Performance (Conducting), MM

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The MM in performance with a concentration in conducting presents conductors of orchestras or wind bands with the opportunity to improve their art, craft and scholarship in pursuit of both professional and academic career aspirations. This program is also beneficial for public school teachers of orchestras and wind bands who want to strengthen their skills.

There are three tracks within this concentration.

The wind band track allows conductors to study privately with the director of ensembles and work closely with other members of the conducting faculty to develop their conducting and rehearsal skills. If interested, students in the wind band track also have opportunities to enhance their works with athletic bands and, if desired, may elect individual study with the director of athletic bands. As part of their course of study, wind band conducting students meet in seminars to further deepen and broaden their understanding of psychology, score preparation methods, pedagogy and communication skills that underlie the art and craft of conducting in a band setting. Seminars are designed expand students' capacity for analytical thinking; additionally, dialogicial skills are challenged and, subsequently, enhanced.

The orchestral track is designed to meet the needs of the conductor who focuses on orchestral conducting. Required courses are specific to orchestral conducting, and elective courses provide additional opportunities for further orchestral study.

The music direction track is designed to meet the needs of the musical director focusing on musical theatre and opera conducting. Required courses focus on music theatre and opera rehersal techniques, technical production and repertoire.

Program Offered

Performance (Conducting), MM

Offered by
Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts


Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Application Requirements

Application Procedures + Requirements

Application Deadlines
Spring 2021: Closed (Not Availabe)
Fall 2021: December 1, 2020

Curriculum Checksheets

Checksheets break down the course requirements for each degree program and are listed below by area.

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Program Requirements

Required Core (4 credit hours)
MUP 527 Studio Instruction (4)

Concentration (7 credit hours)
MUP 596 Solo Performance (1)
MUP 597 Solo Performance (1)
Choose from the following for a total of 5 credit hours:
MUP 540 Principals of Integrated Conducting (2)
MUP 551 Repertoire: Music Theatre Repertoire (2)
MUE 564 Instrumental Music, Advanced Rehearsal Techniques (3)
MUP 571 Music Theatre: Workshops (2)
MUP 573 Music Theatre: Performance (1)

Track (9-10 credit hours)

Other Studies in Music (11-12 credit hours)
music history (6)
music theory (5-6)

Culminating Experience (0 credit hours)
Written comprehensive exam (0)

Additional Curriculum Requirements
Students select a track from the following: wind band, orchestral or music direction. Students should see the academic unit for specific concentration and track course requirements for each track.

The other studies in music requirement includes six credit hours of MHL coursework and five to six credit hours of MTC coursework. Students should see the academic unit for specific requirements.

Track credit hours may include electives depending on course selections.