The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Choral Department is proud to offer both Masters of Music and Doctor of Music degrees in Choral Conducting.
While the department does not currently offer an undergraduate major in choral conducting, we do offer an undergraduate minor. The department's primary academic focus is graduate degrees in choral conducting. The department also offers minor field areas for other graduate degreees.
Visit the Graduate Advising & Records Services for more information on graduate degree Requirements.
Master of Music Degree (M.M.) in Choral Conducting
Minimum Credits 30, Minimum GPA 3.000
Major Field Requirements (20 Credits)
Conducting (9 Credits Total)
- G561 Master's Choral Conducting I (3 cr)
- G562 Master's Choral Conducting II (3 cr) (3 credits x 2 enrollments)
Literature and Score Analysis (9 Credits Total)
- M555 Foundations in Choral Score Analysis and Preparation. (3 cr, concurrent with G561)
- M565 Master's Seminar in Choral Lit. (3 credits x 2 enrollments concurrent with G562)
Score Reading (2 Credits Total)
- F531 Score Reading and Aural Skills I (1 cr)
- F532 Score Reading and Aural Skills II (1 cr)
Conducting Performances (0 Credits Total)
- G604 Master's Choral Conducting Performance (0 credits x 2 performances)
Student may demonstrate proficiency in F531-F532 without having to substitute other graduate-level courses.
Major Ensemble: Enrollment in a major ensemble (X070) is required each semester of enrollment.
Music History and Literature Requirement (6 Credits Total)
Choose two courses from the following list:
- M525 Survey of Operatic Literature (3 cr)
- M527 Symphonic Literature (3 cr)
- M528 Chamber Music Literature (3 cr)
- M650 Music in the United States (3 cr)
- M651 Medieval Music (3 cr)
- M652 Renaissance Music (3 cr)
- M653 Baroque Music (3 cr)
- M654 Classic Music (3 cr)
- M655 Romantic Music (3 cr)
- M656 Music Since 1900 (3 cr)
- M502 Composers: Variable Topics (3 cr)1
- M510 Topics in Music Literature (3 cr)1
1Course topics may not be repeated.
Outside Area (6 credits)
The Outside Area comprises six credit hours in one field, which can be satisfied in any of three ways:
- six credit hours in one department of the Jacobs School of Music other than your major, with approval of the appropriate department chairperson and the Director of Graduate Studies
- six credit hours in one field outside of the JSoM, with approval of the graduate advisor in that department and the Director of Graduate Studies in the JSoM
- six credit hours within or outside the JSoM, with approval of the Director of Graduate Studies in accordance with departmental guidelines. For this option, called an "individualized outside area," the courses must fit a specific theme or emphasis; a written proposal is required. To declare an Outside Area, students must complete an Outside Area Approval Form, acquire the appropriate signature, and submit the form to the Graduate Office.
Prior to graduation, all master's degree students must pass an oral or written examination. It is the responsibility of the student to consult with the major field department to ascertain the procedures established within that department. This consultation should be accomplished within the first year of residency.
Doctor of Music Degree (D.M.) in Choral Conducting
Minimum Credits 60, minimum GPA 3.000
Major Field Requirements (36 Credits)
Conducting (12 Credits Total)
- G661 Doctoral Choral Conducting: Renaissance (3 cr)
- G662 Doctoral Choral Conducting: Baroque (3 cr)
- G663 Doctoral Choral Conducting: Classic/Romantic (3 cr)
- G664 Doctoral Choral Conducting: Music Since 1900 (3 cr)
Literature (12 Credits Total)
- M661 Doctoral Seminar in Choral Lit: Renaissance (3 cr)
- M662 Doctoral Seminar in Choral Lit: Baroque (3 cr)
- M663 Doctoral Seminar in Choral Lit: Classic/Romantic (3 cr)
- M664 Doctoral Seminar in Choral Lit: Music Since 1900 (3 cr)
Elective (3 Credits Total)
Course(s) totaling 3 credits approved by the Choral Conducting Chairperson
Score Reading (2 Credits Total)
- F533 Advanced Score Reading and Aural Skills I (1 cr)
- F534 Advanced Score Reading and Aural Skills II (1 cr)
Performances (4 Credits Total)
- G810 Doctoral Choral Conducting Performance I (2 cr)
- G811 Doctoral Choral Conducting Performance II (2 cr)
Final Project (3 Credits Total)
- M620 Doctoral Final Project (var. credit-3 credits total)
Minor Field Requirements (2 minors x 12 credits each)
The Doctor of Music degree requires the first minor field to be selected from Music Education, Music History & Literature, or Music Theory. The second minor field may be a second formal minor, an individualized minor, or guided electives approved by the student's advisory committee chairperson and the director of graduate studies.
Bibliography (2 Credits Total)
- M539 Introduction to Music Bibliography (2 cr)
Students in a doctoral degree program are not considered candidates for the degree until they have passed the qualifying examinations (styles, major field, first minor field, second minor field [if applicable], and orals). Qualifying examinations are taken after all coursework and proficiencies have been completed.