Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 2023

Course Description

OVERALL LEARNING GOALS for CONDUCTING TWO The intention of this 300-level course (MUS 362A, Instrumental), the next instrumental Conducting course in sequence to MUS 360 (Conducting One), for undergraduate music majors (BM, BME, BMA) at DePauw University, is to provide greater breadth and depth of knowledge about the various subjects ofConducting and to offer each individual student additional conducting drills as provided by classroom and "live" circumstances. OVERALL LEARNING OBJECTIVES for CONDUCTING TWO The course of study, which provides action-oriented and measurable objectives, will include the folowing: self-analysis of personal conducting skils; the implementation of additional physical conducting and other technical exercises not used in Conducting One; live-ensemble conducting and rehearsal interaction with the DePauw Symphony Orchestra; analysis of the video-recording of the student's live-ensemble conducting and rehearsal interaction; conducting to a recording to not only allow for maintenance beating but to require the student to look ahead and plan transitional conducting decisions; more full-score study techniques (including the integration of foreign language terms and program elements as they affect the composer's musical intentions, therefore, those of the conductor); the study of different types of conducted recitative (including those of standard oratorio, opera and musical/theatre genre); the critical analysis in outline form of a dozen conducting texts (including defining points of strength and weakness; the studyof a major conducting personality, the information for which is presented in class for timed public presentation to hone skills of public speaking; the preparation of the same information in longer, written format to be graded as a paper.

Student Outcomes

OVERALL LEARNING OUTCOMES for CONDUCTINGTWO Since conducting at this level can almost become a private lesson, the instructional outcomes of this course will include-- providing the student with additional repetitions of fundamental exercises of the techniques of conducting; adding information to the student's score study techniques; providing the student with additional texts for cumulative study; undertaking the study of avant-garde trends in conducting technique; broadening the student's perspective about the historical role of Conducting by the study and preparation of relevant information about an historical conducting personality; structuring the individual student's acquisition of more refined analytical, leadership and public speaking skills with the confidence built from technical accomplishment; placing these strengthened skills in a more critical rehearsal context.