Music M.M.: Conducting

Develop a highly successful career as conductor of ensembles at all levels

Students in the Master of Music: Conducting program receive individualized instruction with our graduate conducting faculty (instrumental and choral), along with ample podium time with university ensembles such as 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 will further enhance your academic experience.

Recent graduates 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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Tell us more and we'll send information on how you can succeed with a graduate degree in Conducting M.M. from the University of Northern Iowa School of Music.

Ann Bradfield, D.M.A.

School of Music Graduate Program Coordinator

(319) 273-2640

Career Opportunities

After you complete our program, you will have a variety of career opportunities and/or be well prepared to further your education. For reference, our alumni has landed on the following careers:

  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Adjunct Music Professor
  • Band Director
  • Band Teacher
  • Choir Director
  • Director of Bands
  • General Music Teacher
  • Instructor
  • Music Teacher
  • Musician
  • Performer
  • Studio Artist
  • Teacher

Courses & Curriculum

This program is offered on the thesis/recital option only. Our Master of Music M.M. program consists of the following core classes:

  • Topics in Music Theory and Analysis
  • Foundations of Musical Analysis
  • Foundations of Musicology
  • Topics in Music History and Culture

Conducting specialization courses include:

  • Research
  • Electives: Instrumental Conducting or Choral Conducting
  • Electives: History and Literature of Large Choral Forms, History and Literature of the Orchestra, or History and Literature of the Wind Band
  • Graduate Recital

Regarded as one of the finest music programs in the Midwest, University of Northern Iowa is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

NASM Accreditation

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