Degree Requirements

Master of Music
Orchestral Conducting



The two-year Master of Music (M.M.) degree in Conducting trains students in the artistic, technical, physical, and leadership skills required of successful conductors at the professional and post-secondary levels. Intensive coursework in conducting, score study, analysis, musicology, and theory is combined with regular opportunities to conduct university ensembles.




Administrative Contacts
Role Contact Person
Director of Graduate Studies, Graduate Advisor  James Buhler
Graduate Coordinator Marina Martinez
Graduate Admissions Coordinator Daniel Seriff
Scholarships & Assistantships Coordinator Anne Hall
Registrar Stephen Wray
HR Coordinator Aaron Pyle
Operations & Scheduling Page Stephens


Orchestral Conducting Division Contacts & Faculty
Role Contact Person
Division Head & Area Counselor Jerry Junkin
Director, Symphony Orchestra Farkhad Khudyev


Degree Requirements 

The M.M. in Orchestral Conducting requires 30 hours of registered coursework, a comprehensive examination, and a recital. 

Major Coursework 

Major Coursework for the M.M. in Orchestral Conducting
Hours Course Number Course Title/Description
8 CON 480S  Graduate Conducting (2 semesters) 

MUS 698RA and 

Master’s Recital (2 semesters) 

The recital may be performed at any time during the third or fourth semester. 

6 MUS 387L 

Advanced Studies in Music Literature 
Topic 5: Music for Wind Instruments 
Topic 7: Orchestral Music 

Find recital scheduling procedures on the Butler School Operations website. 

A comprehensive examination is required of all master’s degree candidates, usually in the final semester. 

Supporting Work 

Supporting Coursework for the M.M. in Orchestral Conducting
Hours Course Number Course Title/Description

MUS 388T 
MUS 388M 3 

Analytical Techniques or 
Contemporary Styles and Techniques 

2 ENS 18x  Problems in Performance Practice (2 semesters) 
2 MUS 280D  Topics in Diction and Translation 
3-6   Semester hours chosen from upper-division and/or graduate level courses in music history, music theory, Music & Human Learning, or related fields outside of music 




Advising & Registration

For information about course registration, deadlines, adding and dropping courses and other policies, visit the Graduate School Academic & Registration Policies webpage.

Students who wish to take an independent study course need to fill out a Consent Form. Once the faculty member and Graduate Coordinator have approved your request, the bar to register for the course will be lifted.

To be eligible for fellowships, scholarships and assistantships, graduate students are required to be enrolled full-time (at least 9 hours).

All international students are also required to be enrolled full-time during each long semester, regardless of whether they receive funding from the Butler School of Music.

Transferring Coursework

A new master’s student may petition to transfer up to six credits of graduate level coursework completed at another institution, subject to approval by both the Butler School of Music Graduate Studies Committee chair and the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Detailed transfer regulations and forms for master’s students are maintained by the Graduate School.



Graduation Timeline

Semester-by-Semester Overview

Prior to 1st semester

  • All students must take the diagnostic examinations in music history and music theory. Additional diagnostic exams are administered for students in composition, voice, jazz and music theory.

Semester 3

  • Registration for the following if required – MUS 698RA, 698A.
  • M.M. Piano Performance students take their group comprehensive exam.
  • With the approval of their studio teacher, some performance area students may perform their thesis recital.

Semester 4

  • Students must submit a completed M.M. degree check form to verify their completion of coursework.
  • Students must apply to graduate – check graduate school website for deadline.
  • Registration for the following if required – MUS 698RB, 698B, 398M.
  • M.M. String students take their group comprehensive exam.
  • All other students take individual comprehensive exams as arranged by their studio teacher (for performance area students) or their supervising professor (for academic area students).
  • Most performance area students perform their thesis recital.
  • M.M. Music & Human Learning – Non-Thesis Track complete their master’s project.
  • M.M. Music Theory, M.M. Music & Human Learning – Thesis Track and M.M. Composition students complete their master’s thesis or master’s report and submit it to the Graduate School.
  • M.M. Ethnomusicology and M.M. Musicology students complete their master’s report and submit it to the Graduate School.



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