Singapore University of Social Sciences


Conducting (BMU301)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Education

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


Learn the fundamental cognitive, kinaesthetic and aesthetic conducting skills necessary to lead a band, choir, orchestra, or any other music ensemble. Topics include conducting patterns and baton technique, score analysis and preparation, rehearsal techniques, and basic nomenclature. Students are strongly advised to revise and strengthen their sight-reading of music scores before embarking on this course. They also need to be prepared to come back for the practical assessment which is held outside of the 6 week sessions.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • Introduction: Course overview; history of conducting; roles, qualities, skills required of a conductor; Technique: posture; magnetism; vertical and horizontal planes; the preparatory beat (upbeat), the ictus, the rebound, the release (“cut-off”); impulse of will
  • Basic Baton Techniques: Holding a baton, conducting without a baton; beat patterns: conducting in four, two, three, six, one; independence of left and right hands; showing dynamics / phrasing with the LH
  • Conducting dynamics and phrases: Expansion / contraction of beat patterns for dynamics / phrasal shaping; conducting articulations
  • Expressive Conducting: Use of left hand; facial expression
  • Advanced Techniques: Gesture of syncopation; conducting asymmetrical meters; conducting hypermeter, handling fermatas
  • Score Study and Rehearsal Techniques

Learning Outcome

  • Prepare rehearsal strategies for leading a music performance group.
  • Analyze basic choral and instrumental music scores.
  • Apply appropriate conducting gestures for the music performance.
  • Demonstrate clear conducting patterns in multiple meters.
  • Conduct a choir with and without a baton.
  • Execute gestures for music-specific nomenclature.
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