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Master's in Music: Conducting 

The Michael and Anne Greenwood School of Music at Oklahoma State University provides a professional environment that stimulates the highest standards of excellence in music education, research, performance, creativity and service. The conducting option degree (band, choral and orchestral) stresses challenging studies in conducting skills, repertoire and rehearsal techniques. You will focus on your particular specialty area and will have numerous opportunities to conduct appropriate choirs, wind bands, orchestras and string groups and chamber ensembles.


This 32 credit hour degree includes applied lessons and courses in repertoire, pedagogy, music research and bibliography, music theory, and music history. Elective courses allow you to explore additional interests. To earn your degree, you will be required to complete a final project (creative component) and a final oral examination.


  • Seven credit hours of pedagogy courses

  • Eight-ten credit hours of performance courses

  • Courses in music research, music history and music theory


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Our faculty and staff will work closely with you to provide mentoring that helps to develop your performance portfolios and enrich your critical thinking about music. You will be part of the next generation of performers and educators, leaving you well-equipped to tackle future musical endeavors in a multitude of career paths.

Admissions Requirements

In addition to the general Graduate College application, you must complete an audition as part of your application process.


Test Scores:

  • GRE not required

  • TOEFL required for international applicants who aren't native English speakers (iBT score of 79)

*Applicants with a TOEFL score of at least 61 iBT/500 PBT but less than 79 iBT/550 PBT (or an IELTS academic stream score of 6.0) and who demonstrate unusual academic promise may be admitted to graduate study on conditional status upon petition to the Graduate College by the graduate program.

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Cost & Assistance

Graduate students in the School of Music may be awarded a 0.5 FTE graduate teaching assistantship (GTA) based on merit and availability. GTAs assist with the school's instructional mission by engaging in pedagogical activities, such as teaching private lessons to non-music majors, leading instrumental warm-ups and grading papers or proctoring quizzes and exams for music academic classes.


Additionally, through a partnership between Oklahoma State University, the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and the Patti Johnson Wilson Foundation, the Michael and Anne Greenwood School of Music string area offers four graduate string fellowship positions to violin, viola, cello and bass candidates. This two-year fellowship program enables qualified applicants to pursue a graduate degree at OSU while performing as section players with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra.



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