Graduate Conducting for the Worship Leader – WMUS 515

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 06/06/2022

Course Description

Intermediate and advanced instruction in conducting techniques for worship leaders in traditional and non-traditional worship settings. Knowledge and skill areas stressed are a review of conducting gestures and patterns; advanced score interpretation, rehearsal management and technique, special problems in vocal and instrumental situations.

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

Rationale

This course is designed to refine pre-existing choral and instrumental conducting skills in the worship leader. Specific attention will be given to the worship leader as conductor. Representative literature from various periods will be studied and conducted. The course provides extended teaching, coaching, and podium time working with worship teams, orchestras, and/or choirs in rehearsal.

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.

Discussions (5)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete 5 Discussions in this course. The student will post one thread of at least 400 words for Discussion: Background and Discussion: Non-verbal Communication. The student must then post 2 replies of at least 200 words. For each thread and reply, the student must support his/her assertions with at least 1 scholarly citation and 1 biblical reference in current Turabian format.

For Discussion: Instrumental vs. Choral, the student will post one thread of at least 200 words and must then post 2 replies of at least 400 words. For each thread and reply, the student must support his/her assertions with at least 1 scholarly citation and 1 biblical reference in current Turabian format.

For Discussion: Video Critique: Foundation and Discussion: Showing Improvements and Adjustments, the student will submit a 2–3-minute video of him/herself conducting a song/piece. See Discussion: Video Critique Resources section for instructions on how to submit a video discussion. The student will then critique at least 2 classmate’s videos. Each written critique/reply must be at least 200 words and contain at least 1 citation. Current Turabian format must be used.

Score Analysis Assignment

The student will complete advanced analysis and marking as applied to a work by a choral or instrumental ensemble. The instrumental student must prepare at least 100 measures of a piece of music as if he/she will rehearse it. The choral student must choose a song from standard high school literature that is 3–5 minutes in length. In addition, the student will complete a paper of 1,000–1,500 words. The paper must include at least 2 citations and be in current Turabian format.

Live Rehearsal Observation Assignments (2)

The student will contact a local conductor about viewing rehearsals at 2 different points in the course, and complete a written observation for each rehearsal. Each observation must be 500–800 words and must be written in current Turabian format.

Worship Conducting Essay Assignment

The student will complete a 500-word essay summarizing philosophical, methodological, and theological approaches to conducting a choir or orchestra for worship. The essay must include at least 2 citations and current Turabian format must be used.

Conducting Video Assignments (2)

The student must begin the preparation for these assignments during Module 1: Week 1 of this course. The student will video himself/herself conducting an ensemble. The choral conducting student must conduct 1 song for each assignment. The instrumental conducting student must conduct a piece that totals 5–8 minutes in length. The student will be conducting live choral or instrumental ensembles.

Final Presentation Assignment

The student will complete a 10–15-minute video presentation. This presentation must include an introduction of a piece of music that the student will be conducting. The music may be from a live performance (preferred) or an audio recording (the student must receive permission from the instructor to use an audio recording), and 3–5 minutes of the video must showcase his/her conducting skill. The remaining portion of the presentation will include his/her thoughts on techniques and strategies he/she has learned in the course, and how he/she implements these into his/her conducting.