Master of Arts in Band Conducting

Program Description

The 30-hour Master of Arts in Band Conducting degree program offers students hands-on learning through an intensive 3-week residency in Ashland, Oregon as well as on-line course delivery through Sam Houston State University.  In collaboration with the American Band College (ABC) of Ashland Oregon, the summer-only program combines an intense study of conducting, pedagogy, score study and analysis, and band literature.  Students work with conductors, composers, performer/teachers, and clinicians from around the world to improve their skills as professional band directors.


Students seeking admission to the Master of Arts in Band Conducting program must submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Students must submit three letters of recommendation
  4. Transcripts from all previous college level academic work are required and should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies. An undergraduate/Baccalaureate degree from a NASM accredited institution or equivalent international degree in music is required.
  5. International students must submit an official TOEFL score of at least 213 on the computer based exam or at least 550 on the paper-based exam.

Degree Requirements

Master of Arts in Band Conducting
Item Course Number Course Title Hours
Specified Courses Choose all from:
COND 5001 Applied Conducting 8
MUEN 5112 Graduate Ensemble 3
MUSI 6181 Recital 1
MUSI 6285 Applied Analysis and Pedagogy 6
MUSI 6388 Band Research and Pedagogy 3
MUSI 5388 Seminar in Literature 3
MUSI 5398 Advanced Studies in the Applied Discipline 3
MUSI 6031 Major Document 3
Electives None
Thesis None
Hours 30



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