MUS31230 Introduction to Conducting

Academic Year 2022/2023

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of conducting. It is essentially a practical course that shall prepare the student to conduct a variety of works for choir and/or orchestra. It should be considered of particular use for students who intend to engage in performance, composition or group teaching. Technique shall be discussed in seminars, and workshopped in small-group classes with piano as well as a choir comprised of class members. Occasional guest lectures will offer further insight into different aspects of conducting activity.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

The student should be able to:
control the tempo and musical shape of a short musical work or excerpt;
have a fluent command of the basic conducting shapes (2, 3, 4, 5, 6) and an understanding of more complex patterns;
show details within performance such as dynamics, fermatas, cues, articulation;
appreciate the importance of phrase structure and balance;
distinguish basic technical issues in choral and orchestral conducting;
understand the role of the conductor in a variety of professional and non-professional settings.

Indicative Module Content:

History of conducting;
Conducting technique;
Reading, analysing & marking scores;
Orchestral/choral conducting;
The role of the conductor in practice.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Small-group workshops;
Practice with piano;
Guest seminars.
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
MUS31120 - Introduction to Conducting

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Contribution and progress Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Group Project: Group presentation on the history/theory of conducting Week 4 n/a Graded No


Practical Examination: Choral conducting assessment Week 7 n/a Graded No


Practical Examination: Orchestral conducting assessment with pianos Week 12 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

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Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Mon 14:00 - 15:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Tues 16:00 - 16:50