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College of the Arts

School of Music

E101 Kent State University's Center for the Performing Arts
Tel: 330-672-2172
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The Master of Music in Conducting is customized toward the skills of the student who may emphasize either choral, orchestral or band conducting.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript(s); 3.0 GPA; goal statement(s); resume; three letters of recommendation; and audition.

Please refer to the university policy for graduate admission.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 32 total credit hours.

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 audition 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 performances 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.