M.M. - Wind Band Conducting

Important Dates

For priority consideration for funding (GTAs or fellowships), Graduate Applications must be completed by:

January 15th, 2019

(All Degrees Programs)

April 1st, 2019

(Summer MM-Music Educ ONLY)

Preferred graduate audition days:

February 8, 2019

Jazz auditions

February 9, 2019

All other graduate auditions, except conducting; conducting auditions will be arranged by the faculty

Submissions will be reviewed starting on January 15, 2019.

Application Checklist - Specific Requirements

You must begin by applying to the UNL Graduate College at: 
  • To start the whole process you must complete the UNL Graduate College application form (with its $50 application fee), available on-line at  www.unl.edu/gradstudies
  • The Graduate College application will send you to an on-line site called G.A.M.E.S., where you will begin the specific application for the Glenn Korff School of Music. You can save material in G.A.M.E.S. and return to it via its own website (see below) to complete the music application.
Complete your application to the Glenn Korff School of Music through G.A.M.E.S. at:
  • You will need your NUID and Password to login to this application.
  • You must upload all transcripts into MyRed.  You will need one copy of transcripts of all undergraduate work and all previous graduate work (including all studies for which credit was granted; e.g. summer institutes such as Aspen or Interlochen). Further information can be found at: https://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/prospective/reqs#transcripts
  • We require:
    Undergraduate GPA = 2.75/4.00 scale
  • International Students (only) must enter their TOEFL score into G.A.M.E.S. and also have scores sent directly to UNL. Further information can be found at https://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/prospective/international/english   We require:
    TOEFL minimum = Paper-550  Internet-79 (IELTS 6.5)
  • You will need to provide contact information, including an email address, for each person from whom you wish a reference. Then for each one you must click the send request button to notify your reference writer.
  • You will submit any and all required creative/scholarly works through G.A.M.E.S.; for video/audio submissions, you will be directed inside G.A.M.E.S. to another website called SlideRoom.
Required Pre-Audition Screening Video Footage (uploaded to SlideRoom)

Beginning with applicants for admission in Fall 2019, applicants must submit video footage recorded within the past 12 months adhering to the following guidelines:

 (1) Approximately 10 minutes of rehearsal footage demonstrating the applicant’s abilities teaching, assessing, coaching, and developing ensemble skills.

 (2) Approximately 10 minutes of performance footage from the ensemble’s perspective (conductor’s face is visible) demonstrating the applicant’s abilities as a creative colleague and performer.

 There is no restriction as to the profile of the ensemble (elementary, middle school, high school, college, professional/military, community). The applicant should select the footage that illustrates their best work in partnership with the ensemble. Careful consideration should be given to the quality of the repertoire and suitability for the ensemble’s skills and for graduate conducting study.

 Each pre-audition screening video will be assessed by the major adviser for the appropriate conducting sub-category (choral, orchestral, band), plus one additional conducting faculty member.

Immediately following the January 15 application deadline, applicants will be contacted by the major adviser for the appropriate conducting sub-category (choral, orchestral, band) with regard to the status of their application. Those who have passed the Pre-Audition Screening will be invited to audition on campus (details below).


Applicants will be contacted by the Director of Band Activities, Dr. Carolyn Barber ( cbarber2@unl.edu), regarding the date and time of the audition. 

  • Applicants should prepare at least three movements (applicant's choice) of Percy Grainger's Lincolnshire Posy. Each applicant is responsible for securing his or her own full score (Fennell edition) and will perform a 20-minute audition with the UNL Wind Ensemble. The audition will begin with a run-through of the selected movements, followed by 5-10 minutes of rehearsal (lead at the discretion of the applicant). For the remainder of the audition, the applicant will be coached in a "quasi-lesson format" by the Director of Bands Dr. Carolyn Barber.
  • Following the audition, a brief diagnostic exam designed to assess the applicant's aural skills, score reading and recognition, analytical skills, knowledge of terminology and transpositions, and familiarity with wind band literature (grades 1-6) will be administered. (The skills components of the exam will use Lincolnshire Posy as a point of departure.) Each applicant will have an interview with the Director of Bands and members of the band faculty to discuss the applicant's professional goals, philosophy, and experience.

Master of Music

Option III - Wind Band Conducting Emphasis

Credit Hrs
Total Credits
Applied Music/
MUAP 8xx - (applied major instrument)
MUSC 862x - (applied major
instrumental pedagogy)
MUEN 852 - Chamber Ensemble
3-4 hrs
Core Courses  
23 hrs
  MUAP 923 - Wind Band Conducting
(over 4 semesters)
8 hrs
MUSC 974x - Wind Band Literature
(over 4 semesters)
4 hrs
  MUSC 836 - Intro to Grad Studies
2 hrs
  History and Theory
9 hrs
  Theory: (3 or 6 hrs)
  History: (3 or 6 hrs)
Other Music Courses  
6-7 hrs
  MUEN 845x - Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band
4 hrs
  MUSR 68-Recital Attendance (4 semesters)
0 hrs
Electives (approved by advisor-e.g., wind band
conductor enrolled in orchestral conducting, etc.)
2-3 hrs
Conducting Project MUSC 995
3 hrs
36 hrs