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Instructor Jean R Perrault
Time 11:00 - 11:50am (TTh)
Location Humanities 150
Office Hours As Posted


Preparation of students for conducting instrumental ensembles at the public school level.


A. To review the basic beat patterns.
B. To develop an understanding of advanced and mixed patterns.
C. To develop basic skills in the area of transposed and clef reading.
D. To review foreign terms.
E. To acquaint prospective instrumental teachers with the skill of score reading.
F. To develop basic skills in the area of musical and expressive gestures.
G. To develop the skill of the left hand.
H. To develop the skill of indicating fermatas.
I. To develop skills in rehearsal technique and pacing.


A. Conducting to recordings.
B. Conducting the class.
C. Conducting existing organizations.
D. Observations of various rehearsals.
E. Videotaping.
F. Reading outside the required text.
G. Studying of repertoire


Required Text:
Maiello, Anthony. Conducting Nuances: Little Things Mean A Lot. (GIA Publications,Inc. Chicago, IL, 2007)

Supplemental Text:
Maiello, Anthony. Conducting: a Hands-on Approach. (Alfred Publishing Company, Inc., 1996)
Phillips, Kenneth. Basic Techniques of Conducting (Oxford University Press, 1997)
Green, Elizabeth. The Modern Conductor. (Upper Saddel River, Prentice Hall, 1997)
Rudolf, Max. The Grammer of Conducting. (New Your, Schirmer Books)
Labuta, Joseph A. Basic Conducting Techniques. (Englewood Cliffs, Prentice Hall, 1995)

Required Materials:
Baton, Access to AUDIO/VISUAL Equipment, Manuscript Paper, Pencil(s)


A. Tests/quizzes and written assignments: (25% of grade)
Tests/quizzes and written assignments will be administered during the semester. Subjects will include transpositions, clefs, foreign terms, written critiques of conducting as well as other subjects discussed in class. Midterm exam is scheduled on March 12, 2015.
B. Written Self-Evaluations: (25% of grade)
Based on in-class video sessions
C. Attendance: (15% of grade)
D. Class participation: (10% of grade)
All students are expected to be prepared for all classes and to actively participate in class discussions.
E. Final Exam: (25% of grade)
Conduct the Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, or Symphony Orchestra. Turn in final project by last day of class (May 7, 2015).

Course Grading and Evaluation:
Every student will be evaluated at every class. Attendance to all rehearsals is mandatory. Legitimate and verifiable circumstances that lead to excused student absence from the classroom can be found on the UMD website at Half of the grade will be based on the ability to show-up at the scheduled times and places. Excessive absences will jeopardize the passing of the course. Grades will be lowered a full letter for every unexcused absence.

University grading scale:

A = 93.0% A- = 90.0%
B+ = 87.0% B = 83.0%
B- = 80.0% C+ = 77.0%
C = 73.0% C- = 70.0%
D+ = 67.0% D = 63.0%
F = below 60.0%

Student Conduct Code:
Appropriate classroom conduct promotes an environment of academic achievement and integrity. Disruptive classroom behavior that substantially or repeatedly interrupts either the instructor's ability to teach, or student learning, is prohibited. More information can be found on the Board of Regents website:

Teaching & Learning: Instructor and Student Responsibilities
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Healthy performance habits
In order to maintain healthy playing habits, students should arrive at a rehearsal with ample time to properly warm-up, to avoid Neuromusuloskeletal disorders and other physical injuries. Periodic stretching and breaks will be built into the rehearsal schedule. For a more complete list of activities that increase healthy habits, please visit the NASM website at

Students with disabilities
It is the policy and practice of the University of Minnesota Duluth to create inclusive learning environments for all students, including students with disabilities. If there are aspects of this course that result in barriers to your inclusion or your ability to meet course requirements - such as time limited exams, inaccessible web content, or the use of non-captioned videos - please notify the instructor as soon as possible. You are also encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Resources to discuss and arrange reasonable accommodations. Please call 218-726-6130 or visit the DR website at for more information.

Academic dishonesty tarnishes UMD's reputation and discredits the accomplishments of students. UMD is committed to providing students every possible opportunity to grow in mind and spirit. This commitment can only be fulfilled in an environment of trust, honesty, fairness, respect, and responsibility. As a result, academic dishonesty is regarded as a serious offense by all members of the academic community. All faculty, staff, and students are expected to maintain the highest levels of academic integrity. More information regarding the student academic conduct code can be found at This policy sanctions students engaging in academic dishonesty with penalties up to and including expulsion from the university for repeat offenders.

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