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MU35A1: CONDUCTING (2016-2017)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

MU35A1 is a practice led course that is designed to give participants an academic and practical understanding of the skills required as a conductor when lead an ensemble from rehearsal to performance. Topics covered in the course include; history of conducting, understanding the role of the conductor in amateur and professional settings, rehearsal planning, score preparation and conducting technique. All sessions are either based around structured discussion or practical activities. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Mr Christopher Gray

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Music with Honours (Music and Communities) or Bachelor of Music with Honours (Education)

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

Students will work with one another to develop a facility for conducting vocal music using chorale settings as material. The course covers instrumental conducting, using Classical minuets arranged for piano duet and/or small ensemble.

Students will explore the history and theory of conducting as well as the challenges presented by contemporary repertoire.

Further Information & Notes

This course does not run every year please contact the Department of Music for up-to-date information.

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: A performance of a small ensemble (either voice, or instruments or a mix of both) conducted by each individual student of between 6 and 12 minutes in duration, repertoire to be approved by Course Co-ordinator (80%). Tutorial presentation (20%).

Resit: Students resit the failed assessment(s).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


There will be constant formative oral feedback in workshops.

Written feedback on the performance and presentation will be given on a report form.

Course Learning Outcomes


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