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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

M.M. Wind Band Conducting

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Wind Band Rehearsal

This program further enhances your skills, making you a more effective conductor and
teacher, and, if you choose, prepares you for further study.

General Information

  • A small, highly selective program accepting a maximum of 2 students at any given time.
  • Preparing high quality, sensitive conductors in the apprenticeship tradition including:
    • Weekly private one-hour lessons
    • Weekly seminar in pedagogy, literature, philosophy and artistry
    • Focused coursework in the history of the wind band through its literature
    • Extensive podium time with the Concert Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Chamber Ensembles
    • Opportunities to assist with undergraduate instrumental music education coursework and intro to conducting
    • Focused research and analytic writing
    • Intense reflection in a supportive and nurturing environment


  • K-12 Instrumental Licensure
  • Minimum of 2 years of successful teaching experience in a public or private school

Graduate Assistantship Opportunities

  • Full and Partial Tuition Reimbursement
  • $4500-$9000 Stipend
  • Please contact Dr. Amy K. Roisum Foley to set up an on-campus interview.
  • See the link below for the assistantship application.

Applying to the Program

  • Contact Dr. Amy K. Roisum Foley (
  • Fill out online applications for the College of Graduation Studies and Research and the Department of Music
  • Fill out Graduate Assistantship Application
  • Prepare video recordings:
    • 5-10 minutes in rehearsal (front view)
    • 5-10 minutes in performance
  • Prepare a letter of application
  • Apply to the College of Graduate Studies and Research:
  • Download and fill out the Department of Music graduate application:
  • Download and fill out the Graduate Assistantship Application:
  • Send all materials to Dr. David Dickau, Director of Choral Activities, Minnesota State University, Mankato, 202 Performing Arts Center, Mankato, MN 56001

Course of Study (30 Credits)

  • MUS 5xx Music History or Theory (3)
  • MUS 534 Form and Analysis (3)
  • MUS 600 Introduction to Graduate Music Study (3)
  • MUS 601 Ensemble Practicum (4)
  • MUS 617 Seminar in Wind Band Conducting (4)
  • MUS 618 Wind Band Literature (2)
  • MUS 619 Private Instruction in Conducting (4)
  • MUS 696 Recital (2)
  • MUS Music electives (5)