Choral Conducting, M.M.
ESTHER BOYER COLLEGE OF MUSIC AND DANCE
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Fall: February 1
[December 15 for international applicants]
Applications are processed as they arrive up to the deadline
Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 2
From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from evaluators should
be able to provide insight into your abilities and talents,
as well as comment on your aptitude for graduate study.
Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:
All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent
of the appropriate Bachelor of Music degree at Temple University,
which is based on a curriculum of 124 to 135 hours.
Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:
A degree in music is expected.
Statement of Goals:
The Statement of Goals should include your special interests
within the discipline and expectations for the program.
Standardized Test Scores:
Minimum TOEFL score or range of scores needed to be accepted:
575 paper-based, 233 computer-based, or 90 internet-based. Any student admitted
with a TOEFL score below 600 on the paper-based, 250 on the
computer-based, or 100 on the internet-based examination must pass an English skills course
or successfully pass the SPEAK test during her first semester
of enrollment at Temple University.
Prospective Choral Conducting students must
submit a "pre-audition" video
tape of a rehearsal or performance of at least 10 minutes
in duration. Selected applicants will rehearse
and conduct the Concert Choir, a 40-voice
mixed ensemble, for approximately 20 minutes
in three or four stylistically and historically
varied choral pieces selected by the choral faculty. This
repertoire will be sent to the applicant when
the completed application has been received
by the College and an audition has been scheduled
by calling 215-204-8304. Auditions are held early in the
A resume is required.
Due to the large number of applications
for admission and the competitive nature
of its music programs, the College admits
only a portion of its applicants. In addition
to the general admissions credentials required
of all Temple University graduate applicants,
Boyer College of Music specialized admission
criteria (i.e., auditions, portfolios, interviews,
recommendations, departmental term papers,
and standardized examinations) are very
heavily weighted in Boyer College of Music
admission decisions. Graduate applicants
may be rejected for admission for failing
to obtain the required level of proficiency
in any one area of the specialized admission
criteria regardless of the level of success
in meeting the Temple University general
admission criteria. In addition to the level
of success demonstrated in the criteria listed above, a final admission factor is the
College's Optimum Enrollment Policy. This
Policy may preclude the admission of any
student who meets the minimum requirements.
Students who wish to transfer credit should speak with their academic advisor and obtain a transfer of credit form, available at www.temple.edu/grad/forms/documents/Transfer_Grad_Credit_05.pdf Transfer credits must be approved by the Advisor, the Department Chair, and the Associate Dean. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6 .
General Program Requirements:
Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 32
Music 451 (2) Choral Conducting
452 (2) Choral Conducting
453 (2) Choral Conducting/Recital
454 (2) Choral Conducing/Recital
480 (2) Choral Ensemble
491 (2) Advanced Choral Conducting
764 (2) Choral Literature
765 (2) Choral Literature
766 (2) Choral Literature
767 (2) Choral Literature
Music Studies 508-513 (3) Seminar in Theoretical/Stylistic Analysis
700 Research in Music
Electives (6) Select from Music, Music Education, Music Studies or
other graduate programs with approval of advisor.
Internship: None required.
Language Examination: None required
Harmony, Counterpoint, Aural Theory, and Music History. Prior to first semester of graduate study. Remedial coursework may be required.
Proficiencies in Voice, Piano, and Musicianship:
Evaluated by department in the first semester of graduate study.
Comprehensive Listening Examination
Two Public Recitals:
One in Fall semester of second year of study (Music 453) and one in Spring semester of second year of study (Music 454).
Major Area Oral Examination:
Fourth semster of study.
Except as noted, all degree credits are to be earned at Temple University.
All incomplete grades and keyboard proficiencies
must be completed by the 1st day of the
month in which the student expects to graduate.
Independent Study Courses:
study courses provide a special opportunity
for graduate students to work in a highly
individualized setting with one or more
faculty members. All such study must receive
the approval of the faculty member providing
the instruction, the student's major adviser,
and the Associate Dean. Approval will be
granted only after the student has presented
a detailed description of the intended independent
study project. Approval of independent study
projects will be granted only for students
whose academic and musical record provides
substantial support for the benefits of
this type of study. In no case may more
than 20% of a graduate student's curriculum
be taken as independent study. Private lessons
beyond those required in the curriculum
are not an appropriate form of independent
All entering Master of Music students
are required to take Diagnostic Examinations
in Harmony, Counterpoint, Aural Theory,
and Music History prior to the first semester
of graduate study. The purpose of these
examinations is to determine weaknesses
in undergraduate preparation.
Depending on the examination results, students may be required
to take one or more remedial courses. In these instances,
the remedial courses will be graded on a "Credit / No Credit" basis
and the official university transcript will indicate "CR" (for "Credit",
meaning that the deficiency has been satisfied) or "NC" (for "No
Credit", meaning that the deficiency has not been satisfied).
Students must have a "B-" or better average in any remedial
course or section thereof to earn the grade of "Credit" and
to satisfy the requirement. Students who earn a grade of "NC" (that
is, having a class average below "B-") must retake that course
or section until an average of "B-" or higher is achieved
and a grade of "CR" is recorded on the official university
transcript. Remedial courses are offered for undergraduate
credit only, and may not count toward graduate degree requirements.
1. All entering MM students must take the harmony, counterpoint,
and aural theory examination prior to the first semester
of graduate study unless conditions for exemption have been
met (see below). A student may take the test only once, and
if she does not pass the test or any portion thereof, she must enroll in the remedial course(s) during her first
semester of study.
Depending on which section(s) of the examination are failed,
the examiners will stipulate which sections of remedial coursework
each student must take. The courses are "Diatonic Harmony
Review" (Music Studies 201, one credit), "Chromatic Harmony Review" (Music
Studies 202, one credit), "Counterpoint Review" (Music Studies 203, one credit),
and "Graduate Aural Theory Review" (Music Studies 204, three credits).
2. Music History. Each entering MM student is required to take Diagnostic
Examinations in Music History prior to registering for her first semester of graduate student, unless conditions for
exemption have been met (see below). If the student is unsuccessful
in passing any portion of the Music History examination,
the student may select one of two options.
(Option A): Register
to take Music History Review (Music Studies 253 for 1 to
5 undergraduate credits, with 1 credit assigned to each of
the following five periods: Renaissance, Baroque, Classic,
Romantic, and Twentieth Century. A student may register for
a maximum of 3 credits of Music History Review in any semester;
thus, it is possible to extend the remediation over two semesters.
(Option B): A student may study independently and retake the
failed sections of the examination at the end of the first
semester of study. Each student may retake the examination only
once, and if any section is failed a second time, she must
take the assigned remedial sections in her second semester
3. Conditions for Exemption
The requirement to take the Examination in any of these areas
is waived only for graduates of the Boyer College of Music
who: 1) matriculate and enroll in the semester immediately
following completion of all undergraduate degree requirements,
and 2) received grades of "B-" or better in every undergraduate
course taken in each individual examination area to be waived.
Professional Development Policy:
students in the Boyer College of Music,
in addition to the required subjects toward
their degrees, are obliged to serve in a
number of capacities in order to enrich
their academic and musical expertise. The
Boyer College believes that such experiences
give impetus to successful professional
careers. Among the duties that may be required
are conducting laboratory classes, tutoring,
teaching private lessons, coaching, participating
in the distribution and inventory control
of University-owned musical instruments
and instructional materials, participating
in ensembles, accompanying, performing at
admissions and open house events, supervising
performance classes, and other academically
Graduate Private Lesson Policy:
degree students in non-performing curricula
may take up to six credits of applied study
toward the degree with the permission of
the major adviser. Such non-required lessons
may be taken only if the student can pass
the normal graduate-level performing audition
expected of performance majors. In this
event, a fee of $200, not covered by tuition
remission, is charged.
b. A graduate student, regardless of major, with a demonstrable
performing proficiency that may not meet the more rigorous
requirements of a graduate performance-level audition, may,
by audition, qualify to take two credits of applied study
per semester for graduate credit in the 290 course number
series. These courses carry a fee of $400 plus tuition and
may be applied to the non-performing curriculum for degree
credit up to six semester hours with the approval of the
c. Tuition remission may not be used to cover the private
a. Touring - All
students in touring performing ensembles
are required to participate in all scheduled
tours. These tours, usually one or two weeks
in length, often take place immediately
after termination of semesters. Ensemble members must arrange their schedules to accommodate
b. Participation - Master's degree candidates in wind, brass,
and percussion instruments must be available for ensemble
assignments at the discretion of the Department Chair, including
participation beyond curricular requirements.
c. Non-Credit Participation - With special permission, a graduate
student for whom there is no ensemble requirement, or where
previous ensemble credits exceed the graduation requirement,
may participate in choral and instrumental ensembles without
cost, with prior permission from the ensemble director, the
department chair, and the Associate Dean.
All students, including
those for whom English is not the native
language, are expected to present all written
work in acceptable English. No double standard
exists to differentiate students on the
basis of proficiency in the use of the English
language. Students are also responsible
for becoming familiar with the College's
statement on plagiarism and academic honesty.
for the Master of Music degree are required
to take a one-hour comprehensive examination
in music literature and theory. A list of l00 musical works of the standard
literature from the Middle Ages through
the 20th century is available to each student
when admitted to the College. The list is intended as an aid to preparation for the examination. It is suggested
that this examination be taken in the penultimate
term of study.
is in three parts: identification of specific
selections from a list of 100 works, identification
of a "mystery" selection, and score analysis.
the graduate music history and music theory
department select the music scores and musical
faculty members grade the examination.
pass all three sections. A score of 70%
or better must be achieved in the identification
section, and a "pass" or "weak pass" must
be achieved in the "mystery" selection and
the score analysis section.
is administered approximately ten times
each year. Students notify the music graduate
secretary no later than one week prior to
the requested examination administration
For examination dates, visit the Graduate Music Examination Schedule page on Boyer's website.
present two recitals (fall and spring semester)
in the second year of study, utilizing the
Recital Chorus and the Graduate Conductors'
are one-hour in length, and are typically
presented on-campus in either Rock Hall
or Klein Recital Hall. The student must
provide evidence through Temple University
transcript records of having taken the appropriate
coursework in preparation for the graduation
Graduation recitals are
adjudicated by three full-time music faculty
Program Contact Information:
Dept. of Choral Activities
Boyer College of Music
2001 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Professor Alan Harler
Professor Alan Harler
Professor Alan Harler
About the Program
The Department of Choral Activities offers
a program of study leading to the Master of
Music in Choral Conducting. Graduate majors
in the department have the opportunity to
conduct a number of resident ensembles, as
well as presenting their own recitals with
the Graduate Conductors' Chorus.
Time Limit for Degree Completion: 6 years
Students are required to complete the degree program through classes offered before and after 4:30 p.m. Students are also ble to complete
the degree program on a part-time basis (8
credit hours or less per semester).
Dept. of Choral Activities
Boyer College of Music and Dance
2001 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Students may elect to take up to six graduate credits outside the field of music, with approval of the major advisor.
The Boyer College of Music has been
ranked among the top 30 music schools in
the country by U.S. News & World Report.
This degree program is accredited by the National Association
of Schools of Music (NASM).
Areas of Specialization:
The degree is intended to prepare
students for successful careers in choral
music by providing the highest level of training
in the many skills required for the choral
conductor; including technical, theoretical,
analytical, historical, linguistic, keyboard,
and vocal skills. The department prepares
students to become teachers and conductors
striving toward the highest possible artistic
The program prepares musicians for
either professional activity or doctoral study.
Non-Degree Student Policy:
Non-matriculated students may enroll
in selected courses in music with permission
of the department chair and the Associate
The Boyer College offers a number of assistantships
and academic internships to matriculated graduate
students. Full awards carry a cash stipend
plus full tuition remission for the fall and
spring semesters. Partial awards also are
available in values of 1/4 or 1/2 of
a full award. Duties for assistantships and
internships vary, but typically include teaching,
tutoring, classroom assistance, research,
artistic performance, and/or direct service
related to academic programs. Applicants must
submit an assistantship/internship application
by March 1 to obtain priority consideration
for an award.
Applications are available online at the Graduate Financial Aid page of Boyer's website.
Typically these awards are made only in the
fall semester for up to two semesters, Fall
and Spring. Awards may be renewed on an annual
basis (typically up to one additional year
for Master's students and up to three years
for Doctoral students) based upon departmental
needs as well as satisfactory academic and
musical progress by the recipient.