Music - Music Conducting
Students pursuing the Master of Music in Conducting are given extensive podium time and are mentored by dedicated and active conducting faculty. Upon graduation students are prepared to:
- seek their doctoral degree
- conduct school, church or community ensembles
- conduct at a community college or university
The curriculum includes:
- applied conducting
- analysis for conductors
- practicum in conducting
- electives chosen from courses like non-degree recitals, music technology, music history, music theory, music education, music therapy, music business, jazz studies, ensembles, and non-music courses
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University Admission Requirements
A student applying to a master's program must:
- have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
- have a minimum 2.8 GPA (on a scale in which an A is a 4.0) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work
- present unofficial transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. The unofficial transcript should be easily readable and clearly indicate degree(s) awarded, courses and course grades for each term. If accepted, official transcripts can be emailed from the university to GraduateAdmissions@IllinoisState.edu or mailed in a sealed envelope to: Illinois State University, Graduate School, 209 Hovey Hall, Campus Box 4040, Normal, IL 61790-4040.
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.
Additional Program Admission Requirements
The GRE is not required for the Music Conducting program.
To be considered for this program, you must meet the following requirements.
You must have a degree in music (or the equivalent for international students).
School of Music Application
You must submit a School of Music application (included within the University application).
Letters of Recommendation
This program requires three current letters of recommendation.
Performance Audition (Orchestral Conducting only)
You must have a live or recorded performance audition on your primary applied instrument. Find suggested repertoire of your specific instrument/voice.
Upload to the application portal (as supplementary materials) a list of works conducted in public performance, including dates and name of the performing ensemble.
Submit a “face-to-the-camera” YouTube video of you conducting in both rehearsal and performance settings. The video should be approximately 15 minutes of material, and both small and large ensemble excerpts are acceptable. Please take one minute at the beginning of the video to introduce yourself and briefly describe your goals in pursuing a graduate degree in conducting. You may list this link in the audition section of the application or list it in your uploaded list of public performances.
Additional Admission Requirements (International Students Only)
The following documents need to be sent to the Office of Admissions.
- English translation(s) of official transcript(s), verified with fresh seals and signatures
- Declaration of Finances
- Official English Language Exam Score (TOEFL or IELTS). The minimum iBT TOEFL score is 79. The minimum overall IELTS score is 6.5. Official scores need to be sent to Illinois State directly from ETS (TOEFL) or the testing center which administered the test (IELTS).
- Copy of passport
- Fall Term — March 1 for graduate assistantship consideration; other applications are reviewed as space permits
- Spring Term — Applications are reviewed as space permits
- Summer Term — Not available
The University provides graduate assistantships as a means of financial support. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.
To be eligible for an assistantship a student must, generally,
- be admitted unconditionally as a degree-seeking student into a graduate academic program, or have a minimum of 120 undergraduate hours if in an integrated degree program
- be in good-standing
- be enrolled full-time (typically at least 9 credit hours during the fall or spring semesters, or at least 6 hours during the summer session).
Graduate assistants receive
- monthly wages paid in the form of either a stipend or an hourly wage
- a waiver for 100% of tuition during a semester of appointment
- a waiver for up to 12 credit hours of tuition for the summer term immediately following a fall or spring appointment
Graduate Tuition Waivers
The School of Music awards a limited number of Graduate Tuition Waivers on a competitive basis to incoming students who show promise for success and who have not received an assistantship or other awards funding tuition costs. The School of Music may also award Graduate Tuition Waivers to current students who show or continue to show growth and promise for success and have made positive contributions to the School. These tuition waivers are awarded upon recommendation of the faculty and approval by the Graduate Advisory Committee, and are contingent upon funding from the University.
Incoming students who have been admitted into graduate programs in the School of Music must be enrolled full-time and have a minimum entrance GPA of 2.8 to be eligible to apply. In addition, incoming summers-only MMEd students may be eligible to receive tuition waiver funds but must be full-time teachers and not already receiving funding from their employing school district.
Current full-time students in the School of Music must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be eligible to apply. In addition, current summers-only MMEd students may be eligible to receive tuition waiver funds but must be full-time teachers and not already receiving funding from their employing school district.
To apply, complete the tuition waiver application (including the Selective Service Statement) and return the application to Dr. Angelo L. Favis in the School of Music Office (CE 230). Tuition waivers may be applied to the cost of tuition only; the graduate student must make arrangements to pay student fees, insurance, or other educational expenses.
The deadline for priority consideration for a tuition waiver for the fall semester is May 1.
The deadline for priority consideration for the spring semester is November 1.
The deadline for priority consideration for the summer semester is April 1.
Review more information about graduate funding options at Illinois State University.
See Student Accounts for information on tuition and fees. Funding for graduate students is available from several different sources. Students who have been admitted from contiguous states including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin will receive in-state tuition.