Degree Requirements

Master of Music: Conducting

Graduate study in conducting develops a high degree of technical skill, musicianship, and personal leadership. In consultation with a teacher/advisor, programs of study are built around the advanced seminars in either wind ensemble, choral, or orchestral conducting, with work in analysis, bibliography, history, theory, and other related areas. The program is flexible, acknowledging each student's need to focus on specific areas related to their abilities.

Sample Course Plan

Always check with the Program Coordinator for program requirements. Advanced Conducting is taken in the first year of the degree.

Year 1

Fall

Winter

Spring

Seminar in Conducting (440)

Seminar in Conducting (440)

Seminar in Conducting (440)

Adv Conducting (Band)

Adv Conducting (Choral)

Adv Conducting (Orch)

Intro to Music Research

Orchestral Bowing (445)

Music Theory Counterpoint

Ensemble

Music Studies Elective*

Ensemble

Music Elective*

Ensemble

Recital (480)

  

Orchestral Bowing

Year 2

Fall

Winter

Spring

Seminar in Conducting (440)

Seminar in Conducting (440)

Seminar in Conducting (440)

Music Theory Counterpoint

Music Studies Elective*

Ensemble

Ensemble

Ensemble

Recital (480)

Music Elective*

Music Elective*

Music Elective*

Music Elective*

 

 

*Two units from Music Studies Electives, in combination with Music Electives, must be at the 400 level.

Recitals

Two full-length recitals are required. Repertoire must be approved by the major professor. Students register for 480 Recital for zero credit in the quarter that the recital is given. The major professor or a designated faculty substitute must attend and approve each master's recital. If the major professor cannot be present, the student must present the professor with a high quality audio-visual recording that can be used to grade the recital.

Ensembles

Master's conducting majors are required to participate for six quarters in one of the performing ensembles. Assignment to an ensemble is determined the faculty. Conducting majors register for ensemble as observers and/or active performers and are usually assigned administrative duties with an ensemble in their major area. Ensemble participation is subject to the personnel needs of the various university ensembles that have been determined by the appropriate chair of the Department of Music Performance.

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Questions?

Contact Graduate Services: 
musicgradservices@northwestern.edu 
847-491-5740