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Master of Music in Choral Conducting

This program is designed for students who intend to pursue careers as conductors of school, church, or community choral ensembles. Graduates of this program would also be qualified to pursue doctoral work in choral conducting. Elective hours may be used for applied music study.

Entrance Requirements

  1. Applicants must submit a pre-screening DVD of a recent performance and/or rehearsal. Approved applicants will be invited for an on-campus interview and audition.
  2. Applicants should have completed a Bachelor's degree in music from an accredited institution with course work equivalent to that in Bachelor's degrees conferred by the University of Tennessee, including conducting study. Some practical experience as a conductor is also required.
  3. Diagnostic examinations in music theory, ear training, and musicology  must be taken by all entering students before registering for courses. If deficiencies are detected, specific courses may be recommended or required.

Course Outline

Description Course Name Hours
Music Bibliography Mus Gen 510 3
Musical Styles Music Theory 500-level or Music General 520: Styles 3
Musicology Elective Musicology 500-level 3
Theory Elective Music Theory 500-level 3
Advanced Choral Conducting Mus Voc 590 8
Choral Literature Mus Voc 580-585 4
Project in Choral Conducting Mus Voc 594 2
Ensemble Mus Ens 500 level 4
*Music Electives   3
Total 33
*Ensemble hours may not be counted as Music Electives.

Final Requirements

  1. Project in Choral Conducting Performance.
  2. Comprehensive written and oral examinations.

Remember, consult the University Graduate School's website for deadline dates and other important information.


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