Conducting


Master’s and Doctoral Programs


Graduate opportunities

Becoming a successful conductor involves more than knowing how to work a baton.

One must have a deep understanding of the score, how to rehearse and how to lead a successful program — whether as a professor at a top university or artistic director of a professional ensemble. Those are just a few of the skills you’ll hone while studying Conducting at the University of North Texas.

The Division of Conducting and Ensembles offers course work leading to a Master of Music or Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Performance with a specialization in Conducting. You can focus your studies on choral conducting, orchestral conducting or wind conducting depending on your career aspirations.

Our students combine classroom study with practical experience. The necessary coursework will focus on:

  • Technique
  • Rehearsal technique
  • Score study
  • Programming
  • Interpretation
  • Public speaking
  • Style

You’ll receive hands-on experience working with various ensembles throughout the year. UNT ensembles include six choral ensembles, two orchestras and seven wind bands. These ensembles regularly appear in concert programs throughout the year and performances at various state, national and international events.

Faculty members are experienced professionals who’ve worked with a wide array of ensembles worldwide, ranging from the Southeast Asian Youth Wind Ensemble in Bangkok, Thailand to groups in Austria, China, Great Britain and South Korea, among others.

Outstanding resources

The College of Music is one of the nation’s most comprehensive music schools and is recognized internationally for its artistic and academic excellence.

It’s vital to the region’s arts community, presenting more than 1,000 concerts annually. Its facilities include 300 practice rooms, seven performance venues (including the Lyric Theater in the Murchison Performing Arts Center and Voertman Hall), numerous classrooms and rehearsal rooms, computer labs and an intermedia theater.

The college is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21; Reston, Va. 20190-5248; telephone 703-437-0700). This means the college meets or exceeds strict academic standards for excellence in education.

UNT provides a wide variety of services exclusively to graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Support office can help you with writing, and a Dissertation Boot Camp and other specialized workshops are available through the Toulouse Graduate School. Many of the workshops are available online for your convenience.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You’ll need to meet the admission requirements for the graduate school and the College of Music and complete an audition before a faculty jury. Graduate school requirements are outlined at the graduate school website. Admission to the College of Music requires providing the following materials before the first Monday in December.

  • Completed College of Music application
  • Résumé providing complete information concerning your musical experience and training
  • Repertoire list of works studied and conducted
  • Video recording showing your conducting abilities
  • Statement of career objectives
  • Three letters of recommendation

Contact the Division of Conducting and Ensembles for more information about admission requirements.

Degree requirements

Choral Conducting

Master of Music degree
  • 12 credit hours of choral conducting courses and final recital
  • 6 credit hours of choral literature courses
  • 6 credit hours of music history and music theory courses
  • 9 credit hours in a related field
  • 3 credit hours in music research course
Doctor of Musical Arts degree
  • 13 credit hours of choral conducting courses
  • 9 credit hours of choral literature courses
  • 12 credit hours in a related field
  • 6 credit hours of music history courses
  • 6 credit hours of music theory courses
  • 2 credit hours of electives
  • 12 credit hours of dissertation

Orchestral Conducting

Master of Music degree
  • 12 credit hours of instrumental conducting courses and final recital
  • 6 credit hours of instrumental literature courses
  • 6 credit hours of music history and music theory courses
  • 9 credit hours in a related field
  • 3 credit hours in music research course

Doctor of Musical Arts degree

  • 12 credit hours of instrumental conducting courses
  • 6 credit hours of instrumental literature courses
  • 12 credit hours in a related field
  • 6 credit hours of music history courses
  • 6 credit hours of music theory courses
  • 6 credit hours of electives
  • 12 credit hours of dissertation

Wind Conducting

Master of Music degree
  • 12 credit hours of wind conducting courses and final recital
  • 6 credit hours of literature courses
  • 6 credit hours of music history and music theory courses
  • 9 credit hours in a related field
  • 3 credit hours in music research course
Doctor of Musical Arts degree
  • 12 credit hours of wind conducting courses
  • 6 credit hours of literature courses
  • 12 credit hours in a related field
  • 6 credit hours of music history courses
  • 6 credit hours of music theory courses
  • 6 credit hours of electives
  • 12 credit hours of dissertation

Financial assistance

Once admitted to the College of Music, you’re eligible for competitive, merit-based scholarships and teaching assistantships and fellowships. Assistantships and fellowships are awarded each spring for the following academic year. More information about these opportunities is available at our website. Other financial assistance programs are outlined at the financial aid site.