Online Master of Music with a Concentration in Conducting
30 credit hours | In-state tuition: $490/credit hour | Out-of-state tuition: $575/credit hour
- Designed to fit perfectly around school schedules; is one of only two programs in the country that may be completed with two summer on-campus components and remaining curricular requirements online
- Unique format combines the best of online and face-to-face learning and allows public school music teachers to pursue a Master of Music degree while continuing to work full-time
- Allows students to focus on wind, choral, or orchestral conducting
- Teaches a pedagogically-based curriculum that includes in-depth study of various areas of specialty
- Provides access to a stellar faculty
- Offered by UTEP's College of Liberal Arts
- Available on the Academic Common Market*
Advance Your Music Education Career
More and more music professionals are earning their master’s degree as a way to advance in their careers and enhance their music knowledge. Music teachers in public schools go through intensive training as undergraduates, but there is a limit to how much can be covered at that level. These teachers frequently lead ensembles as part of their work but need additional education and training to further develop these skills and to focus more intensely on specialized topics. UTEP’s Master of Music degree in Conducting provides this in-depth training, and with a curricular component that can be completed online during the academic year when public schools are in session, this degree is convenient for working professionals.
As a Master’s degree, this program requires academic and musical training gained through a Bachelor of Music degree. Those who do not have a B.M. degree may be prepared to be successful in the program with sufficient coursework in academic music classes (theory, history, pedagogy) and practical professional experience conducting a music ensemble. Please contact Dr. Dominic Dousa, Graduate Program Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org; 915-747-7819), if you do not have an undergraduate degree and are interested in the program.
Our student success initiative, the UTEP Edge, develops upon students’ assets through a variety of high-impact experiences. These experiences are designed to improve student skills and give UTEP students a competitive advantage as they move forward in their lives and careers. Our goal as a campus is to provide these UTEP Edge experiences to all students, regardless of their area of study, so they will graduate with a competitive advantage over their peers. These are the Edge experiences Music students will have and the Edge skills they will graduate with:
- Learning Communities
- Online Experiences
- Creative Activities
- Research and Scholarly Activities
- Critical Thinking
- Problem Solving
- Global Awareness
Learn From Renowned Faculty
The Department of Music is staffed by nationally and internationally known experts, including conductors like Dr. Elisa Wilson. Students in the program will have the opportunity to be mentored by these individuals and enhance their effectiveness as professional conductors by developing their musical skills under their tutelage.
The Master of Music degree with a concentration in Conducting requires a total of 30 semester credit hours. In this concentration, up to 18 credits may be completed online during the academic year (spring and summer semesters). The remaining 12 credits are completed during on-campus sessions across 2 summers. To successfully complete all MM requirements in a timely manner, students must be in a position to lead/conduct an ensemble in a public school (or in an established community ensemble) for all the fall and spring semesters of their enrollment in the program. Before applying, please contact Graduate Music Program Director, Dr. Dominic Dousa (email@example.com; 915-747-7819) for more information on the program and the application process.
The degree includes 5 core courses plus 5 additional courses that are determined based on whether the student is focusing on wind, orchestral or choral conducting.
Note: Students residing in the El Paso region can elect to take courses marked with an asterisk (*) in face-to-face or hybrid format.
Conducting Core Courses: 3 credits each for all areas of focus - Wind, Choral and Orchestral
Additional Music Courses (3 credits each)
Wind History and Literature I
Wind History and Literature II
Choral History and Literature
2 elective courses
One additional pedagogy course (Woodwind, Brass, or Percussion)
One history and literature course
2 elective courses