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Module

MUS2084 : Conducting Studies

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Christopher Tarrant
  • Lecturer: Mr Edward Cross
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To develop techniques for conducting different vocal and instrumental groups through practical experience.

To provide an introduction to various issues concerning conducting.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will explore various issues concerning conducting. Practical sessions will help you acquire the basic techniques of conducting and rehearsing both choral and orchestral works. Other classes will examine aspects of performance practice, score preparation, psychological preparation and rehearsal planning.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00All present-in-person, but could be delivered online asynchronously if required
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching42:008:00seminars - present-in-person, can be online synchronous if required
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching30:201:00tutorials - presnet-in-person or online synchronous if required
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops62:0012:00Present-in-person, can be online synchronous if required.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork23:006:00Observing rehearsals (not contact time)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1153:00153:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce technical problems and strategies to deal with them.
Practicals provide practical conducting experience and formative feedback.
Seminars offer group follow up sessions in basic technical skills.
Fieldwork allows the opportunity to observe professional conductiors and orchestras and learn from their skills.
Group learning gives the chance to play under other student conductors and orchestras and assess the effectivenesss of their approach.
Tutorials give targeted feedback to students on individual aspects of their work.
In private study the student achieves familiarity with the repertoire and fluency in the handling of technique.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M25Written work c. 2000 words or equivalent
Prof skill assessmnt1A25Choral conducting
Prof skill assessmnt2A50Orchestral conducting
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Essay tests the student's assimilation of and responses to rehearsal strategies and performance practice ideas.
Practical tests demonstrate conducting technique and development of rehearsal strategy.

Reading Lists

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