2013-14 Catalogs

MM in Conducting

The Master of Music - Area of Study in Conducting has the following areas of emphasis:

  • Choral
  • Orchestral
  • Wind

See Requirements, below.

Choral Conducting
     Requires a minimum of 31 credit hoursCredits
     MUS 510 Bibliography and Research in Music3
     MUS 520 Seminar in Music History3
     MUS 530 Seminar in Music Theory3
     MUP 603 Applied Music (choral conducting)9
     MUP 690 Recital0
     MUS 501 Chorale (2 sem.) or1
     MUS 505 Chamber Singers (2 sem.)1
     MUS 533 Advanced Analysis of Tonal Music3
     MUS 535 Advanced Aural Skills3
     Electives–Any MUS, MUP, or MUE 500- or 600-levelcourses6

Nine credits of applied music in choral conducting (three 3-credit courses) will be scheduled as private lessons and will be supplemented by rehearsal time with one of the University choral ensembles or other appropriate ensemble. Three substantial topics will be covered during the course of the applied study: choral-orchestral conducting, a research project to create a detailed program note, and a repertoire list.

Orchestral Conducting
Requires a minimum of 31 credit hoursCredits
     MUS 510 Bibliography and Research in Music3
     MUS 520 Seminar in Music History3
     MUS 530 Seminar in Music Theory3
     MUP 603 Applied Music (orchestral conducting)9
     MUP 690 Recital0
     MUS 500 Orchestra (two semesters)1
     MUS 533 Advanced Analysis of Tonal Music3
     MUS 535 Advanced Aural Skills3
     Electives–Any MUS, MUP, or MUE 500- or 600-level courses6

Nine credits of applied music in orchestral conducting (three 3-credit courses) will be scheduled as private lessons and will be supplemented by rehearsal time with the University Orchestra or other appropriate ensemble. A one-year residency is required.

Wind Conducting
Requires a minimum of 31 credit hoursCredits
     MUS 510 Bibliography and Research in Music3
     MUS 520 Seminar in Music History3
     MUS 530 Seminar in Music Theory3
     MUP 603 Applied Music (wind conducting)9
     MUP 690 Recital0
     MUS 502 Concert Band (two semesters) or1
     MUS 508 Wind Ensemble (two semesters)1
     MUS 533 Advanced Analysis of Tonal Music3
     MUS 535 Advanced Aural Skills3
     Electives–Any MUS, MUP, or MUE 500- or 600-levelcourses6

Nine credits of applied music in wind conducting (three 3-credit courses) will be scheduled as private lessons and will be supplemented by rehearsal time with the Concert Band, Wind Ensemble or other appropriate ensemble. A one-year residency is required.

Information for Matriculated Students

Graduate Competency Exams

All incoming School of Music graduate students must pass competency exams in music theory/ear training and music history and literature prior to enrollment in MUS 530 Seminar in Music Theory and MUS 520 Seminar in Music History. These exams will be graded pass/fail. Each exam may be taken no more than three times. Students unable to pass after three attempts must withdraw from the program.

Special Requirements and Standards

All music graduate programs must be completed within six years from the date of matriculation.

Students must maintain a B average in all course work and must have no grade lower than B-. Students who receive grades lower than B- will be reviewed for retention in the graduate program.

Each program requires that students demonstrate mastery in their primary area of study. Conducting students meet this requirement through the presentation of recitals.

The following conditions will apply to all recitals:

  • Required recitals must be performed after successful completion of the comprehensive exams
  • Grading of the recital will be by a committee of no less than three jurors. The jurors will be drawn from the graduate faculty, the degree candidate's graduate advisor, and the degree candidate's private instructor.
  • The candidate must receive a grade of B or higher on each recital. If the grade of B is not achieved, the candidate must perform another recital that contains at least 50 percent new material. If the grade of B or higher is not achieved at this recital retake, the candidate must petition the faculty to remain in the degree program.
Transfer credit

Six graduate credits may be transferred to USM from another NASM-accredited college or university.

Admissions credit: Additionally, no more than six graduate credits for work earned at USM in the five years prior to matriculation may be credited to the master's degree.

Residency

A one-year residency is required for wind and orchestral conducting. Residency is not required in choral conducting.

Exit Requirements

Exit requirements are specific to each program. Please consult the faculty advisor in these programs for a list of requirements.

Contact the USM Office of Graduate Admissions for an application and instructions. Visit Graduate Admissions online at: http://usm.maine.edu/graduateadmissions.

Every applicant for admission must submit:

  • An application form.
  • The application fee.
  • Official transcripts of all previous college and university work.
  • An essay of 300-500 words on your professional goals
  • A professional résumé

In addition, applicants to the School of Music graduate programs in conducting must fulfill the following requirements prior to enrollment:

  • A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent in music or music education
  • An audition (by invitation only; see details below). Music education applicants submit additional materials in lieu of an audition.
  • One year or its equivalent of full-time teaching or conducting experience.

Applicants in conducting must submit:

  • A video recording which contains at least fifteen minutes of conducting, at least half of which should be of a performance.
  • A representative repertoire of works performed.
  • Music Audition

Once the Office of Graduate Admissions application is complete, the School of Music Graduate Studies Committee will review the materials and make a recommendation to the School's coordinator of graduate studies. The program advisor for the specific area of concentration will contact applicants selected for audition. Applicants will take a sight singing exam at the time of the audition.

Each area of conducting specialty has specific audition requirements outlined below. Acceptance into an area of study is exclusive to that area, and a separate application and audition is required for each area. Due to the intensive and individualized nature of a graduate program in music, admission in specific areas will be limited.

The conducting audition requires:

  • Choral: prepare a musical score(s) of at least ten minutes duration, know its musical structure and be able both to conduct it and to sing any musical line.
  • Orchestral: prepare the first movement of a Beethoven symphony, know its structure, and be able to conduct it.
  • Wind: prepare the Ralph Vaughan Williams "Folk Song Suite," know its musical structure, and be able to conduct it and to sing any musical line.
  • Optional for the conducting audition:
  • Choral: play at the piano the following: a five-minute piece of at least the level of difficulty of a Clementi sonatina; all major and minor scales, hands together, two octaves; a Bach chorale at sight; "My Country 'tis of Thee" in all keys with an improvised accompaniment of I, IV, V chords; sing two art songs, one in Italian and one in English.
  • Instrumental: perform a five-minute piece on an instrument of the applicant's choice that demonstrates a level of competence equivalent to a Bachelor of Music on that instrument.
  • Preference will be given to conductors who have performance expertise.