Master Of Arts In Music Education – Conducting Liberty University
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Use Your Passion for Music to Impact Lives with a Master’s Degree in Music Education

Music is more than a hobby for you, and after receiving your bachelor’s degree in the field, you are looking for the next step to turn your passion into a profession. If this sounds like you, consider a career in music education, where you can continue to use your talents as you invest in the next generation of musicians.

Our Master of Arts in Music Education with a specialization in conducting can help prepare you for careers in music education or administration in public, private, and higher education. If you would rather work outside the school system, you can use this degree to become a professional consultant or even a director of community music arts programs. Wherever you see your passion for music and teaching taking you, let us help you get there.

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At Liberty, you’ll find an affordable, high-quality education that equips students like you for the real world. Our commitment to excellence helped us rank among’s Top 3 college campuses in America. Earning your degree from a nonprofit university with state-of-the-art resources like ours can help set you apart from your peers.

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Why Choose Liberty’s Music Education in Conducting Master’s Degree?

If you are looking to teach music at the university level or work in music education administration, you may need a master’s degree. Our program is designed to prepare you for career opportunities in public or private schools and in higher education settings. This means you are preparing for prestigious academic positions that often do not require teacher licensure.

Choosing our MA in Music Education provides access to our full-time faculty members who are excited to see you succeed in your academic and career pursuits. Our professors are experts in their field with years of university training and industry experience under their belts. You can receive their support and seasoned advice along each step of your academic journey.

What Will You Learn in Our Conducting Music Education Degree?

Our music education master’s degree provides an overview of the major principles, philosophies, and practices in music education. As a student in the program, you can examine the purpose of school music programs, as well as gain a better understanding of how to teach music techniques and theory to students. Our courses focus on pedagogy, so you can develop specific teaching skills for a variety of learning styles.

If you choose to pursue our concentration in conducting, you can complete various graduate ensemble courses where you prepare for presentations and events that build professionalism and skill. These opportunities provide advanced training in the art of conducting so that you can apply what you learn to your music career.

View the Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below for more information.

Featured Courses

MUSC 515 – Graduate Conducting

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Intermediate and advanced instruction in choral and instrumental conducting techniques for music educators
  • A review of conducting gestures and patterns; advanced score interpretation, rehearsal management and technique, special challenges in choral and instrumental contexts

MUSC 560 – Ensemble Pedagogy

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Basic rehearsal techniques, synthesize rehearsal methodologies, and apply written and aural theory through large ensemble experience
  • Engage in score analysis detailing expected rehearsal problems with appropriate pedagogical solutions

MUSC 589 – Graduate Ensemble

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Open to all Liberty graduate students by audition and offers the opportunity to experience and participate in various styles of music
  • The preparation and presentations of the Night of Worship (spring), Christmas on the Boulevard (fall), and other campus and area events

MUSC 675 – Entrepreneurism in Music

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Highlights of Our Master’s in Music Education Degree

  • Nearly a 100% job placement rate for our recent residential graduate students.
  • We offer exceptional opportunities for our students including our 2.2 million dollar state-of-the-art recording studio and songwriting labs. In partnership with the Michael W. Smith Center for Commercial Music, students also have the opportunity to have their original music published before they graduate!
  • Designated as an “All Steinway” school.
  • Liberty University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and is regionally accredited by SACSCOC.
  • Full-time faculty with degrees from many of the most prestigious music schools in the nation.
  • Our students have produced albums that have been nominated for awards with Liberty alumni going on to become Dove award-winning Christian artists and songwriters.

Music Education – Conducting Master’s Degree Information

Career Opportunities for Music Education – Conducting Master’s Degree Graduates

  • Collegiate music educator
  • Director of community music arts program
  • Music education supervisor
  • Professional music education consultant
  • School music administrator

Admission Requirements for Graduate Degrees

Every application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and all applicants must submit the following documents and meet the minimum requirements for admission:

  • Admission application
  • Self-certification form (for students who are in the final term of their bachelor’s degree)
  • Current Liberty undergraduate students seeking preliminary acceptance into a graduate program must complete a degree completion application through their ASIST account
  • Completion of an earned baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in one of the following areas: bachelor’s degree in music, music education, or music and worship
  • 3.0 GPA for admission in good standing