Music MM in Conducting, Choral
The MM in Conducting provides an opportunity for the rigorous study of conducting skills, score analysis and preparation, and rehearsal techniques. It also exposes students to a large number and wide variety of scores. The degree serves those who have a passion for music, have had some conducting experience, and wish to pursue advanced studies either as teachers in the public schools or students wishing to pursue a doctorate. The program emphasizes the advanced personal growth and musical understanding required of music conductors. Graduates should be champions of musical excellence through the art and craft of conducting.
Students entering the program should have a baccalaureate degree in music or the equivalent. A minimum of 32 credit hours is required. Examinations include a jury each semester of enrollment in 660R, a repertory examination, and a final oral examination. For more specific course information, consult the Graduate Catalog link below.
Analyze a score, showing structure, key centers, tempi, dynamics, articulation, and text.
Explain the historical context and stylistic issues of choral music from various historical periods.
Demonstrate techniques that build a healthy, flexible, and beautiful choral tone.
Demonstrate rehearsal techniques that lead to structured and systematic learning and musical achievement.
Conduct with appropriate gestures for ensemble precision and convincing sense of dynamic, meaningful musical line.
Evidence of Learning
Graduate Masterclass in collaboaration with Instrumental conducting graduates
Indirect evaluations include reviewing the following information:
- Alumni Questionnaire
- Feedback from colleagues outside of BYU
- AIMS survey
- Student evaluations
- Student focus groups