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2012-2013 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Wind Conducting, M.A.


Associate Professor Boonshaft, Graduate Program Director, (516) 463-5298.

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.

Admission Requirements


Applications for admission to a Master of Arts (M.A.) program in the Department of Teaching, Literacy, and Leadership are made to the Graduate Admissions Office. Admission is based on a comprehensive review of multiple criteria, including the following:

  1. A completed application form to the master of arts program.
  2. New York state initial certification for teaching music in all grades. Applicants who have provisional certification  should contact the Department of Teaching, Literacy, and Leadership for the correct program.
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 in each of two categories:
    1. Overall undergraduate course work;
    2. Course work in the content area in which certification will be sought.
  4. A written personal statement of professional intent and rationale.
  5. Two letters of reference that address the applicant’s potential to succeed in the teaching profession and in graduate course work.
  6. A conducting audition and interview with the program coordinator.   
    Matriculated students must complete a minimum of 24 s.h. of the M.A. program in residence at Hofstra. No more than 9 s.h. may be transferred into the program. A maximum of 12 s.h. of graduate course work leading toward the M.A. degree may be completed prior to matriculation in the program.

    The department understands that any single criterion may not reliably predict a candidate’s potential for success in a graduate program. Candidates may wish to apply even if they do not meet one of the criteria but feel that other aspects of their experience might compensate.

Program Requirements - Semester Hours: 33


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

Introductory Courses - Semester Hours: 6


Choose From - Semester Hours: 3


Music Requirements - Semester Hours: 12


(With advisement)

Capstone Activity - Semester Hours: 3


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.

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 while in the program. Grades of D or lower will not be counted toward the graduate degree but will be included in determining the grade point average.

Graduation Requirements



  1. Completion of the 33 s.h. course requirement in the M.A. program with no fewer than 24 s.h. in residence.
  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in overall graduate course work.
  3. Satisfactory completion of a departmental-approved curriculum project.
  4. Satisfaction of Additional Laboratory/Performance Requirements (see above).
  5. All course work taken in satisfaction of the degree requirements must have been completed within a five-year period.

Teacher Certification Requirements


Upon the successful completion of a Hofstra state-approved teacher education program, students are eligible for the University’s recommendation for New York state certification. A request for recommendation must be submitted to the Office of Certification and Educational Support Services the semester in which the student is graduating. Students who apply directly to New York state for certification are responsible for learning about and satisfying the certification requirements set by the state. It should be noted that such requirements may differ from those in Hofstra’s registered programs.

All prospective early childhood (Birth-Grade 2), elementary (Grades 1-6) and secondary (Grades 7-12), special subject teachers and educational leaders are required to pass the New York State Teachers Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) administered by Pearson Education, for state certification requirements. Students should consult with the Office of Certification and Educational Support Services regarding the appropriate examinations for their area of study. Beginning in May 2013 graduating students will be required to pass new Performance Assessments and revised Content Specialty Tests.

It is strongly recommended that students complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) prior to student teaching, and the Assessment of Teaching Skills Written (ATS-W) and the Content Specialty Test (CST) during student teaching. Students not receiving passing scores on these examinations will not be eligible for certification.

In addition to fulfilling the required courses of study, the Commissioner’s Regulations mandate that all prospective teachers, pupil personnel and education leaders receive instructions regarding:
    1.     Identification of Child Abuse and Maltreatment.
    2.     Fire and Arson Prevention.
    3.     School Violence Prevention and Intervention.
    4.     Prevention of Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Abuse.
    5.     Highway and School Safety/Prevention of Child Abduction.

New York state legislation also requires all persons seeking certification as special education teachers or school administrators working in special education to have training in the area of children with autism. All of these requirements must be completed before the conferral of the degree and recommendation for certification.