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Lamont School of Music

Graduate

Master of Music Degrees

The Lamont School of Music offers master or music degrees in the following areas:
Composition  |  Composition - Jazz Emphasis  |  Conducting  |  Pedagogy  |  Performance  |  Performance - Jazz Emphasis

Master of Music in Composition

Aspiring composers receive a rigorous training in harmony, counterpoint, analysis, conducting, orchestration, digital audio, and, of course, composition. The high ratio of performance students to composition students at Lamont gives composers many opportunities to have their music performed. For students interested in digital audio, our state-of-the-art studio is wired to every performance and rehearsal space, allowing Composition students to graduate with a diverse portfolio of digitally recorded works.

To learn more, please contact Professor Chris Malloy, Chair of the Composition Department, at cmalloy@du.edu, and check out the Composition Department's portfolio page.
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Master of Music in Composition - Jazz Emphasis

Aspiring jazz composers receive a rigorous training in harmony, counterpoint, analysis, conducting, orchestration, digital audio, and, of course, composition. The high ratio of performance students to composition students at Lamont gives composers many opportunities to have their music performed. For students interested in digital audio, our state-of-the-art studio is wired to every performance and rehearsal space, allowing Composition students to graduate with a diverse portfolio of digitally recorded works.

To learn more, please contact Professor David Hanson, Jazz Composition and Arranging Instructor, at dhanson@du.edu, and check out the Composition Department's portfolio page.
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Lamont Jazz / the New Jazz Site

Master of Music in Conducting

The master of music in conducting program at the Lamont School of Music offers professional training in the conducting of Western art music in choral, orchestral, and wind traditions. Students have the opportunity to conduct award-winning ensembles in the spectacular Gates Concert Hall and gain valuable hands-on experience with many of the extra-musical activities which conductors and music directors face, including managing personnel, librarian activities, running auditions, recruiting, etc.

Choral

Choral conducting students have the opportunity to study with Dr. Catherine Sailer, Director of Choral Studies at Lamont.
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Orchestral

Orchestral conducting students have the opportunity to study with Dr. Lawrence Golan, director of the award-winning Lamont Symphony Orchestra.
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Wind

Wind conducting students have the opportunity to study with Dr. Joseph Martin, conductor of the award-winning Lamont Wind Ensemble.
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Master of Music in Pedagogy

Piano Pedagogy

The M.M. in Piano Pedagogy degree at the Lamont School of Music offers a graduate degree program that is relevant, competitive and tailored for the 21st-century professional pianist-teacher, while maintaining high performance standards. Practical experience is integrated with all pedagogy coursework through the Lamont Piano Preparatory Program, a newly established piano teaching laboratory sponsored by the Lamont School of Music. The Lamont Piano Preparatory Program provides the unique opportunity for supervised teaching experience in both group and individual lesson settings while using a comprehensive and nationally respected curriculum. Faculty feedback and video recording provide individualized mentoring for maximum professional growth.

Students applying to the M.M. in Piano Pedagogy program at the Lamont School of Music must perform an audition for the graduate M.M. in Piano. In addition, applicants will need to submit a 20-minute video of their teaching, submit a sample research paper related to music education/pedagogy (as from undergraduate work) and interview with the piano pedagogy faculty.

To learn more about the MM in piano pedagogy, please contact Professor Chee-Hwa Tan, Piano Pedagogy Coordinator, at Chee-Hwa.Tan@du.edu or Professor Heidi Leathwood, Chair of the Keyboard Department, at Heidi.Brende@du.edu.

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Suzuki Pedagogy

The MM in Suzuki pedagogy, offered for violin, is a performance degree combined with a Suzuki certification.

To learn more about the MM in Suzuki pedagogy – violin, please contact Professor Kathleen Spring, Instructor in Suzuki Violin Pedagogy, at Kathleen.Spring@du.edu.
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Master of Music in Performance

The master of music in performance program at the Lamont School of Music offers professional training in the performance of Western art music.

The program provides extensive hands-on training with a faculty of artist-teachers, preparing students for successful careers in music. This selective program provides a wealth of performance opportunities and a studio appointment with a faculty member.

Students can choose from any of the following areas of study:

  • Bassoon
  • Carillon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Double Bass
  • Euphonium
  • Flute
  • Guitar
  • Harp
  • Horn
  • Oboe
  • Organ
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Voice

 

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Master of Music in Performance - Jazz Emphasis

In the Jazz Studies program, our faculty of artist-teachers is dedicated to expanding your creativity while providing the experience and knowledge necessary to build a career in performing, composing, arranging and recording jazz and contemporary music.

Students can choose from any of the following areas of jazz study:

  • Bass
  • Drums
  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Voice
  • Woodwinds

Students interested in jazz composition may pursue the master of music in composition - jazz emphasis.

To learn more, please contact Professor Art Bouton or Professor Steve Wiest, Co-Chairs of the Jazz Studies Department, at abouton@du.edu or Steve.Wiest@du.edu.
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Lamont Jazz / the New Jazz Site