Conducting & Music Direction

Course code MUSI2161Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Creative Arts

Musical leadership is required in almost all ensembles and nearly every genre of music. This course prepares students with the necessary skills required in conducting and or musical directing for ensembles, orchestra, mixed ensembles, choirs, bands, studio recordings and any other professional and amateur or community context involving musical leadership. The diverse skillset required by a conductor or musical director includes: score preparation, learning parts, maintaining a constant beat, cueing, pitch and rhythmic recognition, non-verbal communication in performance, collaboration skills, conducting with click tracks, auditioning skills, physical coordination, analytical skills and leadership skills. This course helps students develop the most generic of these skills and provides them with the opportunity to focus their study on the skills that will be most useful in the chosen styles.

Available in 2015

Newcastle City PrecinctSemester 2
ObjectivesAt the successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. recognise the stylistic factors required to conduct or direct a work of music from a particular period or genre.
2. demonstrate ability to lead/direct an ensemble or orchestra unambiguously and within the style of the work being conducted or directed
3. ability to collaborate and communicate with musicians and associated colleagues
4. knowledge of the idiosyncrasies of each instrument with respect to articulation, instrumental limitations and loudness
5. ability to prepare a musical work, conduct rehearsal, diagnose problems, and act effectively to remedy them
ContentStudents will be provided with information & materials. Students will be involved in lectures, seminars, tutorials & online deliveries. Access will be provided to conduct and direct ensembles provided by the Bachelor of Music program.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeMUSI1461, MUSI1462, MUSI1631, MUSI1632
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassAssessment no 1: Mid-semester exam. Focus is on Course Objectives 2,3,5.
Examination: ClassAssessment no 2: Final Exam. Focus is on Course Objectives 2,3,5.
Other: (please specify)Assessment no 3: Listening and analytical essay and test. Focus is on Course Objectives 1,4.
Contact HoursPractical: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for MUSI2161