The MM in Conducting with an instrumental emphasis provides an opportunity for the rigorous study of score analysis and preparation; conducting skills, emphasizing confidence and poise with clear and expressive gestures; rehearsal strategies and techniques, which includes the ability to connect with both music and musicians in a manner that results in compelling musical performances. It exposes students to a wide variety and large number of scores from each stylistic period. The instrumental degree inherently places a significant emphasis on baton technique, with students typically choosing an orchestra or wind band emphasis—although studies can include both genres.
The degree is designed for the student who possesses a passion for music, who has had previous instrumental or choral conducting experience, and who wishes to pursue advanced studies to be a more fully equipped teacher in public or private education or to move on toward the doctorate. The program emphasizes growth toward advanced musical understanding and skill, as well as those personal traits and abilities required of the conductor who champions musical excellence. Not available for summers-only study.
Complete admissions information can be found in the “Admissions and Aid” pages for graduate applicants.