Basic Conducting – CMUS 315

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 05/26/2022

Course Description

Rudimentary instruction in conducting techniques for traditional, commercial music, and non-traditional settings. Knowledge and skill areas stressed are: basic conducting gestures and patterns; score interpretation; rehearsal management and technique; programming considerations; studio project necessities, and special problems in vocal and instrumental situation.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

Professional music training requires that a person be able to rehearse and conduct musical ensembles, both instrumental and choral. The purpose of this course is to teach basic conducting gestures and ensemble rehearsal techniques. This course applies the student’s knowledge of musicianship, musical style, and rehearsal and performance discipline.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussion

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt. The thread must be at least 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words.

Exercise Video Assignments (6)

The student will submit videos of gestural conducting concepts practiced during each Module: Week. The conducting exercises will vary in length and style. For this assignment, the student is required to record a video showcasing conducting skills with the required musical selections. The student will use the recordings and scores on the Labuta companion website for these exercises. The exception for this is Exercise Video: Live Accompanist Assignment, which will require a “live” keyboard accompanist whom the student will conduct. The student will be assessed on technical skills taught in the Watch items found in the Learn section of each Module: Week and a general understanding/development of conducting concepts.

Video Project Assignments (3)

The student will upload 3 major project videos of complete pieces demonstrating their progress with gestural expressions. The video projects will vary in length and style. For these assignments, the student is required to record a video showcasing conducting skills with the required musical selections. Unlike the Exercise Video Assignments, the Video Project Assignments focus on all concepts learned in the course up through the assigned module: week. The student will be assessed on technical skills taught in the presentation videos and a general understanding/development of conducting concepts taught throughout the course.

Presentation Note-Taking Assignment

The student must document the PowerPoint bullets that appear in Module 1: Week 1 through Module 7: Week 7 Watch items in Microsoft Word, and then comment with more of the instructor’s verbal concepts and/or reactions to them. This assignment must be at least 750 words. There is the expectation that every PowerPoint discussed throughout the course Watch Items are recorded in writing. The student is also expected to make at least 7 total one-phrase comments on major concepts discussed in the Watch Items throughout the entire course. The student does not need to record notes on demonstration gesture videos if there are no PowerPoints in the video. This assignment is meant to ensure that the major concepts are documented and understood and that the student spends time reflecting on them.