Wind Ensemble Studies/Conducting 3

Course code MUSI2162Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Creative Arts

This course is the third of a three level offering where students will be able to study the historical development of the wind ensemble genre (concert band, military band and symphonic wind band)in particular the skills required for arranging and transcribing for the wind band. Instrumental ensemble conducting will be further developed where students will progress to preparing scores of repertoire that could be used in senior wind programs. A wide listening experience will be encouraged in order to extend the student's knowledge base of repertoire.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesAt the conclusion of the course students will have
* an understanding of the orchestration and use of instruments in the wind ensemble of the 20th century
* the skills required to arrange and transcribe suitable music for the wind band
* a broad listening experience of music from this period.
* the ability to read and follow more complex 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 library and music management aspects of the ensemble.
ContentThis course is presented in two equal halves. The first half will continue in the area of instrumentation and orchestration. The skills acquired throughout this semester will be used to transcribe a major piece of orchestral repertoire which in turn will be used for performance by the University of Newcastle's Wind Orchestra. The second half will be focused on conducting. Scores suitable for Senior Instrumental programs will be used and rehearsal strategies will be discussed in order to build an approach to instrumental direction. The skills that will be acquired in this third offering of the elective will cover further development of baton technique, building greater independence of the left hand in rehearsal and the inclusion of asymmetrical beat patterns. In addition, more advanced score reading skills will be developed along with an understanding of orchestration. The Field Work component will look at aspects of rehearsal and library management. 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 AssignmentsWind Band Transcription Due 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 score demonstrating skills learnt during the semester. The assessment will be carried out by conducting one of the Conservatorium's Wind Bands or using recorded material.

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