Students in the M.M. Conducting program receive individualized instruction with our graduate conducting faculty (instrumental and choral), along with ample podium time with university ensembles including choral ensembles, symphony orchestra, symphonic band, wind symphony, and others.

Our program is set apart by 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.


Leading Program

The UNI School of Music is regarded as one of the finest music programs in the Midwest and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Top-Notch Facilities

The School of Music is home to state-of-the-art facilities, including recording studios, performance and practice spaces, editing labs and more.


The UNI School of Music awards $400,000 in scholarships to our students each year – helping our students pursue their degrees affordably. 

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Application Requirements

Applicants should possess a baccalaureate degree in music or a demonstrated equivalent. The student should have attained a high degree of proficiency in one or more of the following areas: performance, theory-composition, conducting, music education, or music history.

In addition to the common regulations and requirements applicable to all master's degree programs, students must also provide: an in-person audition and interview with at least two members of the Graduate Conducting faculty.

It is also recommended the applicant have two years of conducting experience beyond the baccalaureate degree. A DVD or digital video file recording may be submitted in lieu of the in-person audition, but may not satisfy the audition requirement. Recordings should be of high quality and show the applicant in rehearsal situations, though performance recordings may also be included. Video recordings should include two or three works of varying styles, and be taken so as to clearly indicate the conductor's facial and other physical gestures.

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the Master of Music programs.

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 on the UNI Graduate College website.

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