Master of Music in Conducting

The Master of Music in Conducting prepares musicians for professional careers in the specialized and competitive field of conducting.

Comprehensive Master’s-Level Exit Exam (0 Units) 1
Core Courses12
Introduction to Graduate Research Methods
Advanced Analysis of Form and Style
Students will enroll in GMUS 501A or B depending upon diagnostic entrance exam results.
Seminar in Musicology: The Renaissance
Seminar in Musicology: The Baroque
Students will enroll in GMUS 502A or B depending upon diagnostic entrance exam results.
Seminar in Musicology: The Nineteenth Century
Seminar in Musicology: The Twentieth Century
Major Area (Choose Emphasis)18-20
Instrumental Emphasis 2
Advanced Orchestration
Conducting I (Choral)
Seminar A: Instrumental Conducting
Seminar B: Instrumental Conducting Literature
Seminar C: Instrumental Performance Practice and Rehearsal Techniques
Seminar D: Professional and Current Issues in Instrumental Conducting
Conducting III (Applied Lessons) 2
Choral Emphasis 3
Advanced Choral Arranging
Conducting II (Instrumental)
Seminar A: Choral Conducting
Seminar B: Choral Conducting Literature
Seminar C: Choral Performance Practice and Rehearsal Techniques
Seminar D: Professional and Current Issues in Choral Conducting
Advanced Vocal Pedagogy
Conducting III (Applied Lessons) 3
Ensemble 42
Ensemble
Graduate RecitalN/C
Electives 52
Total Units34-36
1

Exam must be taken and passed by all master’s degree candidates in the last term of their degree coursework in order to graduate with the Master of Music from Azusa Pacific University.

2

Candidates in the Instrumental Emphasis enroll in a total of 10 units of applied conducting lessons, of which 8 units are taken with their primary professor, depending on their primary interest area (wind or orchestral), and the remaining 2 units are in the alternative area (wind for orchestral interest, and orchestral for wind interest). Candidates taking applied instrumental conducting lessons are required to attend a weekly instrumental conducting lab/master class.

3

Candidates in the Choral Emphasis enroll in 8 units of applied conducting lessons with their primary professor, and are required to attend a weekly instrumental conducting lab/master class. Entering candidates must have an earned bachelor’s degree in music with one semester of undergraduate conducting, two semesters of undergraduate diction (including German, Italian, French, Latin, and English), at least two semesters of undergraduate applied voice lessons, and a history of participation in collegiate choral ensembles during the graduate degree. Deficiency in conducting study, voice, and diction hours may be resolved with appropriate enrollment during M.M. degree progress, but these undergraduate hours will not count toward the graduate degree. 

4

Candidates are to be in an appropriate instrumental or choral ensemble, as assigned by the supervising conductor or program director, for two terms of full-time residence. Candidates must enroll in 2 units of an instrumental ensemble to fulfill this requirement for instrumental conducting, or 2 units of a choral ensemble for choral conducting.

5

Two elective units are required for this degree. These units may be chosen from any graduate-level music course. Applied lessons used in this requirement will generate an additional fee.