Master of Arts in Band Conducting

The 30-hour Master of Arts in Band Conducting degree program offers students hands-on learning through an intensive 3-week summer residency in Ashland, Oregon, as well as on-line course delivery through Sam Houston State University. In collaboration with the American Band College (ABC) of Ashland, Oregon, the summer-only program combines an intense study of conducting, pedagogy, score study and analysis, and band literature.  Students work with conductors, composers, performer/teachers, and clinicians from around the world to improve their skills as professional band directors.

Students seeking admission to the Master of Arts in Band Conducting program must submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application fee
  3. Students must submit three letters of recommendation
  4. Transcripts from all previous college level academic work are required and should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies. An undergraduate/Baccalaureate degree from a NASM accredited institution or equivalent international degree in music is required.
  5. International students must submit an official TOEFL score of at least 213 on the computer based exam or at least 550 on the paper-based exam.
  • Successful completion of a comprehensive examination is required for graduation. This exam, which is administered by ABC/SHSU faculty/staff, is given during the final semester.  Students must be enrolled the semester in which they take comprehensive examinations.
  • All graduate music students must complete the following hours to meet the required minimum of 30 hours beyond the undergraduate degree:
Master of Arts in Band Conducting
Specified Courses
COND 5001Applied Conducting8
MUEN 5112Graduate Ensemble3
MUSI 6181Recital I1
MUSI 6285Applied Analysis and Pedagogy6
MUSI 6388Band Research & Pedagogy3
MUSI 5388Seminar In Literature3
MUSI 5398Adv Study in Appl Discipline3
MUSI 6031Major Project3
Total Hours30

Plan of Study

First Year
SummerHours
MUSI 61811
COND 50012
MUSI 60311
MUSI 62852
MUSI 53983
MUEN 51121
 10
Second Year
SummerHours
COND 50013
MUSI 60311
MUSI 62852
MUSI 53883
MUEN 51121
 10
Third Year
SummerHours
COND 50013
MUSI 60311
MUSI 62852
MUSI 63883
MUEN 51121
 10
Total Hours: 30