What is the conductor doing up there on the stage? Is he having a conniption? Taking a nap? The orchestra doesn't seem to be looking at him, so how can he have any influence on the sound? And why is he the center of attention not only on stage but also in the media? For both musical laymen and professional musicians, these questions show that conducting is one of the most difficult and mysterious professions in the musical world. The conductor is given enormous authority over the musicians and how the music is played. This means his leadership skills must appear to engage rather than to enforce. This course will examine the art of conducting over the last 200 years. Students will also be taught the gestures used by conductors that are understood by every orchestra in the world. (Baton not included!) Lecture (plus questions); Listening to Music or Other Audio; Viewing Videos; Field Trips.
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