Instrumental Conducting: Wind-Band Emphasis, 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 date.
APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.
Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 3
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 (1,500 word maximum).
Standardized Test Scores:
Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted:
79 iBT or 550 PBT.
Applicants must upload an audition video to Decision Desk that shows the applicant conducting from the front, i.e., with face and torso facing the camera. The video should include15-20 minutes of rehearsal and 5-15 minutes of performance. See www.temple.edu/boyer for audition repertoire requirements.
Each applicant must upload to DecisionDesk a written score analysis of Theme and Variations, opus 43a by Arnold Schoenberg; flow charts are strongly encouraged.
A professional resume is required. Instrumental teaching experience at the secondary level, community ensemble level, collegiate level, semi-professional level, or professionally is highly encouraged and is favorably viewed in the decision process.
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 (29 s.h.):
MUSC 8352: Choral Conducting Seminar
MUSC 8535: Private Lessons: Instrumental Conducting Major
MUSC 8536: Private Lessons: Instrumental Conducting Major
MUSC 8537: Private Lessons: Instrumental Conducting Major
MUSC 8538: Private Lessons: Instrumental Conducting Major
MUSC 8539: Instrumental Conducting Seminar: Score Analysis, Programming & Interpretation of Wind Ensemble Lit
MUSC 8540: Wind Conducting Seminar
MUSC 8541: Advanced Orchestral Conducting I-II
MUSC 8544: Wind Repertory in History: European Antiquity Through the 21st Century
MUSC 8545: History of Wind and Brass Chamber Music
MUST 8701: Research in Music
MUST 8742: Seminar in Theoretical
MUST 8746: Seminar in Stylistic Analysis
MUST 8764: Studies in Performance Practice
Electives (3 s.h.) selected from Music, Music Education, Music Studies, or other graduate departments. Advisor approval required.
Internship: No internship is required.
Language Examination: A language examination is required. Candidates in Instrumental Conducting: Wind-Band Emphasis must demonstrate competency in foreign language dictions at the time of admission to the program. Where the transcript or pass-off examination does not reveal such competency, the appropriate deficiency course in diction skills must be taken prior to completion of the master's degree.
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 will 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 Piano and Musicianship:
The department evaluates proficiencies in piano and musicianship 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. 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 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 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:
Graduate 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 lesson fee.
All incomplete grades and keyboard
proficiencies must be fulfilled by the first day of the month in which
the student expects to graduate.
Students in Instrumental Conducting: Wind-Band Emphasis present two recitals during the two years of study, conducting members of the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and other instrumentalists and/or vocalists. One public chamber recital with a Keynote (c) or PowerPoint presentation is required in the first year of study, and one public large ensemble recital is required by performances of pieces programmed with the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band throughout the academic year/concert season.
The chamber recital is 50 minutes of music, presented on-campus in either Rock Hall or Klein Recital Hall, and adjudicated by three full-time music faculty members. The large ensemble recital performances are performed in the Temple Performing Arts Center or other concert hall, and adjudicated by three full-time music faculty members. Students must show evidence through Temple University transcript records of having taken private lessons up to the time of the concert performances and chamber and large ensemble recitals.
Students in Instrumental Conducting: Wind-Band Emphasis must provide scholarly program notes for compositions performed at public performance recitals, including details about the composer, the historical context, analytical components, and inspiration. These are submitted to the Director of Bands four weeks prior to the performance date for review. The notes must be provided with the program at the public performance.
Keynote (c) or PowerPoint Presentation for Chamber Recital:
Students in Instrumental Conducting: Wind-Band Emphasis present a 30-minute Keynote (c) or PowerPoint presentation prior to the public concert. This presentation is presented one hour before the recital or one day prior to the public concert (location arranged by the student). The Keynote (c) or PowerPoint presentation includes salient and interesting features of the pieces and the program. The Keynote (c) or PowerPoint presentation is meant to supplement the concert experience for the audience and offer a platform for the student conductor to speak about the music, not to reiterate the printed program notes.
Prior to taking the Comprehensive Examination, students in the Instrumental Conducting: Wind-Band Emphasis M.M. program must submit a portfolio. The portfolio is to include printed concert programs, recordings (audio and visual), resume, transcript, major projects and assignments completed during degree program, presentations, attendance at conferences and symposia, and any other documentation related to experiences in the program. The portfolio is to be submitted during the final semester of study for review by the Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands.
Taken in the final semester of study, this three-part exam is: 1) tailored toward the student's coursework while in the program, and 2) standardized to cover a body of knowledge related to history and repertoire in relation to winds. The Director of Bands mentors students, creates the exam, and administers the writing and listening portions of the exam. A small committee, including the Director of Bands, the Director of Athletic Bands, and one or two Conducting and/or Music Education (instrumental) faculty, is involved in the creation of the oral portion of the exam. The student is asked questions that are mostly from the major field but also include other areas of music, history, theory, and related topics. The department schedules the exam, and the committee grades it pass or fail.
Program Contact Information:
Dept. of Instrumental Studies
Boyer College of Music
2001 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Professor Emily Threinen
Professor Emily Threinen
Professor Terell Stafford
About the Program
The Instrumental Studies Department offers a program of study leading to the Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting: Wind-Band Emphasis. Students in the program have the opportunity to receive advanced instruction in technique, artistry, and scholarship while preparing for success as a conductor-educator in an academic or professional setting.
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 Instrumental Studies
Boyer College of Music and Dance
2001 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
With 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:
Students are trained to listen to the many events occurring simultaneously in ensembles; to learn how to conduct rehearsals; to appreciate how text can affect musical performance; to distinguish between the many different kinds of ensemble participation depending on the media; and to develop their pianistic skills in order to meet the demands of advanced chamber and accompanied works.
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, but may not take applied lessons until they have been fully admitted and matriculated.
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.