Music 356

MUSC 356

Catalog Entry

MUSC356. Instrumental Conducting

Three hours (3). 

Prerequisites: MUSC354 and one semester each of Woodwind Class, Brass Class, Percussion Class and String Class. 

Continuation of MUSC354 with emphasis on band and orchestral conducting. Score reading, instrumental score interpretation, instrumental rehearsal techniques, teaching musicianship, literature, instrumentation and transposition stressed. Each student prepares score for rehearsal by large instrumental ensemble.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

Emphasis (continues) on score reading skills, score marking procedures, and repertory and programming concepts for the school instrumental music educator.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Students conduct selected works for wind band and symphony orchestra with the instructor at the piano. Students also conduct portions of rehearsals with the University Concert Band and/or Wind Ensemble on several occasions during the semester. Some observation of rehearsals and performances by elementary and high school instrumental conductors.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

At the conclusion of the course students will have acquired considerable skill in selcting quality wind band literature, developing score reading skills, rehearsal techniques ,error detection techniques, and leadership qualities necessary for preparing an entire program of contrasting literature for wind band in the public school and professional realm.


Assessment Measures

Three grades: conducting evaluations, class discussions and one paper.


Other Course Information

    * Required Text: Guide to Score Study For the Wind Band Conductor by Frank Battisti and Robert Garofalo Meredith Music Publications, 1990

    * Numerous handouts and a recommended reading and listening list are emphasized.


Approval and Subsequent Reviews

Revised April, 2009