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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - MUG6309
Tracking Number - 4917

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2015-04-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: For Instrum. Cond Conc. to Chair. Objs need revision; emailed 5/20/14, 9/19/14. Updated. Back to Chair for ok. bj/LO still not in correct format. Updated 12/9/14. GC appd 2/10/15. To USF Sys 2/27/15. chg hours from 3 to 2 (5/18/15). Appd effective 4/1/15

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2014-01-15
  2. Department: Music
  3. College: FA
  4. Budget Account Number: 240200-10000
  5. Contact Person: John C. Carmichael
  6. Phone: 2707915056
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: MUG
  9. Number: 6309
  10. Full Title: Advanced Orchestral Conducting, I
  11. Credit Hours: 2
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?: N
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Advanced Orch. Conducting, I
  19. Course Online?: B - Face-to-face and online (separate sections)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: none
  23. Corequisites: none
  24. Course Description: Introduction to graduate-level advanced orchestral conducting techniques, including score study and rehearsal techniques, with an emphasis on classroom applications.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This course is designed to replace instruction delivered via a Selected Topics format. It allows students to concentrate in orchestral conducting with a discernible course title.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 3 or more times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Ten years of advanced wind or orchestral level conducting experience.
  29. Objectives: Objectives

    1. to learn about the history and important personalities in the conducting profession.

    2. to learn how to develop methods of self-evaluation for improvement of conducting techniques.

    3. to develop score study techniques and skills.

    4. to learn important compositions from the orchestral repertoire

  30. Learning Outcomes: Learning Outcomes

    Students will

    1. be able to effectively study and prepare multiple musical scores

    2. be able to develop a self-evaluation methodology for improvement of conducting techniques

    3. be able to identify important historical personalities in the conducting profession

    4. be able to report accurately on the history and development of conducting

  31. Major Topics: Major Topics

    History of Conducting

    Review of historical figures

    Conducting of several scores including:

    Symphony No. 1 in C Major by Ludwig von Beethoven

    Symphony No. 9 by Antonin Dvorak

    Serenade for Strings, Op.48 by Peter I. Tchaikovsky

    Score selections may vary as per instructional need

    Self-evaluation techniques

    Beatless (Expresso) Conducting

  32. Textbooks: Advanced Orchestral Conducting, William Wiedrich. Tampa, FL: ProCopy, 2013
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Green, Elizabeth. The Modern Conductor, (any later edition). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1996.

    Green, Elizabeth and Nicolai Malko. The Conductor and His Score. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1975.

    Rudolf, Max. The Grammar of Conducting, 3rd ed. New York: Schirmer Books, 1994.

  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: The final grade for this course will be derived from the completion of several weighted tasks as follows:

    1. Completion of daily and weekly assignments (and attendance): 30%

    2. Score preparations and performance: 50%

    3. Final project: 20%

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: FINAL PROJECT: This is an assignment agreed upon between the student and the instructor that will resemble a research project on a topic of concern for conductors. Through this project, the student should become more competent in a more focused area, while at the same time developing their writing and presentation skills. Several possible topics/projects might be:

    1. An annotated conducting bibliography what are the most valuable books to the


    2. Recent studies in the area of conducting a compilation.

    3. Conducting intensity: What does the research tell us?

    4. Historical aspects regarding the development of the art of conducting.

    5. Women in conducting

    6. An error-detection project

    7. An analysis of three significant, modern day conductors. Compare and contrast.

    All projects will be presented to the instructor in a standard, university-approved form (word processed, double spaced, proper margins, etc.) that will include a title page. It will not be returned. You must make a copy for yourself. Copies of the written portion must be provided for your classmates. The final class will consist of project presentations.

  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    Attendance at all class sessions is required. Daily participation will be reflected in your final evaluation. Any deviation from the above policy must be negotiated with the instructor (beforehand).

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: In the event of an excused absence, the student will be allowed to make up work at the instructor's discretion.

    Student work may be checked using plagiarism detection software. See Academic Dishonesty, Plagiarism, Cheating, and Other Types of Academic Dishonesty in University Catalog.

  38. Program This Course Supports: Masters in Music with a Concentration in Instrumental Conducting
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Masters Degree in Music Education

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