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Graduate Study at K-State

The Kansas State University Department of Music is proud to offer the Masters of Music degree with an emphasis in Wind Conducting. Graduate students will receive private lessons with the conducting faculty and enroll in the Advanced Rehearsal Techniques course. They also have a wide range of conducting opportunities with all of the K-State Bands' concert ensembles. Graduate Teaching Assistants with the bands receive:

  • A FULL tuition waiver
  • Yearly stipend of approximately $12,000, plus ample opportunity for summer income
  • SUBSTANTIAL podium time with the K-State Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Concert Band, University Band, Brass Ensemble, and Woodwind Ensemble including a second-year conducting recital with the Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds
  • Experience assisting with the K-State Marching Band, Volleyball Band, and basketball Cat Bands, which may include opportunities to chart and instruct half-time field shows
  • Many opportunities to work with public school instrumental music programs throughout the state of Kansas

Summer Study

In addition to the 2-year Master's degree, we are pleased to offer a summer Master's program designed for the working Educator. Click here to view general information regarding the Summer Graduate Program.

Summer 2019 Graduate Class Information:    
MUSIC 799BVocal Pedagogy Dr. Patricia Thompson June 5-7 
MUSIC 603Percussion Pedagogy Dr. Kurt Gartner June 7-8, 8:00am-5:00pm/June 9, 8:00am-1:00pm 
MUSIC 801Introduction to Graduate Studies Dr. Phil Payne June 9-11 
MUSIC 808Research in Music Education Dr. Phil Payne June 12-14 
MUSIC 811Music Education Symposium TBA June 17-19 
MUSIC 859Advanced Instrumental Conducting Dr. Frank Tracz June 19-21 
MUSIC 707History of Wind Band Dr. Frank Tracz June 23-25 
MUSIC 709History of Choral Music & Repertoire (Hale Library)  Dr. Julie Yu June 23-15 
MUSIC 807History and Philosophy of Music Education Dr. Phil Payne June 26-28 
MUSIC 700Literature Analysis  TBA June 30-July 2 
MUSIC 809Seminar in Music Education Dr. Ruth GurgelJuly 7-9 
MUSIC 637Brass Techniques Dr. Steve Maxwell July 10-12 
MUSIC 604Upper String Pedagogy Dr. Cora Cooper July 14-16 
Summer 2020 Graduate Class Information:    
MUSIC 639Jazz & Marching Percussion Techniques Dr. Kurt Gartner June 5-6, 8:00am-5:00pm/June 7, 8:00am-1:00pm 
MUSIC 808Research in Music Education  Dr. Phil Payne June 7-9 
MUSIC 805Theories in Music Education Dr. Phil Payne June 10-12 
MUSIC 859Advanced Instrumental Conducting Dr. Frank Tracz June 14-16 
MUSIC 811Music Education Symposium TBA June 15-17 
MUSIC 813Improvisation and Composition in Elementary Classroom Dr. Ruth Gurgel June 17-19 
MUSIC 680Advanced Instrumental Rehearsal Techniques  Dr. Frank Tracz June 21-23 
MUSIC 681Advanced Choral Rehearsal Techniques  Dr. Julie Yu June 21-23 
MUSIC 858Advanced Choral Conducting Dr. Julie Yu June 24-26 
MUSIC 810Curriculum Development and Learning Assessment Dr. Phil Payne June 28-30 
MUSIC 636Advanced Woodwind Techniques  Dr. Tod Kerstetter July 1-3 
MUSIC 675Arranging for Bands TBAJuly 5-7 
MUSIC 676Arranging Choral Music Dr. Craig Weston July 5-7 


Course of Study for the Master of Music Degree
(emphasis in Wind Conducting)

36 credit hours

Studies in Major Area (15 hours)

 Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
MUSIC 660Marching Band Techniques2
MUSIC 680Advanced Rehearsal Techniques2
MUSIC 805Theories of Music Teaching3
MUSIC 859Advanced Instrumental Conducting4 (2x2 cr.)
MUSIC 898Masters Report2
Choose one of the following:
MUSIC 675Arranging for Bands2
MUSIC 685Organization & Administration of the Successful School Music Program2
MUSIC 806Psychology of Music3

Research Skills (5 Hours)

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
MUSIC 801Introduction to Graduate Studies2
MUSIC 808Research in Music Education3

Music History (6 hours)

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
MUSIC 707History of Wind Band/Repertoire3
MUSIC 807History & Philosophy of Music Education3

Music Theory (6 hours)

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
MUSIC 700Literature Analysis3
MUSIC 802Seminar in Music Theory:
20th Century Composition

Electives (4 hours)

Course Number Course TitleCredits

Applied Lessons or appropriate substitute arranged in consultation with major advisor

Percussion Pedagogy, Woodwind Pedagogy, Brass Pedagogy, Jazz Methods, Concert & Ethnic Percussion Pedagogy

James Swearingen

Roger CichyJames Swearingen's talents as a performer, composer/arranger and educator include a background of extensive training and experience. He has earned degrees from Bowling Green State University and The Ohio State University. Mr. Swearingen is currently Professor of Music, Department Chair of Music Education and one of several resident composers at Capital University located in Columbus, Ohio. He also serves as a staff arranger for the famed Ohio State University Marching Band. Prior to his appointment at Capital in 1987, he spent eighteen years teaching instrumental music in the public schools of central Ohio. His first teaching assignment took him to the community of Sunbury, Ohio. He then spent fourteen years as Director of Instrumental Music at Grove City High School where his marching, concert and jazz bands all received acclaim for their high standards of performing excellence.

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In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Swearingen manages to be very active as a guest conductor, adjudicator and educational clinician. Appearances have included trips throughout the United States, as well as Japan, Australia, Europe, Canada and The Republic of China.

Mr. Swearingen's numerous contributions for band have been enthusiastically received by school directors, student performers and audiences worldwide. With over 500 published works, he has written band compositions and arrangements that reflect a variety of musical forms and styles. Many of his pieces, including 86 commissioned works, have been chosen for contest and festival lists. He is a recipient of several ASCAP awards for published compositions and in 1992 was selected as an Accomplished Graduate of the Fine and Performing Arts from Bowling Green State University. In March of 2000, he was invited to join The American Bandmasters Association, considered to be the most prestigious bandmaster organization in the world. Mr. Swearingen received the 2002 Community Music Educator Award given annually by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. In that same year, he became conductor of the Grove City Community Winds. This highly talented ensemble consists of many fine musicians from the central Ohio area. He is a member of numerous professional and honorary organizations including OMEA, MENC, ASBDA, Phi Beta Mu and Pi Kappa Lambda.

On June 20, 2009, The American School Band Directors Association, Inc., presented Mr. Swearingen with the A. Austin Harding Award. This prestigious award is presented annually by the organization and is reflective of valuable and dedicated service to the school bands of America.

Many of Mr. Swearingen's most popular band compositions have been recorded by the prestigious Washington Winds and are available on Walking Frog Records compact discs: His recordings include In All Its Glory, Exaltation, Celebration For Winds And Percussion, The Light Of Dawn, and the newest release, Flight of Valor.

Roger Cichy

Roger CichySince the appearance of his first published work in 1985, Roger Cichy (b. 1956-Columbus, Ohio) has been a prolific composer whose works often paint experiences and emotions on a canvas of sound. His compositions seek to express such intangible things as the slow growing momentum of daybreak, the chaotic, out-of-control nature of pandemonium, and the graceful, lyrical movement of a sand dune. Contained in his works are the musical descriptions of the discovery of the Titanic, the emotional atmosphere of honor and pride at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the all-inspiring majesty of Colorado’s Pike Peak.

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The composer’s works contain a number of signature elements, among them is his unique use of rhythm and pronounced use of percussion. In many of his works, Cichy employs what he calls “compelling rhythms”, whose repetition drive his melodies forward. His appreciation for percussion’s unlimited sounds and timbres is also notable. Cichy’s work is further defined by his fondness for jazz rhythms, liberal use of strong countermelodies, and thick harmonic texture.

Roger Cichy brings his background as a music educator to his work as a composer. Roger holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts in Music Education degree from The Ohio State University, but also did extensive study in composition with Edward Montgomery, Marshall Barnes and Joseph Levey at Ohio State. He has directed concert bands and marching bands at the elementary, high school and college levels, serving as Director of Bands at both the University of Rhode Island and Iowa State University.

In addition to his formal classroom training, Cichy also credits other foundational experiences with helping him acquire compositional skills. Among them was his work as a graduate student where he copied music, extracting parts from scores. He also had a number of opportunities to arrange other composers’ work. This type of work helped him further learn the nuances of instrumentation and how desired musical effects are achieved. Roger credits his arrangement, transcription and notation experience with helping him absorb much about other composers’ styles and helped develop his own strong sense of instrumental coloration.

Today, Roger is a freelance composer and arranger, writing for high school, university and professional bands, professional orchestras, and the commercial music industry. His works range from small ensembles literature to compositions and arrangements for marching band, concert band, and symphonic orchestra. He has over 300 compositions and arrangements to his name, including those published by Daehn Publications, C. Alan Publications, and LudwigMasters Publications. Cichy’s music has been recorded by premier ensembles such as the North Texas Wind Symphony, the United States Air Force Academy Band and the University of Georgia Wind Symphony. He has received numerous composition awards from The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) for serious music.

The music of Roger Cichy is continually being performed throughout the United State and abroad including Japan, England, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Australia, Russia and Mexico. His works have also been performed at many prestigious conventions including the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinics, CBDNA National and Regional Conventions, ASBDA Conventions, MENC National and Regional Conventions, several All-State Festivals and appear on many contest lists throughout the country. In 2008, Mark Masters released a CD recording of Cichy’s music titled Sounds Sketches and Ideas, which received Grammy listings in three categories.

Cichy is widely sought as a composer for commissions and frequently appears as a composer-in-residence and guest conductor.
"I have found the music of Roger Cichy to be innovative, well scored, musically enriched and audience friendly. Roger pulls it all together with well conceived material utilizing the full resources of the wind band." ~ Ray Cramer Emeritus Professor, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music & Emeritus Professor, The Musashino Academy of Music,Tokyo

Dr Jack Stamp

Jack StampDr. Jack Stamp is Professor of Music, Chairperson of the Music Department and Director of Band Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and teaches courses in graduate conducting. Dr. Stamp received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education degree from IUP, a Master's in Percussion Performance from East Carolina University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Conducting from Michigan State University where he studied with Eugene Corporon.

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Prior to his appointment at IUP, he served as chairman of the Division of Fine Arts at Campbell University in North Carolina. He also taught for several years in the public schools of North Carolina. In addition to these posts, Dr. Stamp served as conductor of the Duke University Wind Symphony (1988-89) and was musical director of the Triangle British Brass Band, leading them to a national brass band championship in 1989.

Dr. Stamp's primary composition teachers have been Robert Washburn and Fisher Tull, though he was strongly influenced by his music theory teachers at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and East Carolina. Other studies include work with noted American composers David Diamond, Joan Tower and Richard Danielpour.

He is active as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and composer throughout North America and Great Britain. His compositions have been commissioned and performed by leading military and university bands across the United States. He has won the praise of American composers David Diamond, Norman Dello Joio, Ron Nelson, Michael Torke, Samuel Adler, Robert Ward, Robert Washburn, Fisher Tull, Nancy Galbraith and Bruce Yurko for performances of their works. He is also a contributing author to the "Teaching Music Through Performance in Band" series released by GIA Publications.

In 1996, he received the Orpheus Award from the Zeta Tau Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha for service to music and was named a "Distinguished Alumnus" of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 1999, he received the "Citation of Excellence" from the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. In 2000, he was inducted into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. He was awarded the title of "University Professor" for the 2008-2009 academic year at IUP. This is the highest award the university gives to a professor.

He is founder and conductor of the Keystone Winds, an ensemble dedicated to the performance of American band music. Two CD recordings on the Citadel label entitled "Past the Equinox: The Music of Jack Stamp" and "Cloudsplitter" by the Keystone Wind Ensemble with the composer conducting feature his band works. He is founder and conductor of this ensemble, and also leads them on the Citadel releases, "Night Fantasy: The Wind Music of Robert Ward", "Divertimento: Wind Music by American Composers", "Celebrations", "Wind Visions: The Music of Samuel Adler", "Songs of Abelard", "Pageant", "Cornerstones", and "Out of the Depths". He has also initiated a new series on the Klavier label which boasts three releases which include composer interviews: "The Composer's Voice: The Music of Norman Dello Joio", "The Composer's Voice: The Music of H. Owen Reed", "The Composer's Voice: The Music of William Schuman". "The Composer's Voice: the Music of Alfred Reed", "The Composer's Voice: The Music of Ron Nelson", and the newest release, "Leroy Anderson - The Phantom Regiment and Other Tales".

Dr Timothy Mahr

Timothy MahrDr. Timothy Mahr is a professor of music at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where he is the Conductor of the St. Olaf Band and teaches courses in composition, conducting and music education. Previous to his 1994 appointment at St. Olaf College, Mahr was Director of Bands at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, for ten years and taught instrumental music at Milaca High School (MN) for three years. Mahr is the principal conductor of the Twin Cities-based Minnesota Symphonic Winds and, while in Duluth, was the founder and conductor of the Twin Ports Wind Ensemble. He is Past President of the North Central Division of the College Band Directors National Association (1999-2001), and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Band Association (1996-98) and was a founding board member of the Minnesota Band Directors Association. He is presently the North Central Division Representative on the CBDNA Commissioning Committee.

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Active in 35 states as a guest conductor and clinician, Mahr has also appeared professionally in Norway, Mexico, Singapore, and Canada. He has been in residence as a guest composer/conductor on over thirty college and university campuses and has twice conducted performances with the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra. In the past five academic years Mahr conducted all-state bands in Montana, Massachusetts, California, Colorado, Wyoming, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, Kansas and North Dakota, and he has been engaged to conduct the Delaware All-State Band and the Florida 9th and 10th Grade All-State Band in 2006. His interpretations have earned the praise of notable composers such as Gian Carlo Menotti, Warren Benson, Vincent Persichetti, Ned Rorem, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Stephen Paulus, Libby Larsen, David Maslanka, Dominick Argento and Dan Welcher. Under Mahr's baton, the St. Olaf Band traveled to Norway in 1996, Britain and Ireland in 2000, and took a study tour of Mexico during January, 2004. Additionally, the St. Olaf Band performed at the 1997 American Bandmasters Association Convention in San Diego, gave its New York City debut at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in 2003 and performed in Minneapolis at the 2004 National Convention of the Music Educators National Conference. The St. Olaf Band traveled to Norway again in June 2005, this time alongside the St. Olaf Orchestra and St. Olaf Choir in a tour celebrating the centennial of Norway's peaceful independence from Sweden. Since 1994, the St. Olaf Band has produced nine compact disc recordings, four of which have received international acclaim.

Mahr is well known as a composer and has over 50 works to his credit, many of which are published for band. He received the 1991 ABA/Ostwald Award for his piece, The Soaring Hawk. Five other works have been finalists in national band composition contests. His works have been programmed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York, numerous national and international music conferences and in twenty countries on four continents. This year Mahr will premiere commissioned works with a consortium of the high schools of the Lake Conference in the metro area of the Twin Cities, and the Northfield High School Concert Band. He has recently contracted commissions with the Shakopee (MN) and Bowling Green (OH) high school bands, The University of Iowa Symphony Band and the Lawrence University (WI) Wind Ensemble. His works are recorded on the Sony, Citadel, Crest, Mark, GIA, Cafua and St. Olaf labels. He has been the subject of interview articles in Clarino: Internationale Zeitschrift für Bläsermusik (July/August, 1997), The Instrumentalist (March, 1995) and BDGuide (March/April, 1993) and has authored articles for major music journals. He is a contributor to the new text, Composers on Composing for Band (2002), edited by Mark Camphouse, and his scholarly and compositional work is cited in Frank Battisti's The Winds of Change (2002).

Mahr was the first recipient of a commission from the American Bandmasters Association Commissioning Project, and the resultant work, Endurance, was premiered by the United States Interservice Band in Washington, DC. He has received over 30 commissions including works for the U.S. Air Force Band, the Music Educators National Conference, Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma (National Honorary Band Fraternities), the Nebraska and Indiana Bandmasters Associations, and a work celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the American School Band Directors Association. He is a recipient of the National Band Association's "Citation of Excellence" and was elected in 1993 to membership in the American Bandmasters Association. Mahr was recently inducted into his alma mater's Hall of Excellence at LaCrosse Central High School.

Mahr (b. 1956) graduated with two degrees summa cum laude from St. Olaf College in 1977 and 1978 (B.M. Theory/Composition and B.A. Music Education). In 1983 he received the Master of Arts degree in Trombone Performance from The University of Iowa, where in 1995 he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Instrumental Conducting.

Mahr is married to Jill Mahr, musician and educator, and they have two daughters, Jenna and Hannah.

K-State Graduate Assistants (1995-present)

Name Graduation Where are they now?
Eric Thompson Present  Master of Music at Kansas State University 
Evan Ricker  Present PhD Candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at Kansas State University 
Rachel Poss Present Master of Music at Kansas State University 
Allegra Fisher  Present  PhD Candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at Kansas State University 
Brett Butler  Present  Master of Music at Kansas State University 
Wes Lewis 2018 MM, Band Director at Turner High School
Dan Haddad 2017 PhD, MM, Associate Director of Bands/Director of Athletic Bands at Georgia Southern University
Rachel Villareale 2016 MM, Band Director at Rose Hill High School
Jack Donovan 2016 MM, Working on DMA at University of Minnesota
Alex Cook 2016 MM, Instrumental Music Teacher at Coronado Middle School
Chris Johnson 2015 MM, K-State, BME, Kansas State University
Emily Jones 2015 MM, K-State, BME, Doane College
Adam Ladd 2014 MM, K-State, BME, The Ohio State University
Alex Wimmer 2014 Ph.D, MM, Assistant Director of Bands at KSU, BME, University of Nebraska Omaha
Ben Yancey 2014 MM, Percussion Performance, Adjunct Professor of Percussion in the Iowa City area BME, University of Central Florida
Andrew Feyes 2013 Ph.D,MM, Interim Director of Bands, University of Nebraska Omaha
Patrick Sullivan 2013 MM, Assistant Director of Bands, Rock Bridge High School, Columbia, Missouri
Greg Coffey 2012 Recording Artist and recording engineer, Nashville, TN
Sarah Bernard-Stevens 2012 Instructor, Kansas Wesleyan University
Ryan Laney 2012 Director of Bands, Broomfield High School, Broomfield, CO
Lyle Sobba 2011 MM, Director of Bands, Garden City High School
Teresa Purcell 2011 MM, Director of Bands, Southeast of Saline High School
Dane Danielsen 2010 MM, Director of Bands; Goddard High School; BME from Friends University
Anna Eaverson 2010 MM, Assistant Director of Bands; Seaman High School; BME from K-State
Emory Dease 2010 MM, Percussion Instructor, Seaman High School; BA from Central College (IA)
Meghan Hardy 2009 MM, Assistant Director of Bands at Lawrence Free State
Ashley Maughlin 2009 MM, Director of Bands at Chapman High School
Sharyn Worcester 2008 Academic Advisor to the School of Music, Theater, and Dance, Kansas State University (KS); MM (K-State)
Darren Brooks 2008 Director of Bands, Salina South High School (KS); MM (K-State)
David Whitman 2008 MM (K-State), DMA (Southern Mississippi) Percussion Faculty, San Diego State University
Gavin Smith 2007 MM, Assistant Director of Bands, Vanderbilt University
Andrew Feyes 2007 MM, Assistant Band Director at Bryan City Schools, Bryan, Ohio
Phil Edelman 2006 MM, Assistant Band Director at Goddard High School
Brad Williamson 2006 MM, PhD The Ohio State University, Assistant Director of Bands , University of Wyoming
Aric Hageman 2006 MM, Band Director at East High School, Cheyenne, Wyoming
Jessica Snider 2005 MM, Band Director at Marais Des Cygnes Valley Schools
Scott Levendofsky 2005 MM, Director of Bands at Fort Riley Middle School
David Montgomery 2004 MM, Associate Director of Instrumental Music Education at Baylor University
Jessica Mullen 2004 MM, Director of Bands at Gallup High School in Gallup, New Mexico
Jeff Hogan 2004 MM, Director of Bands at Madison County High School in Alabama
Will Teufel 2003 MM, Band Director for Nickerson Schools
Eric Stambaugh 2003 MM, Director of Bands at Buhler High School
Erin Beave 2002 MM, Director of Band at Hastings High School in Hastings, Nebraska
Maranda Wilson 2002 MM, Director of Bands at Wichita East Schools
Dina Ross 2001 MM, Band Director at Wilbur Middle School in Wichita
Brad Hudson 2001 MM, Director of Bands for Leeton Schools in Leeton, Missouri
Dennis Brooks 2000 MM, Director of Bands at Council Grove Schools
Craig Treinen 2000 MM, Director of Jazz Studies at Washburn University, Topeka
Lori Howe 1999 MM, resides in Minnesota
Mike Miller 1999 MM, Director of Bands at Iola Schools
Jacque Leonard 1998 MM, Private flute instructor in Centerton, Arkansas
Kim Thomas 1998 MM, Director of Bands at Manhattan Catholic Schools
Dan Beich 1997 MM, Director of Bands at Moses Lake High School in Moses Lake, Washington
Marie Lajoie 1997 MM, Resides in Maine
Chris Richmond 1996 MM, Director of Bands at Wamego High School
Nelson Penserga 1995 MM, Director of Bands at Liberty Middle School in Clifton, Virgina
Maureen VanVechten 1995 MM, Director of Bands at Morrisville-Eaton  Schools in New York

Summer Graduate Testimonials

"This program is an excellent opportunity to earn your masters without leaving your job. The classes are "real-world," practical, and the faculty is first class."
Chris VanGilder, Arkansas City High School, Arkansas City, Kansas

"The classes are jam-packed with valuable and practical information. I personally found the classes exptremely beneficial. I would not hesitate to recommend the classes to others who are interested."
SGT Jeffrey Miller, 1st Infantry Division Band, Ft. Riley, Kansas

"The summer graduate program is fantastic for the educator who wishes to continue teaching while taking classes towards their masters degree. Each class has material that can immediately be taken back and put to use in your program. The summer program is truly designed for the working educator."
Shawn Knopp, Smoky Valley High School, Lindsborg, Kansas

"The summer masters program at K-State has been an extremely practical and useful format. Every class is geared towards helping public school music educators with information that is immediately applicable to our teaching situations."
Lule Johnson, Lansing High School, Lansing, Kansas

"The K-State staff's clear motivation is to help me become a better band teacher and to help my band progra improve."
Kyle Hopkins, McPherson High School, McPherson, Kansas

"I have found this program to be extremely practical for the working school teacher. The information has been well-prepared and well-presented and the networking is great. Highly recommended!"
Brian Cole, East Buchanan, Winthrop, Iowa

"This is a perfect program for the music teacher who wants to continue teaching during the school year. I have not found any other institution in kansas that offers a program where you are able to complete a Masters in Music Education through the summer sessions only! The program is easily completed in a timely manner without taking up the entire summer, but teaches all of the essentials."
Lindsay Ladman, Elementary & Middle School Orchestra Director in the Salina Public Schools

"The summer masters of music program at Kansas State University provides the right combination of theory and practical application classes. These have been of great assistance to help me improve as a teacher and maximize my effectiveness in the classroom."
Margaret Saarinen, Mesa Linda Middle School, Victorville, California

"This program increased my knowledge and effectiveness as an instructor by 100 fold. My kids like my classes better, and they work harder. Everything is practical and is hands on with excellent instructors."
Show Heersink, Monte Vista High School, Monte Vista, Colorado

"My experience in the summer graduate program has been very educational and inspirational. I am excited to start the fall semester and begin implementing the skills and tools I have acquired in my own band room."
Travis Johnson, Cheney Middle & High School.

"This program is very valuable because I can grow professionally without having to miss work or sacrifice time with my family. The professors in the program are very helpful and knowledgeable and are there to answer questions all year long. I look forward to coming to K-State all year, not only am I gaining knowledge, concepts, and techniques, this program also is great for networking with other band directors."
Emily Cox, Haysville Public Schools, Kansas

"Kudos to Dr. Tracz and K-State for designing a masters program that is affordable, accessible, and practical. What a great way to spend a few weeks in the summer, learning skills that I will be able to implement in my classroom immediately when I return in the fall."
Ryan Nichols, Valley Falls, Kansas

"The summer program at Kansas State University was a perfect fit for my situation. While I'm very serious about my career as a music educator, having a family made it difficult to find the time to commit to a full schedule of grad courses. This program was an answer to my prayers. In three short days for each course, I found that I learned and retained more in the intensified, hands on style of these courses than I did in the traditional classroom setting and, much to my surprise, we covered nearly just as much material in the three days as a traditional semester long course would have. I, also, found the faculty's combination of large school facilities, small school care, personal attention, and welcoming family atmosphere to be second to none. I foresee this program becoming standard in colleges across the nation at some point in the future. My hat's off to Dr. Tracz and K-State for their vision and forward thinking. I would highly recommend this program to anyone with a family wanting to pursue a advanced degree."
Daniel Baldwin, Composer

"My experience as a graduate assistant for KSU bands was a wonderful and challenging experience. The grad program at KSU gave me the wonderful opportunity to get a more "hands on approach" to my graduate experience. I was able to conduct all the ensembles, write drill, compose, teach, and more importantly learn from a top notch band faculty. I truly attribute all my teaching and high school successes from everything I learned at KSU. I would strongly encourage any undergrad to roll up their sleeves and take the KSU band experience." 
- Eric Stambaugh, Buhler High School, Buhler, Kansas

"After teaching high school band in the public schools for six years, I wanted to find a masters program that was designed to be practical in the classroom and also provided many opportunities through the graduate assistantship program. Kansas State met those needs for me, and gave me the training and experience necessary to gain acceptance into the PhD program at The Ohio State University. The Master of Music program is designed in such a way that your options are wide open for careers in the music profession upon graduation. The assistantships with the band provide experiences in all aspects of the collegiate band program. The involvement I had with the bands as a graduate assistant were as valuable, or more so, than anything that could be taught in a classroom." 
- Brad Williamson, PhD Student, The Ohio State University

"My expereinces as a graduate assistant in the K-State Bands were a big difference maker in my career. The opportunities I had to teach and be involved in running a big time band program gave me the experience I needed to be prepared to teach at the University level. Compared to other schools, K-State provides opportunities far above for real teaching and meaningful contribution. In addition, the course work was rigorous but pertinent to my professional goals. Dr. Tracz takes great care of his graduate students, both professionaly and personally. I can't imagine how things would have turned out had I decided not attend K-State." 
- David Montgomery, Assistant Director of Bands, Western Michigan University

"The best thing about the graduate assistantship at K-State is the hands-on experience. Not only do you get a number of opportunities to conduct and rehearse groups, you get a wide variety of ensembles to work with: different levels of concert bands, small ensembles, jazz bands and the marching band. What better 'real-life' band director experience could you get?" 
- Nelson Penserga, Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia