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This course will introduce and develop a broad range of subjects associated with conducting, including: leadership, rehearsal techniques, physical and aural skills, interpretation, performance practices, and programming. Related areas to be discussed include: balance, intonation, rhythm, articulation, bowings, and complex meters. Weekly conducting and score reading assignments will form the core of the workload. Larger projects may include conducting existing instrumental ensembles, and along with score reading, will be the basis of the midterm and final exams. This course includes instrument demos, conducting videos and a trip to audit a private Boston Symphony rehearsal at Symphony Hall in Boston.
Format: seminar; lab
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
class participation, regular conducting assignments, midterm and final projects
membership in a Music Department ensemble preferred, permission of instructor
Music department ensemble members/upperclass students