Graduate Conducting for the Worship Leader – WMUS 515

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

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.




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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze a choral and/or instrumental score for the purpose of teaching and conducting an ensemble.
  2. Demonstrate advanced analytical and gestural conducting skill.
  3. Evaluate the stylistic characteristics of a choral/instrumental musical score.
  4. Rehearse an ensemble (choral and/or instrumental) with skill, efficiency, and confidence.
  5. Articulate the practical application of internalization technique to conducting technique.
  6. Compare appropriate conducting technique for select meter and stylistic characteristic.

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200250 words. Each thread and reply must contain at least 1 citation and 1 biblical reference. Current Turabian format must be used.

Conducting Videos (4)

The student will complete conducting exercises of varying length and style. These assignments will require the student to record a video showcasing his/her conducting skill(s) with the required musical pieces.

Text Summary

The student will complete a text summary of chapters 12 of the Sharp text. The structure of this summary must be 1 sentence for each paragraph of the assigned text reading. The essay must include at least 1 citation and current Turabian format must be used.

Worship Conducting Essay

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.

Rudiment Conducting Video

The student will record a video of himself/herself conducting a total of 10 rudiment exercises that are found in the course Reading & Study.

Final Project

The student should begin the preparation for this final project during Module/Week 1 of the course. The student will make contact with a worship pastor of a church that has a worship choir and/or orchestra, and create a dialogue about the musical selection. With the worship pastor’s input, the student will select a choral or instrumental worship arrangement. The student must rehearse the selection with the church choir and/or orchestra. The student must film a portion of his/her rehearsal, as well as a final run through. The video must be no longer than 10 minutes total, including the rehearsal portion and the final run through.