Conducting

COND-211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Richard Carrick
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All except MTHE and MUED majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: ET-211 or ET-231
Department Code: 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: Richard Carrick
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: All except FILM, MTHE and MUED majors
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: COND-211 or COND-216
Department Code: 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: Richard Carrick
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 Code: 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: Richard Carrick
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 Code: 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 Code: MUED
Location: Boston Campus

This course introduces fundamental beat patterns, basic conducting technique, phrasing and articulation, and problems of tempo. Students discuss and study applicable terminology. Additionally, students participate in lab sessions for choral application of classroom skills, which are geared to the needs of public school music educators.

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 Code: MUED
Location: Boston Campus

This course introduces students to fundamental beat patterns, basic conducting technique, phrasing, articulation, and problems of tempo. Students discuss and study score analysis and take part in lab sessions for instrumental application of classroom skills. This course is geared to the needs of public school music educators.

COND-311

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Richard Carrick
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 Code: 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 Code: MUED
Location: Boston Campus

This course is designed to prepare students to effectively design, lead, and assess choral rehearsals. It examines vocal repertoire for school music groups with extensive analysis and application of rehearsal techniques for specific elementary, middle, and high school ensemble settings. As part of the course, students develop score analysis and rehearsal techniques as they apply skills and knowledge in lab sessions.

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 Code: MUED
Location: Boston Campus

This course is designed to prepare students to effectively design, lead, and assess instrumental rehearsals. It examines instrumental repertoire for school music groups with extensive analysis and application of rehearsal techniques for specific elementary, middle, and high school ensemble settings. As part of the course, students develop score analysis and rehearsal techniques as they apply skills and knowledge in lab sessions. Note: performance on secondary instrument(s) is required.

COND-331

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Richard Carrick
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 Code: 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: Richard Carrick
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 Code: 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-351

2 credit(s)
Course Chair: Richard Carrick
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: COND-212 or COND-217
Department Code: COMP
Location: Boston Campus

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.

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