Basic Conducting – MUCP 209

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Welcome

I’m thrilled we’ll be working together for the next semester.  I want to be as helpful to you as I can be so that you get the most from this course, and improve as much as possible.  Our best tool to reach that goal is to communicate.  Feel free to contact me at anytime with questions, comments or concerns @ folliapj@potsdam.edu

Goals

  • To reinforce the objectives published in the syllabus.
  • To strengthen musical leadership abilities.
  • To increase awareness of the conductor’s role/influence.

Expectations

1.     Preparation

The best way to improve your conducting is to conduct.  Each week there will be required excerpts for you to prepare.  You must prepare all exercises and be ready each session to lead the class in the prepared material(s).  Your sessions will be videotaped and recorded on the microSD card that you provide.  Self-evaluations are often required, and you should use this form as a rubric.

2.     Attendance

The second best way to improve your conducting is to watch other conductors.  Therefore, attendance is a critical part of this course and your final grade.  There are no excused absences, unless there is an emergency or special circumstance (which will be considered on a case-by-case basis).  If you are going to be absent, please e-mail me so that we can make accommodations.

3.     Be professional

All communication (written, verbal and non-verbal) should be respectful, grammatically correct and concise.  Consider your attire.  You may want to use your conducting videos for future auditions.  Hold yourself and your colleagues to the highest standards of musicianship.

4.     Take risks

You’re here because of the outstanding musician you are – be that musician, and inspire others to reach your musical vision.