Elements of Conducting
Elements of Conducting is a one-semester course focusing on developing the practical skills required to lead an ensemble from beginning to end of the performance process. Aspects of conducting to be covered will include technique, score reading and analysis, principles of interpretation, rehearsal techniques, and orchestration from a conductor’s point of view. Students will be given classroom conducting opportunities necessary to gain a functional understanding of the above topics.
Advanced Conducting (Elective)
This course is designed to offer hands-on experience in developing the skills necessary to become a conductor. Course goals include a better understanding of the following: the role of the conductor, conducting technique, score preparation, and concert programming. Course material includes discussions of these topics as well as evaluations of conductors the student works with or observes in rehearsal and performance. In addition, students will conduct various small ensembles over the course of the semester, which will include direct feedback from the other students in class as well as from the players. Prerequisite: Elements of Conducting.