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.
Conduct with appropriate gestures for ensemble precision and convincing sense of dynamic, meaningful musical line.
Evidence of Learning
School of Music faculty prize certain subjective, critical components of a music education such as musicality, creativity, and originality. They recognize the difficulty of assessing such elements objectively, and understand the very act of measuring them drains away their virtue and value. Faculty assess other more explicit evidence of learning using traditional tools throughout the course of classes and lessons, and at periodic advisement points as determined by the college advisement center. These tools include:
- Term papers
- Evaluation of performance in private lessons and large ensemble
- Monitoring progress through the College Advisement Center
- Class assignments
- Faculty/student one on one evaluation
Indirect evaluations include reviewing the following information:
- Alumni Questionnaire
- Feedback from colleagues outside of BYU
- AIMS survey
- Student evaluations
- Student focus groups