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COURSE NUMBER: MUSI 331
COURSE TITLE: Choral Conducting II
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr Evelyn Grieger
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Advanced choral conducting techniques, choral practicum and choral literature. It is required of all senior students in the Diploma of Church Music program.

Students with credit in MUSI 285 cannot receive credit in MUSI 331.

Prerequisites: MUSI 330
REQUIRED TEXTS: Cairns, Debra. Elements of Conducting, An Instructional Manual.
McKelvy, James. Music for Conducting Class, 2nd edition.
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Conducting Assignments (2 @ 10%, 1 @ 15%)) 35%
Self-Evaluation of Conducting Assignments (4)20%
Score Study Preparation Assignment20%
Choral Rehearsal Observation 5%
Final Exam: Practical Assignment 20%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES: The course is designed to develop more advanced conducting techniques (asymmetric, compound and alternating meters, increased independence of hands, and more advanced articulatory and expressive gestures), to continue to develop score analysis techniques, rehearsal methods and criteria for selecting repertoire.  The basics of vocal production will be introduced, along with the topic of choral diction, and students will continue developing the listening skills necessary in evaluating and instructing a choral ensemble through practical experience.
COURSE OUTLINE:
  • Introduction/Review
    • Leadership; Movement; Clefs and Transportations; Score Study
  • Unit I: Jan 11 - Feb 1
    • Use of baton; continued development of RH patters and LH techniques
  • Unit II: Feb 6 - Mar 6
    • Advanced techniques: asymmetric/irregular meters; mixed meters
    • Choral Warm-ups; Vocal Health; Diction
  • Unit III: Mar 8-29
    • Britten, "Rejoice in the Lamb" - (asymmetric and changing meters)
  • Unit IV: Mar 31-Apr 17
    • Rehearsal of Score Study repertoire


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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