MUS336 – Spring 2014
Course Schedule
[changes and adjustments will be made as necessary]

Week 1: January 14 & 16

Introduction to MUS336, The Web and MuggleNet, Discuss the art & craft of conducting

Review basic posture & position

Review 4/4 - 3/4 - 2/4 patterns – gestures [with egg shaker]

 

*Electronic Assignment #1*

Due Monday, January 20

 

Week 2: January 21 & 23

Review use of baton

Review preparatory beats


Continue work on basic patterns

Delineate - legato and marcato or weighted gestures

Terms - takt & ictus, general musical terms

Week 3: January 28 & 30

Pallette of gestures - dynamics

Preparatory beats on/for all counts

Releases - varying methods uses

 

*Quiz #1*

Electronic Assignment #2

Due Sunday, February 2

 

Week 4: February 4 [No Class – February 6 (I will be at Kibbie/KMEA)]

Practice Conducting Project #1 & Discussion

Introduce melded gestures

Continue work on weighted gestures

 

Week 5: February 11 & 13

Introduce fermatas

Continue work on melded and weighted gestures

Introduce use of the left hand and usage

Introduce orchestral transpositions

 

Week 6: February 18 & 20 [Possible Guest Speakers, 2/20]

Continue work on fermatas

Continue work with left hand

Introduce - facial gestures - other non-verbal gestures

 

*Quiz #2*

Electronic Assignment #3

Due Sunday, February 23

 

Week 7: February 25 & 27

Practice Conducting Project #2 & Discussion

Continue work on facial features/body language

Introduce asymmetrical and changing meters

 

Week 8: March 4 & 6

Review general terms and transpositions

Continue work on asymmetrical and changing meters

Introduce cues - use, approaches

Electronic Assignment #4

Due Sunday, March 9th

Week 9: March 11 & 13

Continue work on cues - left hand, head, eyes

Expand efforts on dynamics, melded gestures, weighted gestures

 

*Quiz #3*
Practice Conducting Project #3 & Discussion

 

*Spring Break – March 17-21*


Week 10: March 25 & 27

Score Study and Preparation

Instrumental/choral implications of conducting

The musical line

Week 11: April 1 & 3

Continue discussions of score study and preparation

Introduce selection of literature - program preparation

Electronic Assignment #5

Due Sunday, April 6

Week 12: April 8 & 10

Continue discussions on selection of literature - program preparation

Rehearsal strategies, preparation

Review full pallette of gestures - melded, weighted, legato, marked

Review use of left hand, cues

 

Week 13: April 15 & 17

Practice Conducting Project #4 & Discussion

Seating Arrangements and Formats

Introduce overtone series

Review all basic terminology

Efforts on 7/8 - 5/8 - approaches

 

Week 14: April 22 & 24
Practice Conducting Project #5 & Discussion

Review seating arrangements/formats

Continue discussions of overtone series [implications for choral and instrumental]

Continue efforts on 7/8 - 5/8

Week 15: April 29 & May 1

Introduce varying styles - musical eras

Introduce podium presence

Discussion of communication skills

Final Conducting Projects [Thursday 5/1]

 

Final Conducting Essay [Friday 5/2]

 

Final Examination

Saturday, May 3 – 9A, but as previously indicated – this shall be changed and we shall find a mutually satisfactory day/date for the FE as I will be conducting at the Lexington Opera House that weekend [May 1-4]

 

Let’s Have a Great Semester

Peter LaRue