MUSGEN 2010 - Foundations of Conducting

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

This course provides students with an introduction to conducting techniques including all standard beat patterns; the initial development of expressive gestures and skills for reflection of musical character; use of the left hand; entries, releases, fermata, tempo and character changes); score reading, analysis and marking; developing appropriate aural skills; effective rehearsal techniques and planning; repertoire and resources, including set works; and an introduction to specific choral and instrumental techniques.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSGEN 2010
    Course Foundations of Conducting
    Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 2 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible GENMUS 2023, PERF 2023, PERF 2024, MUSGEN 3013
    Assumed Knowledge No prior conducting experience required, but students should have completed at least 24 units of Level I undergraduate music courses or equivalent.
    Restrictions Priority is given to BMus students but available to all students
    Course Description This course provides students with an introduction to conducting techniques including all standard beat patterns; the initial development of expressive gestures and skills for reflection of musical character; use of the left hand; entries, releases, fermata, tempo and character changes); score reading, analysis and marking; developing appropriate aural skills; effective rehearsal techniques and planning; repertoire and resources, including set works; and an introduction to specific choral and instrumental techniques.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Carl Crossin OAM

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Accepting that this course is an introductory course in Conducting, after successful completion of this course, students will be able to...
    1. Exhibit a range of basic conducting and ensemble direction skills that, through accuracy, fluency, expressive awareness, confidence, and an appropriate use of relevant language and terminology, illustrate a developing ability to communicate an artistic concept to an ensemble through the use of appropriate language and gestures.
    2. Exhibit a range of effective rehearsal strategies which arise from independent, imaginative and creative approaches to problem solving (including the use of contemporary technologies) and an understanding of the leadership role of a conductor.
    3. Manifest a critical (though developing) understanding of appropriate performance standards and an ability to assess one’s own performances and those of fellow musicians.
    4. Exhibit developing skills in leadership, performance etiquette, confidence, communication and collegial interaction with an ensemble.
    5. Exhibit curiosity, self-awareness and problem-solving skills that will enable continuous learning and growth.





    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2, 5

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    2, 3, 5

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    3, 5

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    3, 4, 5

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    All music used in this course will be provided by the lecturer.  Students will, however, be required to buy a good quality conducting baton and have a range of lead (2B, 3B or 4B) and coloured pencils for score marking.



    Recommended Resources
    A list of books, articles and online resources will be provided for students throughout the course.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Workload

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

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    Assessment Detail

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    Submission

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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