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Master of Arts in Wind Conducting

The Master of Arts program in Wind Conducting leads to professional certification for teachers who possess initial certification to teach music in grades PreK-12. It provides advanced study in the curriculum, pedagogy, and content of wind conducting. This program supports and reflects the National Standards for Arts Education and the New York State Learning Standards for the Arts.

Program Requirements

The major in wind conducting consists of a minimum of 33 semester hours of course work, including each of the following:

  • Introductory Courses – 6 Semester Hours
  • Content/Pedagogy Linkage – 12 Semester Hours
  • Music Requirements – 12 Semester Hours
  • Capstone Activity – 3 Semester Hours
  • Additional Laboratory/Performance Requirements
    • Students must arrange for the use of a laboratory ensemble for all three semesters of MUS 251-252. This may be fulfilled by using any elementary or secondary school ensemble.
    • Students must arrange for, administer, plan, rehearse, and conduct a public performance no earlier than the last semester of study. The ensemble used may be any elementary or secondary school ensemble.
    • All students must pass a comprehensive wind conducting jury prior to their public performance.

For more detailed information, including a listing of the classes in the aforementioned categories, please visit the Hofstra Bulletin.

For more information on the admission requirements, please visit the Admission Requirements page.

Contact Information for this program:
Peter Boonshaft, DMA
Professor of Music
Director of Bands 
Conductor of the Hofstra University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band
Phone: (516) 463-5298
Email: Peter.L.Boonshaft[at]hofstra.edu