MUSGEN 3017 - Conducting: Choral & Instrumental Techniques

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021

This course builds on the basic conducting skills developed in Foundations of Conducting and provides students with more specific skills and techniques for working with instrumental ensembles (including orchestras) and choirs. The course will enable students to acquire skills in: developing choral tone and diction; expressive conducting; developing a working knowledge of relevant instruments and the human voice; effective rehearsal; working with a variety of musical styles; repertoire and resources study including detailed score study of selected set works. Available to BMus students only except by special permission of the Conservatorium.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MUSGEN 3017
    Course Conducting: Choral & Instrumental Techniques
    Coordinating Unit Elder Conservatorium of Music
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites MUSGEN 2010 or MUSGEN 3013
    Incompatible MUSGEN 3008, MUSGEN 3009, GENMUS 2023, PERF 2023, PERF 2024
    Assumed Knowledge MUSGEN 2010
    Restrictions Available for BMus students only except by special permission of the Conservtorium
    Course Description This course builds on the basic conducting skills developed in Foundations of Conducting and provides students with more specific skills and techniques for working with instrumental ensembles (including orchestras) and choirs. The course will enable students to acquire skills in: developing choral tone and diction; expressive conducting; developing a working knowledge of relevant instruments and the human voice; effective rehearsal; working with a variety of musical styles; repertoire and resources study including detailed score study of selected set works. Available to BMus students only except by special permission of the Conservatorium.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Carl Crossin OAM

    The staff teaching this course are...

    Dr. Luke Dollman
    Associate Professor Carl Crossin
    Course Timetable

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

    Workshops for this course will be in held weekly in the Madley Reherarsal Studio from 11am - 1pm on Thursdays in Semester 1.

    A schedule of classes/workshops and related activities will be given to students in Week 1 of the semester.

    Please note that, while the principal teaching mode for this course involves attendance at the weekly workshops (see above), students will be expected to undertake other activities averaging one hour per week at other times.  This third hour will involve attendance at rehearsals and other related activities held by a variety of ensembles.


  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the completion of this course students will be able to...

    1. Exhibit conducting and ensemble direction skills that, through accuracy, fluency, expressive awareness, confidence, and an appropriate use of relevant language and terminology, illustrate a maturing ability (well in advance of that required for Foundations of Conducting) to communicate an artistic concept to an orchestra, choir (or other instrumental or choral ensemble) through the use of appropriate gestures and language.

    2. Exhibit effective rehearsal strategies pertinent to working with instrumental or choral ensembles 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 understanding of appropriate performance standards and an ability to assess one’s own performances and those of fellow musicians.

    4. Exhibit skills in leadership, performance etiquette, confidence, communication and collegial interaction with an instrumental or choral ensemble.

    5. Exhibit curiosity, self-awareness and problem-solving skills that will enable continuous learning and growth.

    6. Demonstrate a maturing understanding of choral, orchestral and other ensemble music through discussion, the written word and through their conducting skills.





    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 5, 6
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    2, 3, 5, 6
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    3, 5, 6
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    3, 4, 5
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will be delivered through weekly 2-hour workshops and up to 10 hours of specified sessions with choirs within and outside of the Conservatorium. Student learning will be ‘hands on’ with students regularly conducting the class as an ensemble using selected repertoire prepared by the students before each class.  Lecturer feedback is given in each workshop.  The class will also be expected to observe 'best practice' through the observation and reveiw of experienced conductors working in schools and the community.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    CONTACT
    1. 10 x 2 hour Workshop - (20 hours)
    2. Up to 10 hours attendance, obersvation and practical experience at choir rehearsals as advised/negotiated (10 hours)

    NON-CONTACT
    1. Conducting technique – private practice for individual skill development (Up to 36 hours)
    2. Observation & Review - of experienced conductors & ensembles (Up to 12 hours)
    3. Repertoire Study – listening and preparation (Up to 26 hours)
    4. Required reading & assignment writing (Up to 36 hours)
    5. Examination preparation (Up to 12 hours)

    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • 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
    There are four assessments for this course.

    1. Minor Practical Assessment (choral and instrumental skills, techniques & issues)  20%
              
    This assessment will be held in Week 4 or 5 of the semester

    2. Conducting Observation & Review assignment  20%

    3. Essay/Analysis/Score Preparation assignment  20%

    4. Major Practical Assessment  40%
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    Submission
    Students will be given information about the submission of assignments in Week 1 of the semester
    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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