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PhD Conducting

 Course Level
PhD
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
5 Years
 Start month
August

 Tuition fee

International
22674 USD
National
7537 USD

Application fee

International 80 USD
National 75 USD
Department
School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)88
TOEFL-PBT (min)480
GRE (avg)20
GMAT (avg)570
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About this course

The Conducting Department offers exceptional training to talented musicians. Intensive study with a major artist-teacher and performance experience are the foundation for developing highly qualified, professional conductors. The graduate program in conducting at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance has consistently been ranked first in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

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Eligibility Criteria

Specific Course Requirements:

  • Prerequisities for admission include a master's degree in composition equivalent to that from the University of Michigan. Acceptance is based primarily upon the quality of composition as demonstrated through musical scores submitted by the applicant. All applicants for graduate admission must have achieved an average of at least B (3.0 on a 4-point scale or 5.0 on a 9-point scale) in their Master's studies.

General Requirements :

The University of Michigan requires a high level of proficiency in English, so that all students are able to participate fully in University life, both in and out of class. Applicants that do not speak English as their native language are required to provide proof of English proficiency.

Testing requirements
Who must take an English Proficiency test?
All transfer applicants that do not speak English as their native language must provide proof of English proficiency. The English proficiency requirement is not based on citizenship. Non-native speakers of English must submit current, official test scores from TOEFL, MELAB or IELTS to complete a transfer application.

Exemptions
Exceptions to the English proficiency tests include only lifetime residents of Australia, Canada (other than Quebec), New Zealand, United Kingdom or the United States (other than Puerto Rico). Students who have recently and successfully completed at least 4 years of rigorous academic studies in one of the countries listedmight also be exempted if SAT critical reading scores are in the mid-600 range.

Applicants that meet the above criteria and wish to request an exemption from the English proficiency requirement must present SAT scores and send a written request containing full name, U-M ID and requested term of enrollment to:

University of Michigan
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
515 East Jefferson Street
1220 Student Activities Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316

Accepted English Proficiency tests
The University accepts the results of the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Testing System (IELTS). The Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) is not accepted.

Generally accepted minimum scores
English proficiency scores are one component in the overall review of an application. Generally accepted minimum scores for each of the accepted tests are:

  • MELAB: 80-85 range with section scores of at least 80
  • TOEFL (PBT): 570-600 range with section scores of at least 57
  • TOEFL (iBT): 88-100 range with section scores of at least 23 in listening and reading, and at least 21 in speaking and writing
  • IELTS: 6.5-7.0 range with section scores of at least 6.5

Sending test scores
Test scores are valid for two years from the date an application is received. Expired scores will not be accepted. Copies of test scores or scores submitted by applicants are not accepted. Only test scores received directly from the testing agency will be accepted. TOEFL scores are not accepted unless received directly from ETS. The U-M Ann Arbor TOEFL code is 1839.

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Course Modules

Conducting 801 and 601, 602, or 603 each term in residence as a pre-candidate. Cognate fields in music history and music theory are required and must include 15 hours of coursework, including Musicology 503, or five courses totaling at least 12 hours.

Preliminary Examination: General examinations in music history (or the coursework alternative) and in music theory, and written and oral examinations in conducting.

Dissertation: Three public performances acceptable to the dissertation committee are required in lieu of a written dissertation. A scholarly paper is also required.

Dissertation Requirement
The dissertation requirement consists of conducting public performances with repertoire equivalent to three concerts. The programs should include a diversity of musical styles. A dissertation committee will be appointed to supervise this phase of the student's work. Within the following guidelines, considerable flexibility will be permitted in arranging the dissertation performances:

  • The candidate must conduct at least one work with one of the major School of Music, Theatre & Dance ensembles.
  • The candidate may conduct a portion of a concert or an entire concert by one of the large musical organizations for non-School of Music, Theatre & Dance students.
  • Some conducting of smaller ensembles may be included; for example, the Wind Ensemble, the Contemporary Directions Ensemble, the Early Music Ensemble, Orpheus Singers, or ad hoc ensembles.
  • Appropriate conducting of major ensembles off campus, including professional groups, may be included with the approval of the dissertation committee provided that the organization is of sufficient musical caliber while providing a suitable medium of expression.

The dissertation performances and the additional requirements will be supervised by the dissertation committee.

Abstract and Program Notes
The candidate must submit a list of the music conducted as an abstract of the dissertation. The Conducting Department additionally requires the candidate to submit substantial, scholarly program notes for each piece conducted as part of the dissertation, and present three pre-concert lectures.

Final Oral Examination
A final oral examination concerned primarily with the field of specialization will be conducted by the dissertation committee after all of the other requirements have been completed.

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How to Apply

Prepare Your Application

Minimum Requirements

  • Applicants complete a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association; or Complete an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university recognized and approved by the Ministry of Education or Commission responsible for higher education in the country where the degree is earned.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency. Applicants are required to provide an official score report. Photocopies and/or faxes of English proficiency scores will not be accepted.
  • Persons holding master’s or doctoral degrees are usually not eligible to apply for study in the field of specialization and level for which they already have a degree.

Statements and Curriculum Vitae or Resume

The academic statement of purpose, the personal statement, and a curriculum vitae (CV) or resume work together to give a fuller picture of your interests, motivations, and experiences. These 3 documents must be uploaded to the ApplyWeb application.

  • Formatting
  • Include at the top of each document:
  • The type of document (Academic Statement of Purpose, Personal Statement, or Curriculum Vitae orResume)
  • Your name
  • The name of the graduate program
  • Your 8 digit U-M ID (if known)
  • Make sure margins are at least one-inch so nothing is cropped when you upload the documents to the application.

Letters of recommendation :

When you register your recommenders in the ApplyWeb application, each recommender will receive an e-mail notification to complete the recommendation form through ApplyWeb.
Letters of recommendation must be received no later than the graduate program application deadline.

Tips :

  • You will need each recommender’s name, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, institution or employer, and title.
  • Under the provisions of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, if you check "yes" to waive your right to see this document, you will not be granted access to this information as an enrolled student. It is recommended you check the waiver box “yes” for each recommender. Many recommenders will not submit a letter if you select “no.” You will not be able to change the waiver status once your recommender has signed into their recommendation account.

Resources for Prospective Graduate Students with Disabilities

  • Rackham Graduate School is dedicated to helping all graduate students at the University of Michigan with the resources they need to be academically and personally successful. As part of this mission, we seek to provide information and resources to students based on their different gifts, abilities and backgrounds.
  • Prospective students are encouraged to visit campus, sit in on classes, meet with other students in the program, and to contact Rackham or the prospective department regarding any disability-related questions or concerns. In the preparation of your graduate school application, please keep in mind that disclosure of a disability is completely voluntary and will be kept confidential. This information is only used for accommodation purposes.
  • If you have a psychological disability that could interfere with your academic success, it is important that you have your condition evaluated by a mental health professional. This evaluation is required for obtaining accommodations specific to students with disabilities. If possible, it is advisable that this evaluation be sought prior to enrollment, which will enable an earlier receipt of support and services as you transition into the academic and campus community.

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