphonic Band (repeatable)
Other Requirements
MUSP 790CSpecial Topics: Conducting2
MUSP 790RSpecial Topics: Score Analysis2
MUSP 790KPerformance Practicum2
MUSP 790ADRehearsal Techniques2
Graduate Conducting Recital
MUSP 873Graduate Recital (repeatable)2
Total Credit Hours32