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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MUS2026 Module Title: CONDUCTING
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MUS2026
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: WILLIAMSON C Mr (Music Record)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Whole year
Assessment Pattern

Examination (67% of the total assessment)
A short conducting exercise taken in the final week of the module, details to be arranged by the Conducting tutor
Coursework (33% of the total assessment)
A piece of written work to be agreed with the Conducting tutor (2,000 words)

Module Overview
Prerequisites: None
Co-requisites: Normally, Ensemble Performance 2
Module Aims

To develop your skills as a conductor to a level that prepares you to take HE3 Conducting A or B.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this module you should be able to:
  • demonstrate an appreciation and some basic practical application of a physical, gestural technique for communicative conducting
  • apply such skills to a limited range of music
  • participate in informed discussion about a range of conducting issues in a group
Module Content

Continuation and development of the study of essential beating patterns (including those for more complex metres); detailed study of the essentials of harmonic, textural and formal analysis (as appropriate to score learning); aural exploration of a range of different musical styles; shaping of musical structures through gesture.

Methods of Teaching/Learning

Weekly one-hour seminars, plus individual coaching by the Conducting tutor as required. Observation of others' rehearsals.

Selected Texts/Journals
Required Reading: 

Adey, Christopher, 1998: Orchestral Performance: A Guide for Conductors and Players (London: Faber and Faber) 

Suggested Reading: 

Williamon, Aaron, 2004: Musical Excellence: Strategies and techniques to enhance performance (Oxford: Oxford University Press)
Lawson, Colin, and Stowell, Robin, 1999: The Historical Performance of Music: An Introduction (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)
Gordon, Stewart, 2006: Mastering the Art of Performance: A Primer for Musicians (Oxford: Oxford University Press)
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