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MUSIC 4OI3 Adv Conducting: Instrumental (C01)

Academic Year: Winter 2019

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Joseph Resendes

Email: resende@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 405A

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23676

Website

Office Hours: by appointment only



Course Objectives:

Objectives:

               a) to refine and develop baton technique.

               b) to address the issues of score preparation and rehearsal technique.

Topics:

  1. Baton Technique:  clarity and style, odd meters, changing meters and tempi, sub-division.
  2. Score Preparation:  analysis, marking, interpretation.
  3. Left and Right hand co-ordination and independence
  4. Background:  facial and bodily gesture
  5. Rehearsal technique


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Required Text:

  • Battisti, Frank L., and Robert J. Garofalo. Guide to score study for the wind band conductor. Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Meredith Music Publications, 1990. (amazon.com)
     

Recommended Scores:

Note: do not purchase before consulting with Prof. Resendes

  • Suite in Eb (No. 1) for Military Band by Gustav Holst
  • Symphony No. 8 by Franz Schubert
  • Mozart Serenade No. 10 in Bb K361

 

Supplementary Reference & Reading (optional): 

  • Phillips, Kenneth H. Basic techniques of conducting. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.
  • Labuta, Joseph A., and Wendy K. Matthews. Basic conducting techniques. New York London: Routledge, 2018.
  • Green, Elizabeth A., Mark Gibson, and Nicolai Malko. The modern conductor. Upper Saddle River, N.J: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2004.

 

REQUIRED MATERIALS:

  • Pencil
  • Erasable coloured pencils
  • Device for recording in-class conducting
  • Music stand
  • Metronome for personal practice
  • Three-ring binder for organizing class notes, materials, and scores
  • Instrument (primary or secondary instrument depending on the class instrumentation)
  • Baton – do not purchase before consulting with Prof. Resendes


Method of Assessment:

This course will run primarily as a lab.  Members of the class can expect to conduct almost every week.  Those who prepare thoroughly and attend each class will benefit the most from this hands-on course. Because it is intended that each participant develop a range of gestures that are flexible, creative and applicable to many musical situations, it is expected that you video-record all in-class conducting for purposed of completing self-reflections throughout the term. It is also expected that for ALL conducting assignments, you are working from a marked score.

 

50%    Conducting Practicum
Musical examples will be introduced in class. You will conduct weekly throughout the course of the term and will be evaluated on your in-class work as well as on formal practicum experiences. Comments and a grade for each conducting exercise will be posted in Avenue to Learn following each in-class conducting assignment.

Breakdown:

  • Weekly in-class conducting, repertoire preparation, and score study assignments: 15%
  • Conducting Practicum #1: 10%
  • Conducting Practicum #2: 15%
  • Lab Ensemble Conducting, Preparation, participation: 10%

N.B. Any in-class conducting assignment that is missed without prior consultation with the instructor will be penalized 20% up until the following class, after which the assignment will no longer be able to be completed.

 

15%    Conducting Assignments, Tests, & Quizzes
Weekly assignments will focus on the development of critical listening skills, error detection, score reading, score marking & preparation, transposition, rehearsal planning, and concert programming. 

  • 10 Assignments/Quizzes x 1.5% each

 

15%    Self Reflections
You will be required to complete and submit self-evaluations and a final reflection within one week of each conducting lab. Please submit your self-evaluation in the appropriate ATL dropbox.  It is expected that you record video of ALL your conducting sessions and use these recordings as a basis for your self-evaluations.

  • 10 Self Reflections x 1.5% each

N.B. Self-evaluations will not be accepted beyond the one-week time frame.

 

15%    Score Study Project
Students will analyze a complete score or single movement by identifying its harmonic content, form, texture, phrasing, melodic structure, rhythmic structure, and other expressive elements.  Students will submit a marked score, and accompany the project with appropriate flow charts and other supportive materials as required.  A detailed guideline for this project will be provided in class.

N.B. Late written assignment  will be penalized 20% up until the following class, after which the assignment will no longer be able to be completed.

 

5%     Attendance & Participation
All students are expected to actively participate in class/labs, whether in singing, playing or discussing.

 

Note:  In accordance with McMaster policy, students will receive 20% of their grade in this course by March 15th, 2019.


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

  • Any in-class conducting assignment that is missed without prior consultation with the instructor will be penalized 20% up until the following class, after which the assignment will no longer be able to be completed.
     
  • N.B. Self-evaluations will not be accepted beyond the one-week time frame.
     
  • Late Written Assignments will be penalized 20% up to five days, after which the assignment will not be accepted.

 


Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.


Topics and Readings:

Week 1

January 7

 

Introductions: Course Outline, Textbook/Readings, Conducting Lab Schedule, Choosing a Baton

 

9

 

Review:

  • Baton, Stance, Posture, Preparation, Downbeats & Release, conducting plane
  • Patterns (4/4, 3/4, 2/4, 5/4, 6/8, 9/8, 12/8)
  • Independence of right and left hands (Malko, exercises)

 

11

Class

Cont’d / Special Topics

Week 2

14

Assignment #1 Due

Fundamentals Continued…

  • Impulse of Will
  • Beat Patterns, Preps, Tempo, Dynamic, Style, Articulations
  • Independence of right and left hands (Malko, exercises)

 

16

 

Cont’d / Special Topics

 

18

LAB #1

LAB ENSEMBLE REHEARSAL 1

Week 3

21

Assignment #2 &
Self Reflection #1 Due

  • Two, One, Six, Five, and Subdivided Beats
  • Independence of right and left hands (Malko, exercises)

 

23

 

Cont’d / Special Topics

 

25

LAB #2

LAB ENSEMBLE REHEARSAL 2

Week 4

28

Assignment #3 &
Self Reflection #2 Due

Exploring Parameters of Body & Space:

  • Developing Expression in your gestures
  • Line of connection, interplay of time, Refinement of active and passive gestures, after-the-beat responses
  • Independence of right and left hands (Malko, exercises)

 

30

 

Motion and Emotion: Direction, Design, Velocity and Weight, Nonverbal Cues

 

Improved Score Study Through Focused Listening 2

 

February 1

LAB #3

LAB ENSEMBLE REHEARSAL 3

Week 5

4

Assignment #4 &
Self Reflection #3 Due

Divided and Changing Meters, Fractional Beat Preps

Mixed, Symmetrical, Asymmetrical, Simple and Compound Meters (Excerpts)

 

 

6

 

Cont’d / Special Topics

Improved Score Study Through Focused Listening 3

 

8

LAB #4

LAB ENSEMBLE REHEARSAL 4

Week 6

11

Assignment #5 &
Self Reflection #4 Due

Beyond Two, Three, Four, and Six: Twentieth Century Innovations

  • Lopsided Time-Beating
  • Combining Pulses in slow or moderate tempos
  • Five, Seven, Nine, Twelves, Elevens
  • Conducting Accents and Cross / Irregular Accents

 

13

 

CONDUCTING PRACTICUM #1

 

15

LAB #5

LAB ENSEMBLE REHEARSAL 5

Week 7

18-22

 

MIDTERM RECESS

Week 8

25

Assignment #6 &
Self Reflection#5 Due

Melding Gestures, Creative Conducting, Technique to Music Making

 

27

 

Cont’d / Special Topics

Improved Score Study Through Focused Listening 5

 

March 1

LAB #6

LAB ENSEMBLE REHEARSAL 5

Week 9

4

Assignment #7 &
Self Reflection #6 Due

The Score

  • Understanding Formats, Clefs, Transposition
  • Orchestral vs Band, Contemporary, Graphic etc.

 

6

 

Rehearsal Preparation, Protocol, Communication, Interactionand Warm up

Improved Score Study Through Focused Listening 6

 

8

LAB #7

LAB ENSEMBLE REHEARSAL 7

Week 10

11

Assignment #8 &
Self Reflection #7 Due

Rehearsing the Music & Rehearsal Planning: Interaction, preparation, seating charts

 

13

 

Concert Programming & Planning

Improved Score Study Through Focused Listening 7

 

15

LAB #8

LAB ENSEMBLE REHEARSAL 8

Week 11

18

Assignment #9 &
Self Reflection #8 Due

Cont’d / Special Topics

 

20

 

Improved Score Study Through Focused Listening 8

 

22

LAB #9

LAB ENSEMBLE REHEARSAL 9

Week 12

25

Assignment #10 &
Self Reflection #9 Due

Cont’d / Special Topics

 

27

 

Improved Score Study Through Focused Listening 9

 

29

LAB #10

LAB ENSEMBLE REHEARSAL10

Week 13

April 1

Self Reflection #10 Due

CONDUCTING PRACTICUM #2

 

3

 

Building a Career in Conducting, Portfolio / Bio, Preparing for the audition.

 

5

LAB #11

LAB ENSEMBLE REHEARSAL11

Week 14

April 8

 

Cont’d / Special Topics

FINAL SCORE STUDY PROJECT DUE

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Lab Ensemble – students will each choose a score from a list provided to hone their craft.
  • Course Schedule is subject to change.  The course will be flexible to serve the needs of class members.  Students will be notified of any changes in advance.