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Course Overview

The course will be built around three areas of study:

- The history and development of Conducting
- Development of core conducting skills (gesture, vocabulary, score preparation, rehearsal planning and performance)  
- Development of knowledge and understanding of Conducting as a vocation (The business)

The course content will be delivered through workshops that will engage students in academic reading and writing, practical skill building and research skills.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Mr Christopher Gray

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Music (MU) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • MU30A1 Conducting (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Course Aims

This course is designed to develop a practical and academic knowledge and understanding of the skills required to engage with conducting as a discipline by providing:

- critical engagement with key texts in the subject 
- an introduction to the practical skills (gesture, vocabulary, score preparation, rehearsal planning and performance) required to rehearse and perform with a broad range of ensembles
- an introduction to researching appropriate repertoire
- an overview of the vocational requirements of a conductor

Main Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will:

- have gained and demonstrated  the necessary academic knowledge and practical skills required to engage as a conductor
- have begun to develop an awareness of repertoire available for a broad range of instrumental and vocal ensembles and how to assess it suitability
- be able to plan and implement an effective rehearsal (having had the opportunity to do so)
- have an awareness of the key literature in the field and how to use it

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt

Presentation (100%).


Presentation (100%).

Formative Assessment

Weekly TDA assignments will be given which will support the development of skills required to fulfil the formative presentation.


Written feedback will be provided for all students with the opportunity to received aural feedback with the Course Coordinator following the release of marks.

Course Learning Outcomes


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