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Choral Conducting Specialization

This program is designed to meet the needs of musicians seeking to focus on instrumental conducting. Some choose this specialization simply to to hone their skills as teachers and conductors while others use the program to prepare for doctoral study in choral conducting.  Students will be required to do a conducting audition on campus with a student ensemble

While some courses can be completed in the summer, this specialization requires a significant amount fall/spring semester coursework on campus.

Diagnostic examinations in music history and music theory are given to all entering graduate students on the day prior to the starting date of each semester.  The results will assist the faculty in helping the student plan appropriate courses in the program of study. Deficiencies may be made-up after matriculation; however, no graduate credit will be allowed for such work.

Students who elect to not write a thesis must complete a research paper that must be approved by the major advisor in consultation with the other members of the student's graduate committee. All students are required  to pass an oral examination.

Required Core: Hours
MUS 5000 Research in Music 3
MUS 5060 Music Analysis 3
MUS 5380 Choral Methods 3
MUS 5390 Choral Literature 3
MUS 5800 Advanced Conducting 3
MUS 5820 Conducting Practicum 2
MUS 5930 Graduate Recital 2
MUS Electives (preferably Ensembles) 2

Group A-Select six hours from the following, to include at least one course in literature
MUS 5070 Music Analysis 3
MUS 5110 Composition 3
MUS 5120 Composition 3
MUS 5310 Survey of Piano Literature 3
MUS 5330 Music before 1750 3
MUS 5340 Music from 1750 to 1900 3
MUS 5350 Music after 1900 3
MUS 5370 Art Song Literature 3
MUS 5420 Symphonic Literature 3
MUS 5430 Chamber Music Literature 3
MUS 5450 Opera Literature 3
MUS 5460 Music of Many Cultures 3
MUS 5810 Orchestration 3
MUS Individual Instruction 1-4

Group B-Select five hours from the following or any remaining in Group A:
MUS 5010 Directed Studies in Music 3
MUS 5020 Directed Studies in Music 3
MUS 5050 Seminar in Music Education 3
MUS 5160 Technology in the Music Classroom 3
MUS 5522 Italian Diction for Singers 1
MUS 5523 German Diction for Singers 1
MUS 5524 French Diction for Singers 1
MUS 5270 Vocal Pedagogy 3

Total: 32