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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MUSM025 Module Title: CONDUCTING
Module Provider: Music and Sound Recording Short Name: MUM.COND30
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: WILLIAMSON C Mr (Music Record)
Number of credits: 30 Number of ECTS credits: 15
Module Availability

Weekly seminars of three hours in both semesters - totalling 60 hours. Individual tutorials (approximately 15 hours), observation of rehearsals, rehearsing and conducting, as agreed with the conducting tutor, participation in ensembles as appropriate.

Assessment Pattern
Your practical work though the year, including seminar participation; ensemble rehearsal, participation and attendance;
  • practical work though the year, including seminar participation; ensemble rehearsal, participation and attendance; administration as required 40%
  • Your assessed concert appearance (10 to 15 minutes) 40%
  • Reflective diary (1,000 words) 10%
  • Test and viva voce examination in May 10%
Module Overview
Module Aims

To develop your conducting technique to an advanced level, and to develop a clear understanding of the theoretical principles behind conducting. To participate in the department’s activities as both conductor and player/singer.

Learning Outcomes
  • the ability to communicate as a conductor through an effective, gestural technique;
  • the ability to practise conducting skills independently and in a systematic manner;
  • demonstrate an enhanced approach to score analysis and preparation;
  • develop appropriate skills in relevant aspects of planning, rehearsal management and concert presentation.
Module Content
Phenomenological analysis of phrasing, rhythm, tempo, structural tension, etc, in direct relationship to performance; Score analysis, preparation and memorising; techniques of rehearsing; critical evaluation of recorded performances; observation of well-known conductors; administrative skills.
Methods of Teaching/Learning
180 hours of private study (300 hours in total for the module) Seminars, tutorials, guided rehearsals, observation of and participation in rehearsals
  • seminars on technique, score study and preparation;
  • individual coaching on particular works;
  • observation of rehearsals of staff conductors and other student conductors, both as an observer and as an ensemble player;
  • observation by tutors of your rehearsing, and the recording of this on video;
  • the taking of sectional rehearsals, as agreed with staff conductors;
  • the conducting of various ensembles.
Selected Texts/Journals

Due to the diverse nature of the potential content of submissions for this module, a reading list will be suggested by the Module Convenor when students’ areas of focus have been identified.

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