Choral Conducting at the Georgia State School of Music offers exceptional training to talented musicians wishing to study the choral art at an advanced level. Intensive study with Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Deanna Joseph, and regular performance experience is the foundation for developing highly qualified, professional conductors. Students in the program regularly conduct the Master Singers, an auditioned chamber choir of 20 to 30 voices in rehearsal and performance, and assist with the University Singers (the School of Music’s top choral ensemble) and Choral Union (open to all). Full scholarships and graduate assistantships, including the Robert Shaw Choral Award, are available.[rps-include blog="546" post="6502646"]
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The Master of Music with a concentration in guitar performance provides advanced preparation for a career as a concert performer, as both soloist and chamber musician and as a teacher of guitar. Georgia State's location in the heart of Atlanta, a cultural gem of the South, allows Master of Music guitar students to take advantage of numerous performing and teaching opportunities on and off campus. Completion of the degree normally necessitates four semesters of full-time study and requires a one-hour solo recital as well as a one-hour chamber recital.[rps-include blog="546" post="6502646"]
The School of Music offers a dual Bachelor of Music and Master of Music program for all Performance concentrations, Jazz Studies, Composition and Piano Pedagogy. The dual-degree opportunity enables qualified students to enroll in graduate courses late in their undergraduate program and apply the coursework toward both the bachelor’s and master’s programs. The program is designed to take five years to complete.
Students must be formally accepted into the dual-degree program by the school and the College of the Arts to be able to take graduate courses as an undergraduate. Acceptance into the dual program does not constitute admission to the master’s program. Students must fulfill regular graduate admissions requirements and apply for the master’s program following college processes.
Through the dual-degree programs, highly talented and qualified students will have the opportunity to complete both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in as little as five years. If determined to be qualified by typical admission measures, students can begin taking coursework toward the designated master’s degree program while still completing their final year of bachelor’s work. Admission to the graduate program is provisional, contingent upon successful completion of the bachelor’s degree, maintenance of the required 3.5 GPA and performance in the graduate-level courses taken during the bachelor’s degree.
This concentration prepares students at advanced levels for careers in the fields of opera, oratorio or song recital, and for the teaching of advanced students. Performance audition required.[rps-include blog="546" post="6502646"]
The Master of Music with a concentration in Orchestral Instrument Performance program prepares students as advanced performers on orchestral instruments. Successful applicants demonstrate high levels of proficiency and potential for success as career performers. Graduates may be qualified for teaching at the college level or privately, or for performing professionally as soloists, members of large ensembles or chamber musicians.[rps-include blog="546" post="6502646"]
The total course work typically requires two years of enrollment, including student teaching. For students holding a Bachelor of Music or Master’s degree, and who do not need the instrumental techniques courses, the program typically requires four semesters, about 33 credit hours. For those students holding a Bachelor of Arts degree, the program typically requires six semesters totaling 37+ credit hours. Following assessment of background and proficiencies, the music education faculty will plan a program of study for each admitted student. Admission to the graduate program does not assure admission to the licensure program.[rps-include blog="546" post="6502646"]
The Master of Music with a concentration in Organ Performance program prepares students for a career in church music, as a concert performer and as a teacher of organ. Completion of the degree normally requires four semesters of full-time study. Graduate organ performance majors are required to give a one-hour lecture recital on a topic of their choice in consultation with the applied teacher and organ faculty.[rps-include blog="546" post="6502646"]
The Master of Music with a concentration in piano performance prepares students for a career as a concert performer either as a soloist, member of an ensemble or accompanist and as a teacher of piano. Graduate piano performance majors are required to give a one-hour lecture recital on a topic of their choice in consultation with the applied teacher and piano faculty.[rps-include blog="546" post="6502646"]
This concentration develops competence for effective studio or class teaching of piano at any age level. The program enhances artistic performance, builds techniques of verbal and musical communication, develops a knowledge of appropriate piano literature and fosters the successful use of methods, techniques and instructional materials.[rps-include blog="546" post="6502646"]
This concentration prepares students for careers as professional composers, teachers of composition and preparation for doctoral programs in composition. Successful applicants have a portfolio of compositions representing a variety of media and techniques. Portfolio/recording review required.[rps-include blog="546" post="6502646"]