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EIU Master of Arts in Music

MA in Music:  Conducting Concentration


The Master of Arts in Music:  Conducting Concentration allows focused study in a primary area of conducting (instrumental, orchestral, or choral) and is intended for those who wish to improve their conducting technique and rehearsal skills for use in the public schools or to prepared for continued work at the doctoral level.  

Students in this program are given ample time to conduct EIU ensembles under the guidance of conducting faculty.  Completion of the program requires a conducting recital and/or significant performances with one of the major university ensemble.

This program also includes  private instruction in studio performance and coursework in research, music theory, and music history.  

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Conducting Concentration Curriculum 

  • MUS 5100 - Introduction to Research in Music, 3 credits
  • MUS 5170 - Analytical Techniques, 3 credits
  • MUS 5880 - Seminar in Music History, 3 credits
  • MUS 4760 - Seminar and Practicum in Music Instruction, 2 credits
  • MUS 5940 - Graduate Performance Project, 0 credits
  • Applied Study (instrument or voice), 1 credit
  • MUS 5576/77/78 - Applied Choral, Orchestral, or Wind Conducting, 14 credits (3 credits per semester during the first year and 4 credits per semester during the second year)
  • Ensemble, 4 credits
  • Electives, 2 credits

Total Credits - 32 credits


Graduate Exams and Performance Project:

  • Students in the performance, composition, and conducting concentrations must pass oral comprehensive examinations and complete a graduate performance project.  
  • Oral exams will be given during the final semester by members of the Department of Music Graduate Faculty.  
  • In MUS 5941 (Graduate Performance Project) the students demonstrate competency as a performer, composer, or conductor. This performance project may include a lecture component and will includes program notes.


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