Course D – Monica S. McGowan, Instructor

Conducting

Level 1 – Conducting I

Course Description

Course D1 – Conducting I examines the components of conducting, execution of metrical patterns and the means by which to communicate all the musical indicators contained in the score in a clear, concise and understandable manner.

In order to successfully pass this course as part of the certification curriculum, students must be able to:

  • Demonstrate correct posture and stance
  • Demonstrate baton technique
  • Conduct patterns of 4/4, common time, 3/4 and 2/4
  • Demonstrate a clear preparatory beat
  • Conduct music beginning on beat 1 and music beginning on beat 4
  • Demonstrate clear cut offs
  • Conduct patterns of 2/2 and 3/2
  • Conduct simple mixed meters of 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4
  • Indicate and maintain a steady pulse
  • Indicate dynamic changes with the use of the conducting hand
  • Indicate dynamic changes with the use of the non-conducting hand
  • Identify basic elements of the composition through score study
  • Research and present the background of the composition/arrangement and its composer/arranger
  • Demonstrate the ability to recognize incorrect or missing notes
  • Demonstrate how to conduct various musical and stylistic elements:  simple ritardando; simple fermata; simple cuing; legato and staccato.

Required Text

  • Handbell and Handchime Notation Guide, Dayton, OH: AGEHR Music, R101, © 2010

 Recommended Texts

  • The Modern Conductor, Elizabeth A. Green; Mark Gibson, Seventh Edition, Prentice Hall, © 2003
  • The Grammar of Conducting, A Comprehensive Guide to Baton Technique and Interpretation, Max Rudolf; Michael Green, Third Edition, Cengage Learning, © June 1995
  • The Conductor’s Gesture, James Jordan, GIA Publications, G-8096, © 2011

Level 2 – Conducting II

Course Description

Course D2 – Conducting II examines the components of conducting, execution of metrical patterns and the means by which to communicate all the musical indicators contained in the score in a clear, concise and understandable manner.

In order to successfully pass this course as part of the certification curriculum, students must be able to:

  • Demonstrate and conduct a variety of compound meters
  • Demonstrate and conduct simple mixed meters
  • Indicate and conduct various changes in tempo
  • Incorporate and convey the intentional use of the non-conducting hand to indicate the various musical elements of the selected composition(s)
  • Demonstrate various subdivisions of the beat
  • Demonstrate changes in conducting style to indicate the differences of legato to staccato and vice versa
  • Discuss the form of the composition and possess an understanding of its structure
  • Conduct significant portions of the score from memory – at a minimum the opening sequence/introduction and the last page of the selected musical example or composition

In addition to the specific requirements of Level 2, students must continue to demonstrate and successfully execute all of the components of Level 1.

Required Texts

  • Handbell and Handchime Notation Guide, Dayton, OH: AGEHR Music, R101, © 2010
  • Developing Conducting Skills for Directors of Handbell Choirs, Michael R. Keller, AGEHR R-200 (provided as a pdf with permission from the Handbell Musicians of America, Dayton, Ohio)

Recommended Texts

  • The Modern Conductor, Elizabeth A. Green; Mark Gibson, Seventh Edition, Prentice Hall, © 2003
  • The Grammar of Conducting, A Comprehensive Guide to Baton Technique and Interpretation, Max Rudolf; Michael Green, Third Edition, Cengage Learning, © June 1995
  • The Conductor’s Gesture, James Jordan, GIA Publications, G-8096, © 2011