MM in Music Education vs. Choral Conducting
Date: September 27, 2014
Greetings choral colleagues-
I am looking for information and advice on the pros and cons of choosing a Masters of Music degree in Music Education (choral track) as opposed to an MM in Choral Conducting. Most threads I read about a Masters are either on conducting only or summer masters programs. While I can see the benefit of completing a degree in the summer, I am looking for a full-time 2 year degree. Schools I am interested in are Westminster Choir College, Florida State, Yale (conducting only), Temple, Univ. of Washington.
For the longest time I have been interested in a MM conducting degree- thinking that my ultimate career goal would be conducting at a collegiate level, but lately I've been intrigued with the education degree and focussing more on the pedagical side- thinking I can enjoy a career in a high school, community or church setting. Some hesitiations I have with choosing the education degree is would I lose out on conducting opportunities such as assistanships with college choirs, personal conducting lessons, score study and literature classes, etc...? Would a MM in MusEd look as good if applying for a DMA in conducting? Also once a MM degree is attained, would applying for jobs with an education degree work as well for community choirs or church jobs as opposed to applying with a MM conducting degree?
Obviously there are a lot of specfics that can be talked about within each Master's program, but if there is any general advice or recomendations to be given- it would be much appreciated.
Thanks for your time,
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