Wind Ensemble Studies/Conducting

Course code MUSI1162Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Creative Arts

This course is the first of three levels of offering where students will be able to study the historical development of the wind ensemble genre (concert band, military band and symphonic wind band)and introduce a practical component in instrumental ensemble conducting.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesAt the conclusion of the course students will have
* an understanding of the development of the wind ensemble genre from the 18th century to the early part of the 20th century
* an understanding of the compositional influences of music written for the genre
* a broad listening experience of music from this period.
* an understanding of wind and brass instrument technology and its influence upon the advancement of ensembles formed at the time
* rudimentary skill in ensemble conducting which will include beat patterns, basic baton technique, the ability to rebound as well as the beginnings of learning to incorporate the left hand in conducting.
* the ability to read and follow simple scores whether it be full orchestral or wind orchestra scores
* an experience in Field Work where they will be assigned to one of the Conservatorium's tertiary or non-tertiary ensemble to assist with the managerial of aspect of the ensemble.
ContentThis course is presented in two equal halves. The first half will focus on the historical development of the wind ensemble from the 18th century through to the varied ensembles that existed in the mid to late 19th century. The influences as observed in Europe, England and United States will be compared and discussed as to the direction they made on groups that continued into the 20th century.
The second half will be focused on conducting. The class will be the basis of a 'lab ensemble' where the students will form an ensemble that will be used as the group for the students to conduct. The skills that will be acquired in this first offering of the elective will cover beat patterns, the ability to rebound, the introduction of LH gestures in cueing and dynamic indications and the general etiquette required to direct a rehearsal. In addition basic score reading skill will be developed along with an understanding of transposing instruments. The Field Work component will look at aspects of rehearsal management in order to achieve an effective rehearsal environment. Students will take an active role in this facet of the course and will document their work in a submitted Log Book.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNA
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsWorkshop
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsShort essay 1,500 words dues in Week 14.

40% of total assessment
JournalLog Book

A Log Book outlining the tasks undertaken in the Field Work will be entered into the Log Book. There will also be an opportunity to reflect upon rehearsal observations from the large ensemble that you regularly perform in. Due in Week 14.

20% of the total assessment
Presentations - IndividualConducting Assessment. This will be a short demonstration of skill learnt during the semester. The assessment will be carried out by conducting the student 'Lab Ensemble' at the end of the semester.

40% of the total assessment
Contact HoursWorkshop: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term