Choral Conducting for Music Education Majors
Fundamental beat patterns, basic conducting technique, phrasing and articulation, problems of tempo. Discussion and study of terminology. Lab sessions for choral application of classroom skills. Geared to the needs of public school music educators. Emphasis on secondary school repertoire.
Instrumental Conducting for Music Education Majors
Fundamental beat patterns, basic conducting technique, phrasing and articulation, problems of tempo. Discussion and study of score analysis. Lab sessions for instrumental application of classroom skills. Geared to the needs of public school music educators. NOTE: Performance on secondary instrument(s) is required.
Advanced Conducting Seminar With Live Orchestra
This course is designed for the student who wishes to further abilities in conducting. Emphasis is on rehearsal techniques and interpretation while working with a live orchestral ensemble.
Choral Rehearsal Techniques for Music Education Majors
Detailed attention to typical vocal repertoire with extensive analysis and application of rehearsal techniques as they apply to specific public school groups. More advanced lab sessions for application of classroom principles.
Instrumental Rehearsal Techniques for Music Education Majors
Detailed attention to typical instrumental repertoire with extensive analysis and application of rehearsal techniques as they apply to specific public school groups. More advanced lab sessions for application of classroom principles. NOTE: Performance on secondary instrument(s) is required.
Advanced Conductor's Workshop with Live Keyboard Ensemble
A practical course for conductors and music directors in preparation, organization, rehearsal, and recording under studio conditions. Emphasis on establishing fluency in conducting and rehearsal techniques to maximize efficiency in the session.
Conducting Small Ensembles
This course is designed to give students practical experience in conducting rehearsals of small instrumental groups. Students will expand their conducting technique and deepen their score-preparation skills in class meetings with their colleagues playing MIDI keyboards in preparation for sessions with small ensembles (e.g., brass quintet, flute choir, string quartet, wind quintet); at these sessions themselves, the students will meet the challenges of analog instrumental groups—balance, intonation, rehearsal skills, and conductor-performer relations.
Conducting for Film and TV Production
Rehearsing and recording to picture with live performers under studio conditions. Focus on preparation, efficiency, and accurate synchronization.
Advanced Rehearsal Techniques
An advanced course for conductors in the development of effective technical, musical, and psychological skills, including planning (choice of literature, aesthetic and practical considerations, allotment of rehearsal time); musical preparation (development of interpretation, choice of tempi, stylistic factors, identifying difficult or tricky passages, editing parts for bowing and breathing); rehearsal (pacing, including alternating woodshedding with play-through; balancing dynamics; using effective gestures with the baton, face, left hand, and body; giving effective verbal instructions; intonation; listening and prioritizing; stopping and starting; knowing when to be satisfied); and human factors (mutual respect and honesty, shared responsibility, ensemble esprit de corps, and psychological momentum).
Directed Study in Conducting
Supervised preparation and performance of an approved conducting project. Projects may originate with recitalists or from various departments such as Film Scoring, Contemporary Writing and Production, and Music Production and Engineering. The student will conduct at least one project from the following categories: studio recording, recital or live concert requiring a conductor, or preparing and conducting a work with an ensemble.
Advanced Conducting Skills for the Theater
This is a hands-on, lab-style course, focused on skills particular and unique to theater conducting. Each student will choose a different musical from a list of possibilities and during the course of the semester will prepare, analyze and conduct parts of it. Additionally, all students will conduct each other. Students will also sing, play, and read dialogue for each other in order to simulate specific, relevant theater conducting situations.
Theater Musical Direction
This is a lecture/discussion class, which begins with a brief history of the modern American musical and basic definitions of theater terminology. Topics discussed will cover the period from the 1920s through the present, following the development of the musical from its song-and-sketch and European operetta roots to the modern integrated music drama. The body of the course follows the journey of a show from its inception through to closing night. Each participant will choose a songwriter or songwriting team as a subject for an in-depth presentation for the rest of the class. Basic theater terminology will also be taught and students will be tested on history and theater craft.