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Instructor Jean R Perrault
Time 10:00 - 10:50am (TTh)
Location Singer Hall - WMH206
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:
Labuta, Joseph A. - Matthews, Wendy K. Basic Conducting Techniques. (Routledge, New York 2018)

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)

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


A. Tests/quizzes and written assignments: (25% of grade)
Tests/quizzes, written critiques of conducting, and written assignments will be administered during the semester. Subjects may include transpositions, clefs, foreign terms, as well as other subjects as covered in class
B. Midterm Exam - Thursday October 17, 2019: (25% of grade)
Conducting of Exercise #1 (Simple Mixed patterns)
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 Exercise #2 (Complex Mixed-Pattern)
Conduct the MU3705 Class Ensemble (December 5, 2019). Turn in final project by last day of class (December 6, 2019).

Course Grading and Evaluation:
Every student will be evaluated at every class. Attendance to all classes is mandatory. Legitimate and verifiable circumstances that lead to excused student absence from the classroom can be found on the UMD website at Excessive absences will jeopardize the passing of the course. Grades will be lowered half a percentage point (0.5%) 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:

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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.

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