Master of Music Studies Conducting units of study

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Master of Music Studies (Conducting)

PERF5026 Conducting 1

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Eduardo Diazmuñoz Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 8-10 hours per week in a combination of class and individual instruction, and 4-6 hours per week with Repertoire Orchestra. Assessment: Attendance and participation (15%), preparation (30%), development of conducting and musical skills (20%), work with Repertoire Orchestra (20%), end of semester concert (15%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Group and individual instruction in orchestral conducting technique and methods of score interpretation and rehearsal techniques.
PERF5027 Conducting 2

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Eduardo Diazmuñoz Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 8-10 hours per week in a combination of class and individual instruction, and 4-6 hours per week with Repertoire Orchestra. Prerequisites: PERF5026 Assessment: Attendance and participation (15%), preparation (30%), development of conducting and musical skills (20%), work with Repertoire Orchestra (20%), end of semester concert (15%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Group and individual instruction in orchestral conducting technique and methods of score interpretation and rehearsal techniques.
PERF5034 Conducting 3

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Eduardo Diazmuñoz Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 8-10 hours per week in a combination of class and individual instruction, and 4-6 hours per week with Repertoire Orchestra. Prerequisites: PERF5027 Assessment: Attendance and participation (15%), preparation (30%), development of conducting and musical skills (20%), work with Repertoire Orchestra (20%), end of semester concert (15%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Group and individual instruction in orchestral conducting technique and methods of score interpretation and rehearsal techniques.
PERF5035 Conducting 4

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Eduardo Diazmuñoz Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 8-10 hours per week in a combination of class and individual instruction, and 4-6 hours per week with Repertoire Orchestra and final assesment with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Symphony Orchestra. Prerequisites: PERF5034 Assessment: 30 to 45 minute final concert (90%); program notes (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The final performance prepared and presented in this semester forms the capstone of the Master of Music Studies (Conducting) program.
PERF5028 Ensemble Experience 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Eduardo Diazmuñoz Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Participation in orchestral, choral, chamber music or equivalent. Assessment: Evaluation of work by relevant conducting staff (50%), reflective journal (50%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Performance in an ensemble. Each student will be assigned to an ensemble for the semester to work with the conductor of that ensemble - this includes: taking rehearsals, sectional work, ensemble management, attending all rehearsals as conductor's assistant (keeping notes, marking up of scores, etc), and some conducting. This gives students the opportunity to work with a conductor for a length of time; to become familiar with the day-to-day work of conducting an ensemble; to learn how to prepare and handle scores; to learn repertoire; to observe and experience the application of skills acquired in Conducting 1-4.
PERF5029 Ensemble Experience 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Eduardo Diazmuñoz Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Participation in orchestral, choral, chamber music or equivalent. Prerequisites: PERF5028 Assessment: Evaluation of work by relevant conducting staff (50%), reflective journal (50%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Each student will be assigned to an ensemble for the semester to work with the conductor of that ensemble - this includes: taking rehearsals, sectional work, ensemble management, attending all rehearsals as conductor's assistant (keeping notes, marking up of scores, etc), and some conducting. This gives students the opportunity to work with a conductor for a length of time; to become familiar with the day-to-day work of conducting an ensemble; to learn how to prepare and handle scores; to learn repertoire; to observe and experience the application of skills acquired in Conducting 1-4.
PERF5036 Ensemble Experience 3

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Professor Eduardo Diazmuñoz Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Participation in orchestral, choral, chamber music or equivalent. Prerequisites: PERF5029 Assessment: Evaluation of work by relevant conducting staff (50%), student's reflective journal (50%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Each student will be assigned to an ensemble for the semester to work with the conductor of that ensemble - this is to include: taking rehearsals as conductor's assistant (keeping notes, marking up scores, etc), some conducting. This gives students the opportunity to work with a conductor for a length of time; to become familiar with the day-to-day work of conducting an ensemble; to learn how to prepare and handle scores; to learn repertoire; to observe and experience the application of skills acquired in Conducting 1-4.
PERF5032 Individual Project 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Dr Neil McEwan Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2 hours per week Assessment: Research process and participation throughout the semester (10%); written assignments and if relevant presentation (90%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study focuses on the early stages of planning a research project relevant to students' conducting repertoires and interests, and relies on the individual student showing initiative in bringing this project to fruition. A written proposal for the project is due by mid-semester. Projects may be analytical, historical, notational, kinesthetic, repertoire based stylistic, etc. Students are encouraged to utilize forms of electronic communication (such as DVD, CD, Websites) in their projects. Keyboard players with requisite levels of skill can apply to work on operatic coaching and produce a project related to this.
PERF5033 Individual Project 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Dr Neil McEwan Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2 hours per week. Prerequisites: PERF5032 Assessment: Research process and participation throughout the semester (10%); Presentation (40%); Final document of 5000 words or equivalent (50%). Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study students will continue to focus on the supervised completion of the project commenced in Individual Project 1. The final product can take one of a number of different forms: written document (5 000 words). The presentation may include CD or DVD recordings, performing editions of compositions and editions of works for presentation - this is to be negotiated with relevant supervisory staff.
PERF5030 Keyboard Skills

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Stephen Mould Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 2 hours seminar/week. Assumed knowledge: It is advantageous for the student to have functional keyboard skills, familiarity with transpositions and clefs along with well-developed score reading skills Assessment: Ongoing assessment of student work (100%) Practical field work: Students will prepare and study a variety of full scores in order to develop reading different clefs and transpositions, reproducing them on the keyboard; playing from full score; score reduction; sight reading from vocal and short scores, including 4 parts choral scores. Work will be chosen according to the existing keyboard skills of the student. As this class is Mandatory for Masters in Conducting, students without any keyboard skills will be auditors, and be required to submit an essay of 6000 words, outlining the skills that have been taught. Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This unit is only available for students enrolled in Masters of Music Studies (Conducting).
Students will learn processes for score reduction, and transposition to the keyboard (piano). Enhancement of the score learning process, broadening of repertoire and understanding of composers' orchestral styles will be attained through selection of material.
PERF5603 Wind Conducting

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Associate Professor Dr John Lynch Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 3 hr lecture per wk Assessment: Participation (20%); Short Assignments (20%); Semester projects (20%); Mid-term exam (20%); Final presentation (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit is designed for professional conductors, postgraduate conducting majors and other postgraduates with conducting experience, and undergraduates who have successfully completed the undergraduate sequence. Topics will include expressive gesture, advanced conducting technique, body awareness and movement; advanced score study, analytical and aural skills, wind band repertoire; rehearsal techniques and strategies; wind band history and current topics of interest for conductors/musicians.
* See MCGY5610 Research Skills for Music Performance and PERF5023 Graduate Aural Perception which are also included in this program.