The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


Musical leadership is required in almost all ensembles and nearly every genre of music. This course prepares students with the necessary skills required in musical directing and conducting for ensembles, orchestra, mixed ensembles, choirs, bands, studio recordings and any other professional and amateur or community context involving musical leadership.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Winter - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the 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. Lead and direct an ensemble

3. Collaborate and communicate with musicians and associated colleagues

4. Describe the idiosyncrasies of musical instrument types with respect to articulation, performance affordances, loudness and timbre.


Topics will include:

  • score preparation
  • maintaining a constant beat,cueing, pitch and rhythmic recognition
  • conducting with click tracks
  • non-verbal communication in performance
  • music collaboration skills
  • auditioning skills

Student projects may involve work integrated or research integrated learning opportunities; projects that involve external stakeholders; group / collaborative projects; speculative or more theoretically oriented projects; professionally oriented projects; projects based on competition or award briefs.

Assumed knowledge

MUSI1705, MUSI1731, MUSI1732

Assessment items

In Term Test: Directing Skills Examination 30%

Journal: Music Directing Project Development and Documentation 35%

Project: Music Directing Project 35%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term