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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 2014 seminar finale is “The Secret Garden” by Marsha Norman, with music by Lucy Simon based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett: July 19, 7:30 p.m. in Griffin Concert Hall.

Learn more about the program:

    Summer Conducting Seminar for Music Educators
    July 3 – 18, 2015

  • 2014 Curriculum:
  • Advanced Conducting
  • Score Preparation
  • Rehearsal Strategies
  • Laban Method for Expressive Conducting
  • Performance Practice
  • Band Rehearsal Techniques

Course Checklist

2015 Seminar Faculty

Wes Kenney, Director of Orchestras at Colorado State University

Eric Hammer, Director of Bands at University of the Pacific

Dwight Bigler, Director of Choirs at Virginia Tech University

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

Joel Bacon, Chair of Organ and Liturgical Studies, Colorado State University

Angela Christian, Assistant Professor of Music History, Colorado State University

Alexandra Eddy, Baroque violin specialist from CU-Boulder

Richard Frey, Associate Director of Bands

Dawn Grapes, Assistant Professor of Music History, Colorado State University

Ryan Olsen, Choral Music Education, Colorado State University

Debra Throgmorton, University of Northern Colorado


Click here for registration form.

We will start accepting applications Jan. 15, 2014
Application review begins Feb. 15, 2014 and will be accepted until the incoming class is full. Space is limited.

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