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Conducting Concentration

Master of Arts, Music

The Conducting Concentration for the M.A. Music degree program is designed for students who are ready to take their conducting career to the next level. Through academic coursework, individualized instruction, and extensive podium time in rehearsal and performance with UCF ensembles, this program provides the advanced education, training and experience to position students for high-level professional application and further study. Students can pursue the program either part-time or full-time to fit your schedule and some assistantships are available for full-time graduate students in music.

The concentration includes four semesters of private conducting study, including repertoire study, to provide intense training in conducting. Student will also conduct graduate recital performances and take a comprehensive exam as a culmination of their experiences.

Students pursue the M.A. in Music program for a variety of reasons, including to increase their skills in their primary area, add training for a secondary area and to learn more about their craft. The higher credential may allow for a pay raise, qualification for certain teaching positions, such as teaching at the college level, or to prepare for application to doctoral programs.

Why study at UCF?

What sets UCF apart is that graduate students will work with and learn directly from highly trained faculty that are at the top of their field. UCF is also the only music graduate program in Central Florida. Because the campus is in Orlando, an international hub of entertainment, many graduates take advantage of gaining experience through freelance gigs, theme park work and more while completing their studies.

Alumni of the M.A. Music program have had successes in many areas. Some stay in their current positions with added confidence and skill while some have used the degree to qualify for new positions, such as college or university level instructors. Others have gone on to doctorate programs in performance, musicology and more.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

A limited number of Graduate Teaching Assistantship positions normally become open for the fall semester each year. Some of the positions are targeted toward specific areas of need (such as concert support and recording, concert and athletic bands or class piano), and others are more general (such as assisting with large lecture classes). In return for work in the department assisting with courses, GTA students receive a waiver for the tuition portion of 9 credit hours each semester, health insurance and a cash stipend. Normally, students will be supported for four semesters, if the work and academic achievement is satisfactory.

All prospective students are encouraged to apply using the department’s Graduate Teaching Assistant Form 2022-23.

Graduate Theory Diagnostic Test

All Music MA students are required to take the Graduate Theory Diagnostic Test at the beginning of their first semester. The purpose of this exam is to confirm that the student is properly prepared for music theory study at the graduate level. Please click here for further information and preparation information: UCF Graduate Theory Diagnostic Test


How is the Master of Arts in Music different from a Master of Music degree?

The M.A. in Music allows more flexibility in the curriculum and in structuring specialty areas as needed than the M.M.

I have a job that I don’t want to quit. Can I work on the M.A part-time or in the summer?

Yes. The course offering schedule will accommodate full-time professionals by offering evening courses during the academic year plus limited courses in the summer. Full-time study is considered to be nine credit hours per semester, but students may study part-time, taking as many courses as their schedule permits.

Can I major in a specific area, such as performance or conducting?

Two Concentrations are offered: the Conducting Concentration provides intense training in the art of conducting, with repertoire study included; and the Music Studies Concentration provides flexibility to allow students to focus on other areas of interest, such as instrumental and voice performance, music history, music education, composition, and more.

Does the UCF Music Department ever plan to offer a Master of Music degree?

The Music Department may consider a Master of Music in the future. However, the Master of Arts in Music has the flexibility to allow students to focus on their areas of interest.

Where can I get more information about graduate studies at UCF?

Visit the UCF College of Graduate Studies website

Are courses offered online?

The department offers a limited number of online courses in the M.A. in Music.