Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Basic Conducting

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Music Studies

DESCRIPTION In this study-unit, orchestral scores are studied and analysed from the point of view of the conductor. The technique of conducting gestures is studied and then applied to these orchestral scores.

Study-unit Aims:

During this study-unit, the lecturer will give the students a number of orchestral pieces. These will first be analysed from the conductor's point of view. The lecturer will demonstrate the basic gestures of conducting technique. Finally, these gestures will be applied to the orchestral scores studied.

Learning Outcomes:

Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the learner will be able to:

a) learn what the role of a conductor was from the early 19th century to the present day;
b) recognise the importance of body language and gestures in conducting;
c) identify the basic techniques of proper conducting.

By the end of the study-unit the learner will be able to:

a) beat the standard conducting patterns;
b) rehearse and conduct small ensembles of instrumentals and/or singers and prepare them for a performance;
c) apply the basic techniques learned during the course to other simple orchestral pieces of a similar nature to the ones discussed during the course.

Main Texts:

- Malko, Nicolai. 1950. The Conductor and his Baton: Fundamentals of the Technique of Conducting. (Copenhagen: Wilhelm Hamsen).
- McElheran, Brock. 1989. Conducting Technique (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press).
- Rudolf, Max. 1950. The Grammar of Conducting (New York: G.Schirmer).

Supplementary Texts

- Maiello, Anthony. 1996. Conducting: A Hands On Approach (California, LA: Alfred Music Publishing).

ADDITIONAL NOTES Prerequisite study-units: MSP1269 and MSP1262

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Practical

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Practical SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Michael Laus

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