Orchestral Conducting

Master of Music

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Curriculum

Conducting, M.M. Master of Music

      1. Theory and Analysis
      2. Ear Training I, II, III, IV
      3. Piano I, II
      4. Music History
      5. Orchestration
    • Major Studies*
      • OCNMU 000 — Orchestral Conducting
        Fall and Spring Faculty

        All Music students receive 15 one-hour private lessons each semester.

      • 0 credits
        PFENS L531-2 — Conductors' Lab Orchestra
        0 credits Fall and Spring David Robertson & Guest Faculty

        Lab Orchestra provides a weekly workshop for Orchestral Conducting majors to study the standard orchestral literature under the supervision of Alan Gilbert, director of conducting and orchestral studies, and guest faculty. Public performances in Alice Tully Hall on Juilliard's Wednesdays at One series. Orchestral personnel are paid through the work-study program; services do not satisfy Orchestra credit. Assignment is made by the Lab Orchestra manager. Required of Conducting majors.

      • 0 credit
        GRMUS R600 — Conductors' Forum
        0 credit Full Year David Robertson and Guest Conductors

        Conductors' Forum is an opportunity for Conducting majors to engage in conversation with Alan Gilbert and guest conductors, following observation of their rehearsals with orchestras on the Lincoln Center campus. Conducting majors only.

      • 2 credits
        GRMUS R621 — Principles of Conducting
        2 credits Fall David Robertson & Guest Faculty

        This course covers the wide range of techniques and expertise that a conductor must acquire for a successful career: the physicality of the craft (basic gestures and baton technique); in-depth knowledge of the instrument groups and their requirements (such as bowing for strings); and musical considerations, such as phrasing, and the strategic use of rehearsal time. Conducting exercises include one-line, two-line, and recitative; repertoire selected to illustrate specific challenges. Studies incorporated into the student's major lesson and Lab Orchestra time. Assigned readings and presentations. Weekly discussions. Visits to orchestra libraries and archives. Conducting majors only.

      • 2 credits
        GRMUS R622 — Conducting Seminar
        2 credits Spring David Robertson & Guest Faculty

        This course builds upon the technical studies of the first semester by exploring selected orchestral repertoire in rehearsal and performance. Studies incorporated into the student's major lesson and Lab Orchestra time. Assigned readings and presentations. Weekly discussions. Conducting majors only.

    • Specialized Studies*
      • 4 credits
        KSMUS 611-2 — Advanced Piano and Score Reading
        4 credits Full Year Noam Sivan

        Advanced Piano and Score Reading is a four-semester sequence tailored to the individual conductor's needs. The course is designed with two main objectives: to train conductors in the arts of piano playing and accompaniment, and to refine their skills in orchestral score reading at the keyboard. Conducting majors only.

    • Graduate Courses*
      • 2 credits
        GRMUS T623 — Advanced Counterpoint: Compositional Counterpoint and the Organic Line
        2 credits Fall Philip Lasser

        An intensive course devoted to studying the contrapuntal nature of music. Counterpoint is treated here not as a historical, style-based study, but rather as a fundamental controlling force in the syntax of Western music. The class will cover all the species in two, three, and four voices as well as explore works from Bach to today using unique contrapuntal tools for analysis. The class is designed as a rigorous seminar with weekly written assignments. Required of all undergraduate Composition majors and master's Conducting majors. Open to advanced students in other majors.​

    Total Credits 1st Year: 28

    • Major Studies*
      • OCNMU 000 — Orchestral Conducting
        Fall and Spring Faculty

        All Music students receive 15 one-hour private lessons each semester.

      • 0 credits
        PFENS L531-2 — Conductors' Lab Orchestra
        0 credits Fall and Spring David Robertson & Guest Faculty

        Lab Orchestra provides a weekly workshop for Orchestral Conducting majors to study the standard orchestral literature under the supervision of Alan Gilbert, director of conducting and orchestral studies, and guest faculty. Public performances in Alice Tully Hall on Juilliard's Wednesdays at One series. Orchestral personnel are paid through the work-study program; services do not satisfy Orchestra credit. Assignment is made by the Lab Orchestra manager. Required of Conducting majors.

      • 0 credit
        GRMUS R600 — Conductors' Forum
        0 credit Full Year David Robertson and Guest Conductors

        Conductors' Forum is an opportunity for Conducting majors to engage in conversation with Alan Gilbert and guest conductors, following observation of their rehearsals with orchestras on the Lincoln Center campus. Conducting majors only.

      • 4 credits
        GRMUS R721-2 — Conducting Seminar
        4 credits Full Year David Robertson & Guest Faculty

        An advanced seminar building upon the technical studies of the first year and exploring selected orchestral repertoire in rehearsal and performance. Studies incorporated into the student's major lesson and Lab Orchestra time. Assigned readings and presentations. Weekly discussions. Conducting majors only.

    • Specialized Studies*
      • 4 credits
        KSMUS 611-2 — Advanced Piano and Score Reading
        4 credits Full Year Noam Sivan

        Advanced Piano and Score Reading is a four-semester sequence tailored to the individual conductor's needs. The course is designed with two main objectives: to train conductors in the arts of piano playing and accompaniment, and to refine their skills in orchestral score reading at the keyboard. Conducting majors only.

    • Graduate Courses*

    Total Credits 2nd Year: 26

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