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Module WXP-3249:

Module Facts

Run by School of Music, Drama and Performance

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Prof Chris Collins

Overall aims and purpose

  1. To teach students the technical, musical and psychological skills of conducting.
  2. To give students an opportunity to obtain practical experience of conducting.
  3. To build on performance and communication skills already acquired.
  4. To provide specific skills for third-year students about to embark on careers involving conducting.

Course content

This module will equip students with the essential skills for conducting and rehearsing, and related musical and organisational skills. Work will be mostly practical and will include study of gesture, beating time, the detailed preparation of a score, rehearsal technique, and psychological skills required by a conductor.

Assessment Criteria


D- Work which demonstrates a limited knowledge of the subject, with restricted ability at conceptual thought, little evidence of a truly intellectual approach, but nevertheless expressed understandably.


B- Work which demonstrates a competent grasp of the subject, with good conceptual thought, evidence of intellectual acumen, and expressed clearly and interestingly.


A Work which demonstrates a thorough grasp of the subject, with evidence of further study and deeper conceptual thought, with some originality of approach and/or insight, and expressed coherently and convincingly.

Learning outcomes

  1. On completion of the module, a student should be able to employ the technical skills required for conducting.

  2. On completion of the module, a student should be able to plan and direct a successful rehearsal.

  3. On completion of the module, a student should be able to make appropriate interpretative decisions.

  4. On completion of the module, a student should be able to convey interpretative decisions through gesture and oral communication.

  5. On completion of the module, a student should be able to demonstrate a theoretical and critical understanding of the role of the conductor.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight

You must demonstrate fulfillment of the following Learning Outcome: "demonstrate a theoretical and critical understanding of the role of the conductor" and you must also demonstrate fulfillment of at least two of the remaining Learning Outcomes.


Teaching and Learning Strategy


One session of 2-3 hours per week for 11 weeks.

Private study 67

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
  • Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in

Subject specific skills

  • Musicianship skills – recognition, classification, contextualisation, reconstruction, exploration
  • Re-creative skills – interpretation, innovation, versatility, and other skills relating to performance
  • Creative skills – conception, elaboration, adaptation, presentation, collaboration, preservation
  • Intellectual skills specific to Music – contextual knowledge, cultural awareness, critical understanding, repertoire knowledge, curiosity, analytical demonstration
  • Technological skills – digital capture, digital expression, digital innovation
  • Intellectual skills shared with other disciplines – research and exploration, reasoning and logic, understanding, critical judgement, assimilation and application
  • Skills of communication and interaction – oral and written communication, public presentation, team-working and collaboration, awareness of professional protocols, sensitivity, ICT skills, etc.
  • Skills of personal management – self-motivation, self-critical awareness, independence, entrepreneurship and employment skills, time management and reliability, organisation, etc.
  • Enhanced powers of imagination and creativity (4.17)


Courses including this module

Optional in courses: