MUS 214 Basic Conducting (Not offered 2004-2005)

This course will introduce and develop a broad range of skills associated with conducting. Primarily focusing on score reading and baton technique, the course will include exercises in sightsinging, vocal/instrumental skills, musicological pursuits, rehearsal techniques, auditing Berkshire Symphony, Concert Choir, and Symphonic Winds rehearsals, aural training, and organizational skills. Weekly conducting and score reading assignments will form the core of the work load. Larger projects may involve conducting existing ensembles (vocal and/or instrumental) and along with score reading will be the basis of the midterm and final exams. This course involves a trip to audit a Boston Symphony rehearsal at Symphony Hall. Prerequisites: permission of the instructor.