Conducting - M.M.

College of the Arts
School of Music
E101 Center for the Performing Arts
Kent Campus
330-672-2172
schoolofmusic@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/music


Description

The Master of Music degree in Conducting is designed for current teachers of middle, junior and senior high school music ensemble programs, for professional church musicians, and for pre-prefessionals such as students continuing after completing undergraduate degrees. The latter are preparing for entering teaching at the secondary or college level, entering the professional conducting market or students who plan to pursue a DMA or PHD program in conducting. The degree emphasizes development of skills, knowledge and background in the following areas: literature and repertoire; conducting technique; rehearsal technique; score study; choral and/or instrumental performance pedagogy; historical performance practices; interpretation and expression.

Fully Offered At:

  • Kent Campus

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcript(s)
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Goal statement(s)
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Audition

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 74 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 50 PTE Academic score. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission websiteEffective spring 2018.

For more information about graduate admission, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students are able to recognize, identify, interpret and conduct representative literature from different historical periods, countries and composers.
  2. Students demonstrate and apply advanced conducting techniques including baton technique, use of hands/arms, facial expressions and body language.
  3. Students demonstrate the ability to plan and execute an efficient and productive rehearsal including time management, setting achievable goals, ability to detect and correct errors, providing motivation and inspiration for expressive performance and focused work ethic.
  4. Students utilize and discuss score study techniques such as keyboard score reading, transposition of instruments, instrumental/vocal score order, compositional structure, analysis of chord and melodic structures and audiation skills.
  5. Students identify, explain and utilize performance pedagogy appropriate to the specific vocal or instrumental area of study.
  6. Students identify, associate, differentiate and utilize performance practices appropriate to the literature of the various stylistic periods.
  7. Students display interpretation and expression in music through discussion in conducting lessons, explanation in rehearsals and demonstration in rehearsal and performance settings through conducting gestures and the resulting musical product.
 

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

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Major Requirements
MUS 62411MUSIC BIBLIOGRAPHY AND RESEARCH METHODS 2
MUS 68687RECITAL 1
Music (MUS) 55000 level Ensemble Electives 14
Conducting Projects, choose from the following: 28
CONDUCTING PROJECTS:CHORAL
CONDUCTING PROJECTS:BAND
CONDUCTING PROJECTS:ORCHESTRA
Music Theory, choose from the following: 32-4
16TH-CENTURY COUNTERPOINT
18TH-CENTURY COUNTERPOINT
SCHENKERIAN ANALYSIS
ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES I
ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES II
SEMINAR IN MUSIC SINCE 1900
Music History, choose from the following:4-6
AMERICA'S MUSIC
HISTORY OF JAZZ
MUSIC FROM WORLD CULTURES
MUSIC HISTORY I
MUSIC HISTORY II
MUSIC HISTORY III
MUSIC HISTORY IV
Additional Major Requirements or Choral Conducting Concentraton Requirements
Choose from the following7-11
Additional Major Requirements for those not choosing a concentration
Choral Conducting Concentration
Minimum Total Credit Hours:32
1

Students who elect the choral concentration must enroll for a minimum of 4 credit hours of major choral ensemble, to include a minimum of 2 semesters of MUS 55141.

2

Specific course numbers vary depending on focus.

3

Choose based on Theory Placement Exam. Theory Placement Exam may place students into Theory Practicum. This undergraduate course does not count towards degree credit and must be taken in addition to the graduate Music Theory requirements.

Additional Major Requirements

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Students declaring the Choral Conducting concentration should instead take the requirements listed under that concentration.

Major Requirements
MUS 51321ORCHESTRATION 2-3
or MUS 52221 SYMPHONIC LITERATURE
or MUS 61331 BAND ARRANGING
or MUS 62227 HISTORY AND LITERATURE OF THE WIND BAND
MUS 68687RECITAL 1
or MUS 68698 ESSAY
Music (MUS) Electives4-7
Minimum Total Credit Hours:7-11

Choral Conducting Concentration Requirements

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Concentration Requirements
MUS 52271CHORAL LITERATURE I 3
MUS 52272CHORAL LITERATURE II 3
Music (MUS) Electives1-5
Minimum Total Credit Hours:7-11