Introduction to Conducting 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
102ZD1 Z 1 1 lecture hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 16 to 21 hours of self-study English, Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The student thoroughly learns the conducting patterns for various time signatures. He/she is able begin and end a piece, understands the principles of accelerando, ritardando, fermata, and is well-oriented within the score.

Mode of study

lecture, exercises

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course contents

Learning objectives:

The student will learn the basic principles of the conductor's profession. He/she will learn the schemes for timing, understand the meaning of gesture and learn to use it to express speed, dynamics, character, /e.g. legato, staccato, accent.

He/she will become familiar with the principles of score study, different types of score notation, transpositions, the possibilities of instrument placement in different types of orchestras, and the full range of possibilities for expressing one's own musical opinion. The teaching blends theoretical interpretation with practical exercises.

Thematic areas:

The origin and development of the conducting profession

Notation and reading of the score

Realisation of musical notation using manual technique

The course topics during both semesters are taught without a preferred order and according to individual agreement with the student

Recommended or required reading

Required bibliography:

W. A. Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor K550

A. Dvořák: Slavonic Dances op. 46

Recommended bibliography:

GROSBAYNE, Benjamin. Techniques of Modern Orchestral Conducting. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1956

MARPLE, Hugo. The Beginning Conductor. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1972.

McELHERAN, Brock. Conducting Technique for Beginners and Professionals. London: Oxford University Press, 1966.

SCHULLER, Gunther. The Compleat Conductor. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Assessment methods and criteria

Credit examination is awarded based on the result of an examination in which the student demonstrates the required minimal manual technique and knowledge of the subjects specified in the course annotation

The student's attendance at lectures must be at least 70 %.



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