Introduction to Conducting for Non-Majors
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Mannes Extension
Department: Instrumental Classes
Course Number: XINS 1101
Course Format: Group Lessons
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Topics:
  • Music
  • Classical Music
Description:
Conducting is one of the most exciting of all musical activities. It is also paradoxical; learning to conduct provides the deepest possible understanding of music, and yet the conductor is the one musician onstage who makes no sound. It is concrete: we have a huge effect on how the music sounds. It is also ephemeral: we are drawing lines in the air. This course will introduce you to some of the basic concepts of this art which remains mysterious to many. Using the class as an ensemble, you will gain practical experience putting these concepts to use, for the only true way to understand conducting is by doing it. Also, this experience will prepare you for further work in the field if you so desire. This course will introduce basic concepts of conducting, score analysis, manual technique, and rehearsal strategies. Music will be drawn from the core symphonic and operatic repertoire. We will also discuss methods of conducting 20th century contemporary music. This course is a natural companion to "Intro to Score Reading" (XINS 1110); however each may be taken separately as a stand-alone course.
Course Open to: Degree Students