Apr 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Music, M.Mu. - Orchestral Conducting Concentration

Additional Admissions Requirements

Applicants must submit the following: (1) a face-to-the-camera conducting video of 10 to 30 minutes in length of one or more recent performances by an ensemble that they have conducted, uploaded within the Acceptd application.; (2) a list of works rehearsed or conducted, indicating (R) for rehearsed and (C) conducted, in the last 3 years; (3) a list of works performed on their major instrument at the undergraduate level; (4) evidence of current employment as an instrumental conductor or access to an appropriate instrument ensemble.

Concentration Requirements (36 Credit Hours)

Applied Music Requirements

9 Hours

  • APCD 8001 - Applied Instrumental Conducting I 3 Credit Hours
  • APCD 8002 - Applied Instrumental Conducting II 3 Credit Hours
  • APCD 8003 - Applied Instrumental Conducting III 3 Credit Hours

Music History

3 Hours

  • Select one 8000-level course in Music History

Music Theory

3 Hours

Select one graduate-level course in Music Theory:

Graduate Music Electives

9 Hours

Select nine credit hours of graduate-level electives in music.

Comprehensive Examination

By the midpoint of the final semester of study, the student will schedule an oral and/or written examination. The committee should include at least three faculty members (including the applied instructor or area coordinator, one theory faculty member, and one history faculty member). The examinations will assess the student’s knowledge regarding repertoire, pedagogy, music theory, and music history. The student will be expected to synthesize his/her knowledge and demonstrate a high level of musical understanding. Preparation should include a detailed review of all graduate courses taken and a review of the music that has been studied and performed as part of the master’s program. Each area will determine the proficiency requirements for the Comprehensive Exam for the Major Area. The appropriate area will administer the Major Area portion of the comprehensive exam and students will be required to demonstrate proficiency as determined by their major professor and/or area coordinator. These exams may consist of paper, an oral exam, program notes for recital, a short lecture to be presented in conjunction with a recital, etc. Each foundation studies member will determine appropriate comprehensive examination questions based on the coursework the student has completed at Georgia State University in their appropriate field, and will administer the exam as they see fit. This can be an oral exam, written exam, papers, etc. It will be the student’s responsibility to complete all portions of these comprehensive exams and collect appropriate approval signatures from their major area, music history, and music theory and turn their final comprehensive exam form into the graduate director. Students planning to graduate in the Fall or Spring must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the twelfth week of classes. Students planning to graduate in the Summer must complete the comprehensive examination by the end of the fourth week of classes.