Conducting Techniques [MUSC 270]
Instructors: Dan Tremblay and Darrell Bryan
This course will offer instruction in the basics of both instrumental and choral conducting through the research, practice, and practical application of skills.
This course will include topics such as the role of the conductor, beat patterns, baton technique, transposition, clef reading, communication of musical language, ensemble design and organization, rehearsal planning, and score preparation. Although both instrumental and choral conductors vary their style to suit their ensemble, the fundamentals of conducting remain the same. To this end, this course will be co-taught by Dan Tremblay and Darrell Bryan, as while both possess instrumental and choral conducting experience, they also have their areas of expertise. Students will learn what is required to lead an ensemble successfully with a focus on developing practical skills in conducting.
In the Fall term of the 2020-21 academic year this course will be delivered remotely. Weekly synchronous sessions will be provided via Zoom, that will comprise discussion and practical application of skill. Each week will also feature a recorded video lecture, allowing you to develop your practice skill remotely. Further topics will be explored through listening and video exercises as we learn to describe and analyze conducting gestures and patterns.