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Master of Music: Conducting

MASTER OF MUSIC: Major in Conducting

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: Students in the MM Conducting Program receive individualized instruction with our graduate conducting faculty (instrumental and choral); ample podium time with university ensembles including choral ensembles, symphony orchestra, symphonic band, wind symphony, and others; outstanding performance opportunities; and comprehensive scholarly training in score study, music literature, history, theory and analysis. Opportunities for electives and applied study further enhance the experience of our graduate conducting students. Recent students in our program have been accepted to prestigious doctoral programs, summer fellowships and training programs, and have developed successful careers as conductors of ensembles at all levels.

HOW TO APPLY: Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should refer to their MyUNIverse Student Center To-Do list or contact the School of Music for other application requirements.  Graduate Information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

This major is offered on the thesis/recital option only, and requires a minimum of 36 semester hours. A minimum of 15 semester hours of 200/6000-level course work is required.Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.


Graduate Music Core:

Music Theory:

MUS THEO 6100 (580:210)

Analytical Techniques I


MUS THEO 6110 (580:211)

Analytical Techniques II


Music History and Musicology:

MUS HIST 6220 (590:222)

Research and Writing in Music


Select one from the following:


MUS HIST 3100/5100 (590:110g)

Music History--Middle Ages and Renaissance

MUS HIST 3110/5110 (590:111g)

Music History--Baroque

MUS HIST 3120/5120 (590:112g)

Music History--Classic

MUS HIST 3140/5140 (590:114g)

Music History--Romantic

MUS HIST 3150/5150 (590:115g)

Music History--20th Century


Music Organizations and Ensembles: MUS ENS 5xxx (530:1xxg) *


MUSIC 6299 (520:299)



Applied Music:


Select one of the following:

MUS APPL 6210 (540:221)

Instrumental Conducting

MUS APPL 6220 (540:222)

Choral Conducting

Performance Literature and Repertory:

Select one of the following:


MUS LIT 3310/5310 (595:131g)

History and Literature of Large Choral Forms

MUS LIT 3400/5400 (595:140g)

History and Literature of the Orchestra

MUS LIT 3420/5420 (595:142g)

History and Literature of the Wind Band

Music Electives: as approved by advisor:



MUS APPL 6880 (540:288)

Graduate Recital


Total Hours




Only one hour of ensemble per semester will count toward degree requirements. Large ensemble placement will be determined by audition.

Additional requirements:

  1. Two consecutive semesters (fall/spring) of residency with full time status (minimum of 9 graduate hours per semester).
  2. Conducting recital.
  3. Recital abstract.
  4. Conducting document (research paper). Students must register for Research in the semester that they prepare the conducting document.
  5. Score reading proficiency examination.
  6. Students must be resident with full time status and are required to enroll in applied music in their performance area during the semester that they present their required recital.
  7. Specialty comprehensive examination.