Student-centered, experiential learning for young conductors led by faculty artist-practitioners

We offer a M.M. in Conducting with concentrations available in Choral, Orchestral and Wind Band conducting. Undergraduate students take conducting classes as part of their degree requirements in composition, performance and music education.


Faculty

Dr. Jungho Kim, Director of Orchestra
Dr. Scott MacPherson, Director of Choral Studies
Dr. Wendy K. Matthews, Director of Bands

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Experiential Learning and Mentorship

Work closely with faculty mentors who are active conductors and scholars. 

Time on the Podium

  • Each area accepts a limited number of graduate conducting students, allowing for significant time on the podium in both rehearsal and performance.
  • Guided by their faculty mentors, past graduate students have the Kent State University Orchestra, Kent Chorale, Kent Wind Ensemble, Kent Symphony Band, Community Band, Men's and Women's Choruses, Kent State Opera and more.

Private Lessons, Courses and Seminars

  • Graduate conducting students also work with their faculty mentors one-on-one to hone in on gesture, score study and preparation, and rehearsal techniques. 
  • Performance pedagogy and historical practice are also covered. 
  • A survey of literature appropriate to the student’s concentration is required. 

Additional Opportunities

  • Culturally rich Northeast Ohio offers young conductors the opportunity to work with the many bands, choirs and orchestras that call the region home. 
  • Many conducting students choose to participate in additional choral or instrumental ensembles
  • Conducting students may also audition to take applied voice or instrumental lessons. 

Graduate Assistantships


Degrees and Programs Offered

Majors

M.M. in Conducting

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Graduate Assistantships and Audition Information

Graduate Assistantships

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS OFFERED BY THE GLAUSER SCHOOL OF MUSIC  

The Glauser School of Music offers graduate assistantships in applied music performance, conducting, ethnomusicology, music education, string quartet and theory. Appointments begin August of the academic year. 


STIPEND, TUITION WAIVER AND APPOINTMENT DETAILS

Stipend

  • All graduate assistantships (Master’s and Ph.D.) carry a stipend.
  • Ranges: $3,750-$10,000, depending on workload and degree level.

Tuition Waiver

  • Master’s Students: 9 credits per semester
  • Ph.D. Students: 9 credits per semester

Appointment

  • Graduate assistantship duties are assigned as appropriate for the student’s area of study or expertise.  
  • Workload: 10 hours (half-time) or 20 hours (full-time) per week.

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