Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 2023

Course Description

OVERALL LEARNING GOALS for CONDUCTING ONE The intention of this 300-level course(MUS 360) for the undergraduate music major (BM, BME, BMA) at DePauw University is to create in those music students a fundamentally sound physical, intellectual and intuitive conducting skill through the useand application ofinformation from a structured text which includes sets of exercises that will be used in an interactive classroom. Supported by other areas of personal study, as the student continues to developartistic excellence andcreativity, thestudentwill become a moreaccomplished conductor, based onthe critical thinking skills that this foundation in Conducting One will have provided. OVERALL LEARNING OBJECTIVES for CONDUCTING ONE The course of study, which provides action-oriented and measurable objectives, will include the following: discussion of text readings followed by the execution andimplementation of physical conducting and other technical exercises from the text; full-score study techniques (including several graded projects ofmarking leading-line, cueing, harmonic analysis and "phraseology"); live-ensemble conducting and rehearsal interaction; conducting to a recording toallow maintenance time-beating while focusing on cueing, score progression anddeveloping the ear's ability to adjust to the movement of sound in time; the development of singing skills used for demonstration to an ensemble of specific passage work; and the development of rehearsal strategies for effective use of time ("5-minute Firedrill'- a high efficiency assignment). Most class days will consist of conducting pattern warm-up and drill, discussion of reading material, followed by live-ensemble work.

Student Outcomes

OVERALL LEARNING OUTCOMES for CONDUCTING ONE Because many of these music students (especially, BME) will find themselvesin aposition of responsibility conducting a group of musicians, either academic or professional, choral orinstrumental, the outcomes of the course must prepare students for that eventuality and will include-- developing a correct, personalconducting beat pattern set, one which is shown through obvious and refined but comfortable body language; developing an undeniably correct sense of tempo that can be maintained involuntarily and is reliable;assembling an understanding of "the score" and its study and howto interpret what is there; developing the ability to listen while involved in all the other activities of conducting; developing good narrative, descriptive and interactive leadership skills; developing a sense of musicalrehearsal priorities thatwill create efficient rehearsals and accomplish rehearsal goals,and; understandingthe progression of how to gauge preparationof a piece of music to finally accomplish a performance of it.