The conducting degree program offers opportunities to develop the skills essential to the art of conducting music ensembles. Students select band, orchestral or choral conducting as an area of expertise. The program includes in-depth study of music literature and history, music analysis, and rehearsal and conducting techniques. Many students in the program have K-12 teaching positions while others have gone on to doctoral study and college teaching.
Research Opportunities and Assistantships
Composition students have many opportunities to present their original pieces, including concerts throughout the semester as well as state and regional conferences. Students have the opportunity to work and do research alongside faculty who have a national and international reputation. Graduate assistantships are offered on a competitive basis.
Admission to the conducting program requires:
- A bachelor's degree or equivalent;
- an in-person interview (or video conference interview if distance prohibits);
- a portfolio of compositions with scores and audio files;
- three letters of recommendation; and
- a writing sample.
Students applying for a graduate assistantship should also submit a resume and a cover letter stating their qualifications and duties they can perform.
Apply online at
apply.cmich.edu and submit additional materials listed above to:
School of Music 162
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Students must present a recital that they conduct and submit a researched paper (Plan B) for graduation, as well as pass written comprehensive examinations in music history and score analysis.
The conducting degree is fully accredited by the
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).