What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

Minimum of 18 semester hours of graduate coursework must be completed in 2 semesters (1 year)

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Spring – November 15 (All concentrations except Conducting)
  • Summer – March 1 (Music Education concentration and non-degree programs only)
  • Fall – June 1 (All concentrations)

Artist Certificate, Concentration in Choral Conducting, ACERM

Graduate Director
Dr. Lara Saville Dahl
laradahl@gsu.edu
404-413-5965 

The Artist Certificate in Music is a post-master’s certificate in either performance or conducting. The program is 18 semester hours and takes two semesters to complete. To be admitted into the Artist Certificate program, students must have either a master’s degree in music or equivalent professional experience.

The mission of the Georgia State School of Music is to preserve, promote and advance humanity’s rich and expanding tradition of artistic music-making through performance, composition, education and research in accordance with the urban and global initiatives of the university.

The graduate programs in the School of Music offer unparalleled opportunities in one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. The school enrolls about 90 students in Master of Music degree programs, Artist Certificate programs, and Ph.D. and Ed.D. programs in music education.

Students have the opportunity to work with an internationally acclaimed faculty of 40 full-time and 24 part-time faculty in concentrations such as performance, pedagogy, music education, conducting, composition and jazz studies.

Program Highlights
  • As an international city, Atlanta attracts world-renowned classical and jazz artists, guest conductors, guest soloists and composers in-residence who come to our campus and collaborate with School of Music faculty and students through masterclasses and workshops, lectures and performances.
  • The school provides graduates with real practical experience and access to employment with a broad range of prestigious arts institutions and organizations, music festivals and Atlanta music establishments.
  • School of Music notable alumni include Coy Bowles (lead guitarist with the Zac Brown Band), composer Carlos Simon (winner of the Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Award and $15,000 Commission from American Composers Orchestra), conductor Henry Cheng (first prize winner, Inaugural European Union Conducting Competition) and trumpeter Darren English (recognized as one of most influential young graduates to represent Georgia State having received a 2018 Global Peace Song Award for his song “Pledge of Peace.”)
 

Program Details

Required University Application Materials (https://gradapply.gsu.edu/apply/):

  • Transcript(s): Upload unofficial copies of transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. The institution logo and your name must be present on the copies. Official transcripts will be required upon acceptance into the program.
  • Official TOEFL/IELT Scores (international applicants only): Institutional code 5251 should be used for reporting TOEFL scores.
  • Personal Statement: Statement can be up to 500 words in length (approximately 2-pages, double spaced, using 12-point font). Respond to the following prompt: Please discuss your academic and musical goals and your reasons for applying to GSU’s graduate music program.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae: Upload within the online Slate application.
  • Writing Sample: Provide a scholarly/research paper on a subject in the field of music of a level of intellectual and critical engagement appropriate to graduate-level work.
  • Letters of recommendation: 2 letters of recommendation are required. Applicants must enter the names and contact information of the 2 recommenders within the application. An electronic recommendation request will be sent to recommenders, and recommendation letters must be submitted via this request. It is strongly advised that letters of recommendation are completed before the application deadline and are written within the last year. Recommendations submitted after this date are not guaranteed to be reviewed.
  • GPA: Students considered for admission into the graduate program generally have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

School of Music Application Materials (https://app.getacceptd.com/gsu): Complete the “Start an Application” fields to view your specific application and audition requirements for the School of Music

  • Prescreening Audition: Applicants are required to submit a prescreening video audition containing at least 20 minutes of rehearsal and/or performance footage.  Upload the video(s) within the Acceptd application.
  • Personal Statement: Statement can be up to 500 words in length (approximately 2-pages, double spaced, using 12-point font). Respond to the following prompt: Please discuss your academic and musical goals and your reasons for applying to GSU’s graduate music program. Upload within the Acceptd application.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae: Upload within the Acceptd application.
  • International applicants: Virtual auditions may be arranged for applicants who cannot travel to the US.

Applicants must have a Master of Music degree or the equivalent. Graduate Assistantships will be determined by both academic success and musical ability.

Concentration in Choral Conducting (18 hours)

  • APCD 8001 Applied Conducting I (3)
  • APCD 8002 Applied Conducting II (3)
  • MUS 7080A University Singers (1) (two semesters)
  • MUS 7220 Workshop Seminar in Choral Conducting (2) (two semesters)
  • MUS 8690 Choral Conducting Project (3)
  • Graduate Level Electives (3)

There is an applied music fee of $350 per semester for a one-hour (8000 level) lesson and $200 per semester for a half-hour (6000 level) lesson. Additional lab fees for certain courses may apply.

The Georgia State School of Music provides unparalleled opportunities to study and work among an inspiring community of musicians in one of America’s most vibrant urban centers. Students receive exceptional training, are provided with meaningful opportunities and begin serious careers no matter what type of music drives their passion. The goals and outcomes from a graduate degree include:

  • Ensuring comprehensive exposure to an array of perspectives as represented by the various faculty approaches to music performance, music history, music theory and teaching styles.
  • Honoring the continuing traditions of music making and pedagogy while exploring new forms and contemporary issues within the various musical fields.
  • Developing pedagogical skills and strategies through teaching assistantships for undergraduate-level courses.
  • Preparing students for a professional career in music through rigorous performance preparation, exposure to important repertoire and attention to practical business aspects of various musical careers.

Description

Careers

The graduate programs at the School of Music prepare students for competitive careers in performance, conducting, composition and music education.

Highlights include one-on-one lessons and mentorship with an internationally acclaimed faculty, 100% job placement in the field of music education, successful placement in prestigious doctoral programs, the opportunity to network with high-profile artists, scholars and businesses, practical experience from conferences to international music festival participation, artist residencies, as well as assistantships to develop practical skills and garner pedagogical experience.

The graduate program leads students to career paths such as solo performance artists, composers, placement in prestigious professional classical, jazz and operatic ensembles, private, K-12, college music educators, scholars and entrepreneurs, among others.

Contacts

Graduate Director
Dr. Lara Saville Dahl
laradahl@gsu.edu

Administrative Specialist, Graduate
somadmissions@gsu.edu

College of the Arts
55 Park Place, NE, Ste. 910
Atlanta, GA 30303

55 Park Place NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

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