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World-class Faculty, Personalized Guidance

UNC’s Doctor of Arts in Music with emphasis in Conducting provides comprehensive preparation for a career as a college-level educator and/or leader of a musical performing ensemble. You’ll gain exceptional professional training from a widely acclaimed music school, building deep academic expertise and well-rounded skills as a teacher, scholar, and musical leader.

As a doctoral student at UNC’s School of Music, you’ll have the chance to work with dedicated faculty who are leaders in their respective fields. Our faculty excel as teachers and professional mentors, offering personalized guidance to help you get the most out of your doctoral training. You’ll also get the benefit of UNC’s vibrant musical community, which includes more than 400 diverse, highly committed musicians. The School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

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D.A. in Music with Concentration in Conducting

The D.A. in Music consists of 67 to 71 credit hours of study. It includes practical training in college-level teaching, including coursework in pedagogy and extensive time on the podium. The program culminates in a doctoral dissertation based on your original scholarship, along with recitals.

Degree Requirements

Your Future in Conducting

Graduates from UNC’s Doctor of Arts in Music program have an impressive track record of professional success. Our alumni hold faculty appointments at music schools across the country, with outstanding achievements in scholarship, pedagogy and musical performance. Hiring committees respect the quality of UNC’s music programs, so you’ll enter the job market with first-rate training and a highly regarded credential.

Consider UNC’s Music Conducting DA if you want to:

  • Teach music at the college level
  • Conduct original research and scholarship in music
  • Pursue a career as a conductor

You’ll learn:

  • Advanced scholarship
  • Doctoral research
  • Music theory and history
  • College-level teaching

Sample courses:

  • Analytical Studies in Music
  • Individual Performance
  • Music History Seminar
  • Individual Performance

Beyond the Classroom

As a D.A. student at UNC’s School of Music, you’ll have opportunities to work with first-rate ensembles in all genres. Our musical groups have won major awards and performed in high-profile venues throughout the United States and the world. You’ll work with serious, dedicated musicians striving to excel in their craft.

Where can your degree take you?

University or college faculty

University or college faculty

Professional conductor

Professional conductor

Leadership positions

Leadership position in community arts organization or nonprofit

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