Courses

e.g. AR or AR-211
e.g. Film or "Bass Lab"

COND-351

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: COND-212 or COND-217
Department: COMP

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.

COND-355

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: COND-212 or COND-217
Department: COMP

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.

COND-361

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: COND-351
Department: COMP

Rehearsing and recording to picture with live performers under studio conditions. Focus on preparation, efficiency, and accurate synchronization.

COND-421

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: COND-311 or COND-351
Department: COMP

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).

COND-498

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: COND-212 or COND-217 and written approval of instructor and course chair
Department: COMP

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.

COND-P341

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Cecil Adderley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: COND-221; and COND-222 or COND-211
Department: MUED

The ability to analyze and dissect musical scores is an essential skill for the instrumental music educator. This course will focus on techniques for analyzing scores and using this information to develop structured and sequential rehearsal plans for the repertoire studied. The application of musically appropriate conducting gestures that effectively convey the intended artistic interpretation will also be covered. 

 

COND-P391

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Spring Only
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: COND-212 or COND-217
Department: COMP

Presentation and discussion on the topics of what it takes to succeed as a professional conductor in the 21st century. Several topics will be presented throughout the semester, including how to run a recording session, the business aspect of being a conductor, interpersonal responsibilities, management, and planning. Conducting remains one of the music's elusive professions: why do some succeed while others fail? Following Richard Strauss, we spend our whole lives trying to become better conductors, only to find out at the end of our lives how much more we have to learn. In addition, the financial and managerial aspects of our organizations and of our own careers ought never to be too far from our minds: for in them we occupy the dual roles of senior manager and principal artist.

CP-210

3 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: HR-112, ET-112, and CM-211 or CM-251
Department: COMP

This course instructs students in the fundamental principles of free counterpoint (i.e., composition with melodic lines) with an emphasis on two-part writing. Through the utilization of a three-pronged focus on principles, literature, and experiential practice, students complete exercises and projects involving composition and performance within the common-practice period with additional attention to and experience in contemporary tonal practice.

 

CP-211

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Degree – all; Diploma – COMP and FILM majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: PW-111 and AR-111
Department: COMP

Free counterpoint within a functional tonal context. Emphasis on two-voice writing, binary, and melodic phrase forms.

CP-212

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: Degree – all; Diploma – COMP and FILM majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CP-210 or CP-211 and either CM-211 or CM-251
Department: COMP

Continuation of CP-211. A thorough study of canon and two-part invention through analysis and composition within a functional tonal language.

CP-215

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: COMP, CWPR, and FILM majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CP-210
Department: COMP

A thorough study of the Two and Three-Part Inventions of J.S. Bach through analysis and composition within a functional tonal language. There will be two projects, a two-part invention and a three-part invention in the style of Bach.

CP-311

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: COMP majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: CM-212 or CM-252, and CP-212 or CP-215
Department: COMP

Analysis and writing of three- and four-voice imitative counterpoint based on traditional models. Models include fugue, chorale prelude, and passacaglia or chaconne.

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