Conducting

COND-211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All except MTHE and MUED majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ET-211 or ET-231
Department: COMP
Location: Boston Campus, Valencia (Spain) Campus

Techniques of conducting vocal and instrumental music. Fundamental beat patterns. Discussion and study of terminology, problems of tempo, phrasing, and articulation.

COND-212

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All except FILM, MTHE and MUED majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: COND-211 or COND-216
Department: COMP
Location: Boston Campus, Valencia (Spain) Campus

The course assumes basic beat pattern knowledge and covers three areas: (1) symphonic conducting with an instrumental soloist (concerto), (2) symphonic conducting with a vocal soloist (operatic aria), and (3) symphonic conducting of a major modern work involving complete meter changes. Works used include a romantic piano or violin concerto, an operatic excerpt, and a piece such as Petrouchka, The Rite of Spring, or Symphonies of Wind Instruments.

COND-216

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: All students not taking COND-211, except MTHE and MUED majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ET-211 or ET-231
Department: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

This course emphasizes in-depth score study and elements involved with the formulation of musical ideas, the role of the conductor, and the proper kind of relationship between the conductor and the orchestra. Students gain valuable experience rehearsing and conducting an ensemble. The course utilizes eight keyboards, allowing the formation of an in-class live keyboard ensemble creating a virtual orchestral sound. Each of eight performers play their own individual lines from the score while one person conducts and rehearses the ensemble. Each conductor will be videotaped while in front of the ensemble for further study.

COND-217

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: FILM majors and all students not taking COND-212, except MTHE and MUED majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: COND-211 or COND-216
Department: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

A conducting class class where students conduct other students playing MIDI keyboards that create the sounds of the instruments of an orchestral ensemble. Each student learns all aspects of score preparation and rehearsal techniques. All sessions are recorded for home study.

COND-221

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Cecil Adderley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: MUED majors; MTHE majors not taking COND-222
Electable by: MUED and MTHE majors
Prerequisites: None
Department: MUED
Location: Boston Campus

This course introduces students to fundamentals of conducting. Students learn beat patterns, basic conducting technique, phrasing and articulation, and problems of tempo. Students also master basic conducting terminology. The course, geared to the needs of public school music educators, includes lab sessions for choral application of classroom skills. Special emphasis is placed on secondary school repertoire. 

COND-222

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Cecil Adderley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: MUED majors; MTHE majors not taking COND-221
Electable by: MUED and MTHE majors
Prerequisites: COND-221
Department: MUED
Location: Boston Campus

This course continues the exploration of fundamentals of conducting. Students develop their knowledge of beat patterns, basic conducting technique, phrasing and articulation, and problems of tempo. Students also analyze scores and learn the instrumental application of classroom skills. Geared to the needs of public school music educators, the course includes required application in lab sessions. Students perform on both their primary and secondary instrument(s). 

COND-311

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Written approval of instructor and course chair and either COND-351 or COND-498
Department: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

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.

COND-321

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Cecil Adderley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: MUED majors
Electable by: MUED majors
Prerequisites: COND-221
Department: MUED
Location: Boston Campus

This course emphasizes detailed attention to typical vocal repertoire. Students learn extensive analysis and application of rehearsal techniques. Students also learn to apply these techniques to specific public school groups. Geared to the needs of public school music educators, the course requires lab sessions for advanced application of classroom principles.

COND-322

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Cecil Adderley
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: MUED majors
Electable by: MUED majors
Prerequisites: COND-222
Department: MUED
Location: Boston Campus

This course emphasizes detailed attention to typical instrumental repertoire. Students learn extensive analysis and application of rehearsal techniques. Students also learn to apply these techniques to specific public school groups. Geared to the needs of public school music educators, the course requires lab sessions for advanced application of classroom principles. Students perform on both their primary and secondary instrument(s).

COND-331

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: COND-212, CM-231 or AR-112, ISKB-211 (for non-keyboard majors), and written approval of course instructor
Department: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

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.

COND-332

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Arnold Friedman
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: COND-212 or COND-217, ISKB-211 (for non-piano principals), and written approval of course instructor
Department: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

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.

COND-333

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

This is a course designed to benefit both conducting students and vocalists who wish to hone their theater skills. Conducting students will observe the instructor coaching singers in theatrical material, both in performance and audition settings, eventually taking over the coaching under the instructor's supervision. The format is much like a master class. Each vocalist will have his/her moment to perform each week. Text and character analysis; choosing and fully realizing the dramatic action of the material; and determining the appropriate vocal style, correct key, and song's routine is discussed in each case. Emphasis is on the dramatic elements of the material as a basis for musical decisions, and how musical and theatrical aesthetics inform each other. Basic elements of song structure will also be addressed for the benefit of both singers and coaches. Vocalists may rehearse off-hours with conducting student/accompanists if they wish, but part of the training involves singing with pianists they have not rehearsed with to in order to improve communication skills with accompanists and simulate actual audition conditions.

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