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Music Education

Earn a Master of Music, Music Education Degree with Conducting Specialization

The Master of Music, Music Education – Conducting Specialization is an exclusive online degree program at Colorado State University. The program features the annual Summer Conducting Seminar, the residency portion of the degree, with additional courses offered online during the school year.

Classes engage current middle school and high school choir, band, and orchestra directors seeking to further their knowledge and skills while earning a master’s degree, completing the majority of the course work during just three summers. Hands-on sessions are taught by CSU faculty and prestigious pedagogues from around the country. Curriculum focuses on advanced conducting, score preparation, rehearsal strategies, curriculum development, and more. Participants have daily conducting opportunities, in all three disciplines, with workshop ensembles and projects are designed for immediate implementation in your teaching program.

The 2015 seminar finale is "H.M.S. Pinafore" by Gilbert and Sullivan, July 18, 7:30PM in Griffin Concert Hall

Learn more about the program:

    Summer Conducting Seminar for Music Educators
    July *2 – 18, 2015

  • 2015 Curriculum:
  • Advanced Conducting
  • Score Preparation
  • Rehearsal Strategies
  • Laban Method for Expressive Conducting
  • Jazz Pedagogy
  • Orchestra Rehearsal Techniques

* Please note, we will NOT hold classes during the day on Saturday, July 4. However, As a component of the observation projects, Level 1 and 2 students will be required to attend the Fort Collins Symphony concert the evening of July 4. Classes will resume on Sunday, July 5.

Course Checklist

2015 Seminar Faculty

Mark Bernard, Composer-Arranger, String Jazz Conductor/Bass Player

Dr. Dwight Bigler, Director of Choirs at Virginia Tech University

Prof. Wes Kenney, Director of Orchestras at Colorado State University

Prof. Amy Murphy, Jazz Faculty at University of Northern Colorado

Dr. Rebecca Phillips, Director of Bands at Colorado State University

Prof. Shilo Stroman, Lecturer in Jazz Pedagogy at Colorado State University

Dr. Peter Sommer, Director of Jazz Studies at Colorado State University

Prof. Wil Swindler, Associate Director of Jazz Studies at Colorado State University


Click here for registration form.

We will start accepting applications Jan. 15, 2015
Application review begins Feb. 15, 2015 and will be accepted until the incoming class is full. Space is limited.

Return registration form to:
Leslie Stewart
Program Director
970-219-5985 –