Joseph L. Shively
308 Varner Hall
The Master of Music in conducting is a 36-credit program designed to meet the needs of music teachers and other music professionals who are interested in developing high-level skills and understanding in instrumental and/or choral conducting.
Admission terms and application deadlines
Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning by the semester deadlines listed below. Incomplete applications will not be sent to departments for admission review.
- July 15 for fall semester
- November 15 for winter semester
- March 15 for summer semester
Readmission and program transfer
Requests for readmission and program transfers must be completed and approved prior to the beginning of a semester.
International application deadlines
International applications are reviewed for fall and winter admission only. To ensure adequate time for review, international applications must be completed at least six months before the desired date of intended enrollment in the University. All international application materials must be submitted by May 1 for fall admission and by September 1 for winter admission. International applicants are not eligible for Special Graduate classification.
Special Graduate classification
Applicants who are seeking a graduate degree or graduate certificate, but are unable to meet the deadline for filing all required application materials or credentials for graduate admission, may contact the department and request Special Graduate temporary admission. The applicant must submit an Application for Admission to Graduate Study, plus a copy of a transcript providing evidence of a bachelor’s degree awarded and any specific evidence concerning their qualifications for graduate study as required by the department. Up to 12 credits may be earned in the Special Graduate classification. Admission as a special graduate student in no way assures subsequent admission to a degree or graduate certificate program.
Students may request special graduate classification beginning with the dates below.
- August 1 for fall semester
- December 1 for winter semester
- April 1 for summer semester
Note: Special Graduate classification will not be granted after the first week of classes in a semester
To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all of the following University and Program application documents by the published application deadlines.
University application requirements
Program application requirements
- Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree in music from a regionally accredited institution or proof of a U.S. equivalent degree for foreign educated applicants.
- Two years of music theory, one year of music history and performance ability on instrument or voice; OR background equivalent to these requirements
- Applicants must submit a written statement of professional goals by completing the “goals section” on the online Application for Admission to Graduate Study.
- Applicants must schedule and perform a successful audition that shows an appropriate level of prior experience and potential for success in the program.
For choral conducting, contact Professor Michael Mitchell (email@example.com).
For instrumental conducting, contact Professor Gregory Cunningham (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Admission review and assessment
Admission to graduate study at Oakland University is selective. In making admission recommendations to the Master of Music in conducting program, the department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the program by examining their undergraduate records, goal statement, letters of recommendation, audition, and any other admission requirement established by the academic program.
Music history and theory assessments
During the first year of graduate study, students participate in both music history and theory assessments to determine placement in graduate-level history and theory courses.
Assessment takes place during the week prior to the first semester of graduate study (Fall, Winter and Summer). Students are encouraged to review the preparation materials posted on the department web site prior to taking the assessments. Students may also contact the history and theory faculty for guidance about preparation materials and expectations.
Students whose work on the assessments indicates that they need further preparation should review the online materials again and, at the beginning of the following semester, retake the portions of the assessments that were not satisfactory. Following the retake, students who need further remedial work are required to enroll in the respective continuing-education course(s) in theory and/or history offered by the department annually. Students whose work in the continuing-education courses is satisfactory may then enroll in graduate history and theory courses. The continuing education courses are not graduate courses and do not count toward the graduate degree.
Regardless of the results of these assessments, students may enroll in MUS 500 or any other music or music education graduate course during their first semesters. Enrollment in graduate-level music history and theory only is monitored by these assessments. For information about these assessments, contact Professor Joseph Shively, coordinator of the master’s program at email@example.com.