Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

3 years
Credit Hours:

84 (with Bachelor's) 54 (with Master's)
Becoming a successful conductor involves more than knowing how to work a baton. Begin your doctoral studies in conducting at the world-renowned University of North Texas College of Music.
The Division of Conducting and Ensembles offers coursework leading to a 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.

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Why earn a degree in Conducting Performance?

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.

Marketable Skills
  • Goal facilitation and fulfillment
  • Exceptional memory capacity
  • Performance under pressure
  • Oral and written communication
  • Critical analysis

Conducting Performance Doctoral Degree Highlights

UNT has a long and distinguished history of preparing choral conductors for the challenges of the professional conductor/teacher.
Our faculty members are dedicated teachers and nationally and internationally known performers who have performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Minnesota Opera Orchestra, Dallas Opera Orchestra and many others.
We're one of the nation's most comprehensive music colleges and offer opportunities to meet some of the world's top music scholars and artists through specialized lectures and events hosted by various divisions in the college.
Being near Dallas and Fort Worth gives students additional performance opportunities including those with the Dallas Bach Society, Texas Camerata, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Opera Orchestra and symphony orchestras in Irving, Plano and Richardson.
Our facilities include the Murchison Performing Arts Center, which houses the Winspear PerformanceHall and the Lyric Theater. Both performance halls, as well as the center's large rehearsal space, have state-of-the-art acoustics.
The College of Music has a rich tradition in music and is attended by talented musicians from all over the world.

What Can You Do With A Degree in Conducting Performance?

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Conducting Performance Doctoral Degree Courses You Could Take

World Music Analysis (3 hrs)
Analytical approaches to world music; theoretical and practical issues in transcription; development of new paradigms for transcription, analysis and graphic representation of music.
Analytical Techniques for Popular Music (3 hrs)
Analysis of materials and techniques in popluar music and related musical genres.
Introduction to Ethnomusicology (3 hrs)
General overview of the discipline of ethnomusicology, including major contributions to the field, history, methodology and practical applications. Case studies are used to illustrate specific theoretical problems encountered in ethnomusicological research.
Music Cultures of the World (3 hrs)
Selected survey of music cultures of the world. Examination of musical traditions from a perspective that emphasizes music as an integral part of society and culture.
Advanced Issues in Music Research (3 hrs)
Advanced study of research and writing techniques and their application to proposals and papers, in the context of a selected topic.
Introduction to Research in Music (3 hrs)
Introduction to research techniques and application.

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