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Bands - Graduate Study

Graduate Study

Texas Tech University offers progressive and flexible MM and DMA programs in Wind Conducting. The objective of the graduate program is to prepare students for a professional conducting career through study and interaction with all facets of our band program. It is expected that the applicant has had previous professional conducting experience prior to auditioning for the program. Conducting students will work on movement and gestural vocabulary development, score study, aural skills, analysis and pedagogy. There will be weekly seminars and lessons, as well as teaching, arranging, and conducting opportunities with our athletic and concert bands to create a comprehensive experience.

The Texas Tech University School of Music has a distinguished and passionate faculty of scholars and pedagogues. The applied, history, composition, and theory faculty support the holistic education of every graduate student. There are opportunities available to fit every candidate's level of interest and experience to more deeply explore and develop ancillary interests.

Audition Process

  1. Apply to Texas Tech University and the School of Music.
  2. Send following materials by December 1 to be eligible for a February audition.
    1. Curriculum vitae with current references.
    2. DVD of conducting (10-15 minutes) and rehearsal (15 minutes).
    3. Repertoire list of studied or conducted works.
    4. Two page analysis.
      MM candidates: Holst, First Suite in Eb, Mvmt. I
      DMA candidate: Grainger, Lincolnshire Posy, Mvmt. IV

Mail to:
Dr. Sarah McKoin
Texas Tech University
School of Music
18th and Boston
Lubbock, TX 79409

You will subsequently be notified of your acceptance to visit campus for a live audition with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Audition dates and repertoire will be discussed at that time.

Degree Plans