Cal State LA’s Master of Music in Choral Conducting Program

Cal State LA’s Master of Music in Choral Conducting Program

September 15, 2019 1 By Ronny Jaskolski


Our program’s unique in that it really focuses on musicianship. and good conducting. I would say if you direct a church choir, a middle school choir, a community choir, high School choir College choir, it doesn’t matter. If you’re standing up in front of singers and expecting them to respond to something that you’re doing this program is for you. You teach choir, you need help teaching choir you should do this program that’s at Cal State LA. It was life changing. The students who should attend this program would be anybody who really wants a personal connection with the faculty. It’s small enough that they really have a great deal of one on one time. These professors really take you from wherever you are to wherever you want to be so they’re really helpful, and they don’t judge you for your lack of skills and they just allow you to really grow. Really held my feet to the fire and forced me to learn I would recommend this program to any person that believes in the power of choral music. We offer over the course of three summers, the opportunity for students to earn their graduate degree. It’s really rare to find a summer program in choral conducting. The Thursday morning rounds that’s when you’re kind of in the hot seat but you get this like one on one attention with all of the professors and a choir. It’s just where the magic happens and the most lightbulb moments happen in real time. We see real tangible improvements in our students before our very eyes. It’s the most inspiring thing. Not only do they get applied conducting lessons, the get applied voice lessons as well and as a voice teacher that makes me extremely happy. I felt very comfortable as an international student residing on campus. What I used to know has been challenged and was broken down and I gained new perspectives. I noticed considerable difference in the success of my choirs that I taught and it’s all these things that are all kind of wrapped into this program that I never knew you know we were unlocking secrets of the universe here. It helps with diving deep into the music in advance and to really prepare the music before the kids enter the classroom. Totally worth it. Transformative and joyful. Community growth, and empowerment. Fantastic, exhilarating. Musically informed. Historically informed. Gesturally Informed. I was just so invigorated and so recharged and I just couldn’t wait to get back to my kids and like give them everything I learned. It’s been life changing. It’s a spectacular pedagogy. I’m so proud of it.