Earn your MA in Conducting

As a small department within a large School of Music at the University of Iowa, we offer graduate students the best of both worlds: excellent access to research libraries, stimulating performance opportunities, and ample teaching opportunities, all with a maximum of individualized attention from faculty.

The University of Iowa offers three tracks for earning a master of arts degree in conducting: 

  • Choral Conducting 
  • Orchestral Conducting 
  • Wind Conducting

Basic degree requirements are similar across the tracks, except for the specific area requirement and a foreign language for choral conducting. Learn more about the audition process and degree requirements for each specialty by browsing each track. 

Choral Conducting

Learn how to apply and the degree requirements for an MA in choral conducting.

Orchestral Conducting

Learn how to apply and the degree requirements for an MA in orchestral conducting.

Wind Conducting

Learn how to apply and the degree requirements for an MA in wind conducting.

Create Your Academic Path

You'll find degree overviews, requirements, course lists, academic plans, and more to help you plan your education and explore your possibilities.

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Current Course List

The MyUI Schedule displays registered courses for a particular session and is available to enrolled students. The list view includes course instructors, time and location, and features to drop courses or change sections.

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Add a minor

Any student admitted to a graduate degree program in the School of Music may add a theory pedagogy minor by completing the required courses.

Conducting faculty

Portrait of Eric Bush

Eric W. Bush

Associate Professor of Instruction
Associate Director of Bands
Director of the Hawkeye Marching Band
Ensembles Area Head
Portrait of Richard Mark Heidel

Richard Mark Heidel

Director of Bands
Director of Iowa Summer Music Camps
Nick Miller

Nick Miller

Director of Marching Percussion
Assistant Director of Bands
Associate Director of Hawkeye Marching Band
Portrait of David Puderbaugh

David Puderbaugh

Assistant Director of Choral Activities
Director of Graduate Studies
Portrait of Timothy Stalter

Timothy Stalter

Director of Choral Activities

Practice and perform

Need to book a music room, request an accompanist, check out audition information, rent a locker, or use a recording studio? Visit the Music Callboard for all scheduling and policy information.