MUSC8088 - Musical Direction 2

Title:Musical Direction 2
Long Title:Musical Direction 2
Module Code:MUSC8088
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Music & Performing Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: AIVEEN KEARNEY
Module Author: David Hayes
Module Description: This module deals with Musical Direction in a large ensemble context (note: ensemble consisting of greater than ten players). The student engages with organizing, rehearsing, conducting and leading a concert featuring a large ensemble. The performance will include a pre-existing score as well as music arranged by the student. Additionally, the student is presented with the challenge of arranging and conducting a short passage of specified music at short notice (a "sting").
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Show an awareness of and respond to the practical considerations encountered when leading a large ensemble
LO2 Prepare arrangements of approved music for large ensemble
LO3 Respond appropriately in performance to feedback received on arrangements
LO4 Conduct and lead a performance featuring original arrangements and a pre-existing score
LO5 Arrange, rehearse, conduct and perform short arrangements for large ensemble specified at short notice
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).

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
Continuous assessment
Each individual student is monitored on a weekly basis. The continuous assessment mark is comprised of attendance, preparedness for and contribution to the weekly class
An exploration of the techniques needed to organize, rehearse and conduct a large ensemble, including a pre-existing score. The student will operate as a conducter and not as a player in the ensemble
Preparation of arrangements for large ensemble
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Continuous assessment as detailed in the continuous assessment 1,2,3,4,5 20.0 Every Week
Performance Evaluation Performance of arrangements and an extract of a pre-existing score 3,4,5 60.0 Sem End
Project Submission of arrangements 2 10.0 Week 8
Oral Examination/Interview Interview on practical considerations of leading a large ensemble 1 10.0 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
Lecture Musical Direction 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) No Description 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

Supplementary Book Resources
  • Anthony Maiello, Jack Bullock 1996, Conducting - A Hands-On Approach, Alfred Publishing [ISBN: 978-1576234532]
  • Frank Battisti 2007, On Becoming a Conductor: Lessons and Meditations on the Art of Conducting, Meredith Music [ISBN: 978-1574630862]
  • Gustav Meier 2009, The Score, the Orchestra, and the Conductor, Oxford University Press USA [ISBN: 978-0195326369]
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 8 Elective