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 is designed to meet the needs of the conductor focusing on band conducting. Required courses are specific to conducting wind bands, and elective courses can be taken for further band study.

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 theatre track is geared toward aspring conductors with strong keyboard or piano skills who are eager to learn the wide range of skills necessary for a successful career as a professional music director. This competitive program admits only one student per year and includes study of both opera and musical theatre repertoire. Students in this program must conduct two productions during their studies at ASU.

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 2020: Closed
Fall 2020: December 1, 2019

Curriculum Checksheets

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

Affording Grad School

Music Scholarships
All applicants are automatically considered for merit based scholarships, with priority given to those who audition and/or interview on-campus.

Teaching Assistantships
Teaching assistantships are offered to graduate students who convey exceptional ability. Learn more about TA benefits, eligibility and application procedures.

Financial Aid
ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, can qualify for some form of financial aid. In fact, more than 70 percent of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.

Program Requirements

Wind Band Track
Required Core (14 credit hours)
Required Track (11-12 credit hours)
Electives or Research (4-5 credit hours)

Orchestral Track
Required Core (15 credit hours)
Required Track (11-12 credit hours)
Electives or Research (3-4 credit hours)

Culminating Experience (2 credit hours)
MUP 596 Solo Performance (1)
MUP 597 Solo Performance (1)

Additional Curriculum Requirements
Completion of diagnostic exams in music history and music theory is required of all new graduate music students prior to enrollment in the ASU School of Music.

Additional information on degree requirements for all graduate music programs may be found on the check sheets: