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Master of Music in Wind Conducting

This program is designed for students who intend to pursue careers as conductors of instrumental ensembles. While candidates for this degree are specializing in wind conducting, the program is built around a more complete understanding of instrumental conducting. Graduates of this program are qualified to pursue doctoral work or pursue positions at all levels.

Entrance Requirements

  1. An interview and audition are required prior to admission. An audition in person is preferable, but if this is not possible a DVD recording may be submitted.
  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
Music Theory Elective Mus Theory 500 level or
Music General 520: Styles
Analytical Techniques Mus Thry 520 3
Musicology  and Literature 6 chosen from:
Band History and Literature I II
History of Symphonic Literature
Musicology Electives

Mus Inst 580, 581
Musicology  430
Mus His 500 level

Advanced Instrumental Conducting   8
+Recitative for Instrumental Conductors Mus Inst 583 1
++Practicum in Instrumental Conducting Mus Inst 584 1
Instrumental Conducting Performance Mus Inst  595 1
Ensemble Mus Ens 500 level 4
*Music Electives   3
Total 33
*Ensemble hours may not be counted as Music Electives.
+Orchestral Track students only.
++Wind Conducting Track students are required to take 2 semesters of Mus Inst 584.

Final Requirements

  1. Instrumental 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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