Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Music Degree in Instrumental Conducting is to prepare musicians to enter the music conducting profession and/or pursue doctoral studies. The Master of Music degree program in Instrumental Conducting provides students with opportunities for advanced instrumental study, analysis of style, development of technique and musicianship demonstrated through the ability to conduct ensembles. Our principal focus is on the development of high-level performance skills that will enable a student to pursue a career as a professional conductor/musician.

The program objectives are:

  • 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.

Candidates must possess and demonstrate an unquestioned gift of musical leadership based upon broad experience with instrumental ensembles.  Advanced orchestration must be included in the program.  Admission requirements include a baccalaureate degree in conducting or performance, accumulated practical experience with instrumental ensembles, and experience equivalent to an undergraduate requirement in orchestration.  Enrollment in this major is only by special permission.  

Curriculum Requirements

Major Area
Applied Conducting Lessons8
Instrumental Ensembles4
MIP 812Master's Recital1
Select one of the following to match the culminating project:1
MM Recital Program Notes Preparation
Recital Paper Preparation
Select one of the following as a culminating project:2
Master's Recital Paper
Masters Advanced Recital
Other Studies in Music
MCY 728Music Bibliography3
MTC 717Analytical Techniques3
Musicology or Approved Elective3
Music Education /Pedagogy or Approved Elective3
Approved Electives3
Total Credit Hours31