GEORGETOWN
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Music Department
Advanced Conducting: Music 336
Dr. Peter LaRue

Goals and Objectives

The Prime Directive of successful conducting … to be clear, to be musical.

Upon the successful completion of MUS336, the student will …

1. understand that the goal of the mature conductor is to be clear, to be musical and help their ensemble in any way they can to perform better – more musically – more expressively

2. enhance and continue to develop basic conducting skills, a vocabulary of gestures and a podium presence that will enable them to be more efficient conductors and teachers

3. understand that successful conducting, really is successful rehearsing and that the ability to hear accurately and think on your feet is essential to successful teaching

4. develop an appreciation for conducting as an art, not the mindless “flopping about” of one's arms

5. understand that the art and craft of conducting is more “head than hand”

Specific goals will include …

01. continued work on basic beat patterns [metrical and non-metrical]
02. development of melded gesture
03. development of weighted gestures
04. development of techniques for the fermata, the cue and the preparatory beat
05. development of expressive gestures with right and left hands
06. development of appropriate cuing strategies
07. understanding the baton – when to use, when not to use
08. understanding of varied non-verbal gestures
09. develop an understanding of the “psychology” behind successful conducting
10. develop an understanding of the musical line and its successful interpretation
11. study of score order/instrumentation/transpositions/overtone series
12. study of selection of literature
13. development of an appreciation for great conductors of the past and present

As students of conducting, we must remember that our primary role is to gain an understanding of the expressive import in a piece of music.  Through a study of conducting, we strive to refine gestures and other communicative devices which will bring this expressive nature of the music to our ensembles.  In music, we must strive to always be both student and teacher.