Orchestral Conducting

Master of Music

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Curriculum

Conducting, M.M. Master of Music

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  • 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 Alan Gilbert & 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 Alan Gilbert 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 Alan Gilbert & 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 Alan Gilbert & 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 Alan Gilbert & 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 Alan Gilbert 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 Alan Gilbert & 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*
    • GRMUS H600, T600 (as advised) 4 credits

Total Credits 2nd Year: 26

  • All studies for Conducting majors are adapted to the individual student's background and needs for professional development.

    Graduate Courses: Total must include two from Core Seminars in Music History and two from Core Seminars in Music Theory.

    The Music History Core requirement must include one of the following courses: GRMUS H603  , GRMUS H604  , GRMUS H605 (based upon placement exam results).

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