Choral Conducting, M.M.
Center for the Arts / BOYER COLLEGE OF MUSIC AND DANCE
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Fall: December 1
Applications are processed as they arrive up to the deadline
APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.
Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 2
From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from evaluators who can provide insight into the applicant's abilities, talents, and 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 needed to be accepted:
79 iBT or 550 PBT.
See www.temple.edu/boyer for audition repertoire requirements.
A resume is required.
A student who wishes to transfer credit should speak with her/his
academic advisor and obtain a transfer of credit form, available at www.temple.edu/grad/forms.
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.
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,
specialized admission criteria (i.e., auditions, portfolios, interviews,
recommendations, departmental term papers, and standardized
examinations) are very heavily weighted in admission decisions of the
Boyer College of Music and Dance. 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
above-mentioned criteria, 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.
General Program Requirements:
Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 32
Required Courses (26 s.h.):
MUSC 8300: Choral Choir (2)
MUSC 8351: Choral Conducting Seminar (2)
MUSC 8352: Choral Conducting Seminar (2)
MUSC 8353: Choral Conducting Seminar (2)
MUSC 8354: Choral Conducing Seminar (2)
MUSC 8356: Choral Literature: Early Period (2)
MUSC 8357: Choral Literature: Classic and Romantic Periods (2)
MUSC 8358: Choral Literature: Baroque Period (2)
MUSC 8359: Choral Literature: 1910 to the Present (2)
MUSC 8384: Private Lesson: Choral Conducting Major (2)
MUST 8701: Research in Music (3)
MUST 8742: Seminar in Theoretical Analysis (3)
MUST 8746: Seminar in Stylistic Analysis (3)
Electives (6 s.h.) selected from Music, Music Education, Music Studies, or other graduate programs with advisor's approval.
Internship: No internship is required.
Language Examination: No language examination is required.
All entering Master of Music students are
required to take Diagnostic Examinations in Harmony, Counterpoint, Aural
Skills, 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
1. All entering M.M. students must take the Diagnostic Examination in
Harmony, Counterpoint, and Aural Skills prior to the first semester of
graduate study unless conditions for exemption have been met (see
below). Students may take the test only once, and if they do not pass
the test or any portion thereof, they must enroll in the remedial
course(s) during their first semester of study. Depending on which
section(s) of the examination are failed, the examiners stipulate
which sections of remedial coursework the student must take. The courses
are MUST 5001: Diatonic Harmony Review, MUST 5002:
Chromatic Harmony Review, MUST 5003: Counterpoint Review, and
MUST 5004: Graduate Aural Theory Review.
2. All entering M.M. students are required to take the Diagnostic
Examination in Music History prior to registering for their first
semester of graduate study 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
Option A entails registering to take MUST 5005: Music
History Review for 1 to 5 undergraduate credits, with 1 credit assigned
to each of the following five periods: Renaissance, Baroque, Classic,
Romantic, and Twentieth Century. Students may register for a maximum of 3
credits of MUST 5005 in any semester; thus, it is possible to
extend the remediation over two semesters.
Option B entails the student's studying independently and retaking
the failed sections of the examination at the end of the first semester
of study. Students may retake the examination only once, and if any
section is failed a second time, they must take the assigned remedial
sections in their second semester of study.
3. Conditions for Exemption: The requirement to take the Diagnostic
Examination in any area is waived only for graduates of the Boyer
College of Music and Dance who (a) matriculate and enroll in the
semester immediately following completion of all undergraduate degree
requirements; and (b) received grades of "B-" or better in every
undergraduate course taken in each individual examination area to be
Proficiencies in Voice, Piano, and Musicianship:
Proficiencies are evaluated by the department in the first semester of graduate study.
Professional Development Policy:
In addition to taking the required subjects
for their degrees, all students in the Boyer College of Music and Dance
are obligated to serve in a number of capacities in order to enrich
their academic and musical expertise. Boyer College of Music and Dance
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 Temple University-owned
musical instruments and instructional materials; participating in
ensembles; accompanying; performing at admissions and open house events;
supervising performance classes; and engaging in other academic
1. 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. Students must arrange their
schedules to accommodate this requirement.
2. 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
3. Non-Credit Participation: With special permission, graduate
students 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
Independent Study Courses:
Independent 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
students' major advisor, and the Associate Dean. Approval is
granted only after the student has presented a detailed description of
the intended independent study project. Approval of independent study
projects is 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 study.
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.
Graduate Private Lesson Policy:
students in non-performing curricula
may take up to six credits of applied study
toward the degree with the permission of
the major advisor. 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.
Alternately, a graduate student, regardless of major, with a demonstrable
performing proficiency that may not meet the more rigorous
requirements of a graduate-level performing audition, may,
by audition, qualify to take two credits of applied study
per semester for graduate credit. 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
major advisor. Tuition remission may not be used to cover the private
All incomplete grades and keyboard
proficiencies must be fulfilled by the first day of the month in which
the student expects to graduate.
for the Master of Music degree are required
to take a comprehensive examination in the major area which is designed and given by the department in the final semester of coursework.
With this final comprehensive spoken examination, each student spends one hour with the entire choral faculty answering questions that are mostly from the major field but also often include other areas of music, art, history, theory, etc. Often, but not always, examples are played at the piano for historic placement and identification. The students prepare for the exam mostly through a thorough review of eight notebooks, four each from Choral Literature and Choral Conducting Seminar. The exam is scheduled by the department and graded by all of the department’s graduate faculty.
present two recitals
in the second year of study, utilizing the
Recital Chorus and the Graduate Conductors
Chorus. One public recital is required in the Fall semester (MUSC 8353) and one in the Spring semester (MUSC 8354).
Graduation recitals are typically one hour in length, presented on-campus in either Rock Hall or Klein Recital Hall, and adjudicated by three full-time music faculty members.
The student must show evidence through Temple University transcript
records of having taken private lessons up to the time of the graduation
Program Contact Information:
Dept. of Choral Activities
Boyer College of Music
2001 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Professor Christine Anderson
Professor Christine Anderson
Professor Christine Anderson
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 present 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 able 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
With the approval of the major advisor, students may elect to take up to 6 graduate credits outside the field of music.
Boyer College of Music and Dance has been ranked among the
top 30 music schools in the country by U.S. News & World
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-Matriculated Student Policy:
Non-matriculated students may enroll
in selected courses in music with permission
of the department chair and the Associate
Boyer College of Music and Dance 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 on
departmental needs as well as satisfactory academic and musical progress
by the recipient.