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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MUSS2826 Studies in Conducting

20 creditsClass Size: 15

Module manager: Dr Steve Muir

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Normally Grade 8 ABRSM practical or equivalent (in lieu of pre-requisite modules)
Satisfactory performance in MUSS 1324 or MUSS1320

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module is designed to develop conducting skills. Conducting technique and related performance skills are taught in small group lessons across the two semesters. Attendance at concerts and discussions in class develop critical judgement skills. Assessment is in the form of a practical performance exam.


- the progressive deepening of musicianship - intellectual and emotional, development of conducting skills and technique, through the performance and rehearsal of repertoire;
- the continued development of aural awareness along with specific skills such as sight-reading and memorising as appropriate to and the repertoire pursued;
- the development of critical skills in performance (of self and others) ;
- the development of knowledge that supports practical conducting;
- to learn organisational and planning skills for performance.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should:

1. Show understanding of conducting practice;
2. Demonstrate proficiency in specific conducting techniques covered in the module;
3. Display skills in critical musical judgement;
4. Demonstrate the application of communication skills in practical performance.


Students take a course of group conducting lessons with a specialist teacher. These lessons will be spread over the two semesters. Student must perform at least once per semester in performance sessions. Assessment is via performance exam.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning112.0022.00
Private study hours161.00
Total Contact hours39.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Indicative schedule for private study
Preparation for group sessions: 11 x 5 hrs = 55 hrs
Preparation for practical sessions: 6 x 10 hrs = 60 hrs
Reflection on concerts attended: 5 x 2 hrs = 10 hrs
Preparation for assessment: 36 hrs

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

At the start of the module, students must complete a learning contract confirming that they are responsible for the organisation of ensembles for the exam recital. Failure to do so means that the students cannot take the module.
Continuous feedback on practical work is provided through group sessions across both semesters, and in plenary feedback at the end of Semester 1.
Students practice their performance skills in group sessions.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PracticalConducting exam, 15-20 minutes100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Date, time and nature of any resit is by mutual arrangement between examiner, venue and the student. Staff accompanist may be provided for resits (e.g. to play orchestral reduction).

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:26:01


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