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MUSC8083 - Musical Direction 1

Title:Musical Direction 1
Long Title:Musical Direction 1
Module Code:MUSC8083
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2018/19 ( September 2018 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Next Review Date: March 2023
Module Coordinator: Deirdre Collins
Module Author: David Hayes
Module Description: This module examines the practical considerations of musical direction in a popular music environment with focus placed on leadership. The student arranges music for a small ensemble and after feedback from the initial submission organizes, rehearses then performs the music in a live context. Aspects of conducting as they relate to popular music performance are also examined.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Show awareness of and respond to the practical considerations encountered when leading a small ensemble
LO2 Prepare arrangements of approved music for rhythm section and small ensemble (horns and/or strings)
LO3 Respond appropriately in performance to feedback received on arrangements
LO4 Direct and lead the arrangements in a live performance situation
LO5 Display appropriate conducting and leadership skills throughout the performance
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

12904 MUSC8078 Arranging 2
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The performance of submitted arrangements, implementing as appropriate any feedback received on the submission. The student's ability to lead the performance in a musically coherent fashion is examined.
Practical considerations
An exploration of the day-to-day practical considerations of an MD, such as hiring of musicians, stylistic appropriateness and complexity of the music, rehearsal technique, technical considerations such as PA, utilization of MIDI and/or tracks, lighting and preparation of venue etc
An exploration of the modern-day conducting techniques utilized by MDs operating in a popular music milieu
Continuous assessment
Each individual student in monitored on a weekly basis. The continuous assessment mark is comprised of attendance, preparedness for and contribution to the weekly class.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Performance Evaluation Continuous assessment of preparation/performance of class tasks. 1,2,3,4,5 80.0 Every Week
Oral Examination/Interview Interview on practical considerations of leading an ensemble 1 20.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) Musical Direction session 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Examine Conducting styles, Score Reading, Critical Analysis of Audio, Develop relevant vocabulary for Direction of artist or ensemble. 6.0 Every Week 6.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Joseph A. Labuta 2009, Basic Conducting Techniques, 6th Ed., Prentice Hall Upper Saddle River [N.J.] [ISBN: 978-0136011934]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Elizabeth A. H. Green, Mark Gibson 2004, The Modern Conductor, 7th Ed., Pearson Prentice Hall Upper Saddle River, N.J. [ISBN: 978-0131826564]
  • John E. Williamson, Kenneth L. Neidig (Editor) 2007, Rehearsing the Band, 1st Ed., Meredith Music Publications [ISBN: 978-1574630930]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_GPOPM_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Popular Music 7 Elective

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