Mission Statement

The mission of the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Instrumental Conducting is:

  • To provide students with the highest quality training possible to bridge academic training into entry-level careers as professional artists;
  • To provide students with performance opportunities that develop and demonstrate the integration of musicianship and performance practice;
  • To assist students with identifying opportunities and preparation for competitions, internships, apprenticeships and other professional venues for the classical artist;
  • To ensure that students have acquired the type of writing and research abilities required of a terminal degree from a leading research university, enabling them to pursue successful careers as teachers, performers, and researchers at the university level.

Curriculum Requirements

Performance Courses
Applied Conducting Lessons12
Ensembles (6 large ensemble)6
Choose from one of the two options3
History and Literature of the Wind Band (Required for Wind Conductors)
Approved Elective
Creative Activities
MED 702DMA Essay Proposal1
MIP 831Doctoral Essay5
MIP 832Doctoral Recital6
Allied Music Courses
Musicology Elective3
MTC 717Analytical Techniques (or Other MTC Course)3
Performance Seminars3
Approved Electives5
MED 790Teaching Music in College1
Select 12 credit hours of Cognate/Electives12
Total Credit Hours60