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MU 2701 Fundamentals of Conducting
Course Syllabus - Spring 2008 

Instructor:  Jean R. Perrault (
Class Time:   Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 – 10:50am        Weber 206
Office:  Humanities 232 (Office hours as posted)
Telephone:  (218) 726-8215

Catalog Description
Beginning instruction in leading musical ensembles: meter patterns, conventional gestures, instrumental transposition, and choral techniques. 

Required Text Book
Kenneth H. Phillips, Basic Techniques of Conducting (second edition), Oxford Press, New York, 1997 

Textbooks in Humanities 170 (Music Resource Library)
Gunther Schuller, The Compleat Conductor (first edition), Oxford University Press, New York, 1997
Rudolf, Max, The Grammar of Conducting (third edition), New York: Schirmer Books, 1994
Aaron Copland, What to listen for in Music (second edition) New York: Penguin Books, 1988

Course Objective
Upon attending all scheduled classes, students will

Required Materials

Attendance Policy
Attendance to all scheduled classes is mandatory. All requests for an excused absence must be made in advance via Email and will be granted/approved at the discretion of the instructor. Excessive tardiness will not be tolerated and will be marked as absent. Students should expect every unexcused absence and tardiness to affect their final grades. Frequent unexcused absences and tardiness will jeopardize the passing of this course.

Grading Procedure
Evaluation is based on the student’s knowledge of material, tests, assignments, participation in and  preparation of related activities, and class attendance.

Assignments (10% each) 30% total
Conducting (March 8, 10 am)
Written Exam (March 10, 10am)
Final Exams
Conducting (May 5, 10am)
Written Exam (May 12, 12-2pm)
Quiz, Attendance & Class Participation 10%

Students with disabilities
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