A practical course focussing on the building of a clear and reliable conducting technique, with the opportunity to conduct a volunteers orchestra. This course runs for 9 weeks, with two sessions per week: one theory session on Fridays 18:00-20:00 and one practical session on Saturdays 10:30-13:30. .
Learning the use of the body in conducting. Learning and practicing the main, subdivided and irregular beat patterns; learning to mark up scores. You will be conducting the orchestra during the term. You will need to follow and contribute to discussions in English. Music Study can include the use of digital resources such as listening to recordings, watching videos online, using appropriate mobile applications and following Moodle -Morley's virtual learning environment- to enhance your learning inside and outside the classroom. Music study also offers a range of benefits including being an enjoyable way to enhance wellbeing. Music practice at Morley can also serve to enhance skills relevant for employment including developing creativity, developing high-concentration levels, building self-confidence, working to deadlines, being able to control nerves and working as part of a team.
Good knowledge of music notation and standard musical terms and symbology Good understanding of clefs and transposition Ability to follow an orchestral score. Good basic knowledge of harmony.
Conducting is a very physical activity requiring quick score-reading abilities and bodily coordination. Excellent attendance and punctuality is required from all students. This course requires study/completion of activities outside of class time. Orchestral sessions this term will be all-day workshops on 4 and 11 October, and 15 and 22 November.
Orchestral Conducting runs throughout the academic year. You may also be interested in any advanced conducting courses or summer schools; working with orchestras and bands. You may also be interested in any composition course Morley College offers, such as 'Composition Workshop' and 'Orchestration and Arranging '. Morley College also offers instrumental courses from beginners to advanced. You tutor will advise you individually.