The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code

MUSI2161

Units

10 units

Level

2000 level

Course handbook

Description

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.


Availability

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.


Content

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

Lecture

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

Tutorial

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