What does it cost?
Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

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

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

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

Artist Certificate, Concentration in Orchestral Conducting, ACERM

Graduate Director

Dr. Lara Saville Dahl

laradahl@gsu.edu

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 conducting emphases consist of intensive, individualized instruction in performance and a recital. The conducting emphases consist of intensive, individualized instruction and a terminal project consisting of a public performance and a research document.

The program is open to exceptional students who are ready for doctoral- or professional-level instruction.

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.

Artist Certificate, Concentration in Orchestral Conducting, ACERM

Graduate Director

Dr. Lara Saville Dahl

laradahl@gsu.edu

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 conducting emphases consist of intensive, individualized instruction in performance and a recital. The conducting emphases consist of intensive, individualized instruction and a terminal project consisting of a public performance and a research document.

The program is open to exceptional students who are ready for doctoral- or professional-level instruction.

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.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

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

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

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

Program Highlights

  • Graduate Assistantships Available (Full Tuition plus Stipend)
  • 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.”)
 

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.

Program Details

A separate application to the School of Music is also required. Students must submit any required pre-screening audition materials and must complete in-person auditions to be accepted. These deadlines and audition dates can be found on the School of Music website, https://music.gsu.edu/academics/application-and-audition-information/

To be admitted into the Artist Certificate program, students must have either a master’s degree in music or equivalent professional experience.

To be admitted to performance concentrations, applicants must demonstrate outstanding performance ability in an audition before a faculty committee. See the School of Music website for specific audition requirements and dates.

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.

Concentration in Orchestral Conducting (18 hours)

  • APCD 8001 Applied Conducting I (3)
  • APCD 8002 Applied Conducting II (3)
  • MUS 7070 Orchestra (1) (two semesters)
  • MUS 8680 Seminar in Instrumental Conducting (2) (two semesters)
  • MUS 8970 Instrumental 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.

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Contacts

Graduate Director

Dr. Lara Saville Dahl

laradahl@gsu.edu

Administrative Specialist, Graduate
Ms. Ella Chamis
echamis@gsu.edu
404-413-5955 

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

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