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Online MMEd program or Campus MM Conducting program?

I am currently looking for a school to complete my Masters in Music.  I am working and have a family and so am considering an online program in Music Ed.  I have also been considering a University in-person program in Choral Conducting or Music Ed.  Anyone have any comments or reccommendations?  Would one make me more hireable? or admit-able to a PhD Program in the future?  
 
Thanks for your input.
on July 13, 2014 4:15pm
Look at the Summer Choral Conducting Masters at Cal State LA.
on July 13, 2014 5:34pm
You should also look at the program at University of Kansas. They offer a 3 summer program that is a MME in Choral Pedagogy...I honestly think it depends on the program as well as what your aspirations are after completing the PhD...
on July 14, 2014 7:48am
I echo Kyle: an MME is going to be a very different experience from an MM in Conducting. If you're more interested in the performance end of things, go with an MM; if you're more interested in pedagogy and/or educational research, the MME is the way to go.
on July 15, 2014 5:10pm
Hi Rhonda,
 
My advice would be to think about what you want to have a doctorate in. If you want a DMA in conducting eventually, then get your masters in music ed. It's a good idea to have one graduate degree in music ed, and one in conducting; it makes you more marketable, basically, since you'll have strong qualifications in both areas. Many current entry-level collegeiate choral jobs are in the music education area, so the MMEd will serve you well. If you want a PhD in music ed, then I'm not sure what the best advice is.
 
For the other part: go in person if you can.
 
 
 
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on July 16, 2014 2:43am
I was in a very similar situation a few years ago and I decided that a summer Master's degree was my best bet. I'm so glad I did; it's much more manageable to do homework in the summer, especially at the graduate level. I have friends who take night classes and they all envy me.

What do you ultimately want to do? I want to work with a premier children's choir someday, so I decided on a Master's of Kodaly Music Education, which is offered at Loyola University Maryland. I'm in my second year, and I have education classes as well as conducting.

on July 23, 2014 4:52pm
I am currently attending Lynchburg College in VA.  I am working full time and have a family as well.  The program is a MA in Music - Choral Conducting.  It is 4 summers, six week intensives.  The tuition is very reasonable.  The program offers a great deal in terms of class selection, practical conducting application, practicum choirs, and voice lessons.  I am very satisfied that I am building and honing skills.  The program recently recieved NASM accretidation. 
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