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Unit Overview


This unit focuses on developing conducting skills with a specific focus upon instrumental music, collaborative interpretation and communication of musical ideas, and rehearsal techniques for different music ensembles. These skills are developed through the study, preparation and performance of selected music repertoire, and practical workshops in conducting skills. Students undertake musical score study, and engage with various theoretical frameworks and source readings in performance practices and rehearsal techniques.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Music Studies; Music General Studies; Music major sequences
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate effective musical leadership skills and techniques in a range of performance settings; (2) apply performance practices for studied repertoire to conducted ensemble performance; (3) demonstrate an understanding of psychological processes underlying communicative gesture in musical ensembles; (4) contribute to the development of a collaborative musical interpretation; (5) demonstrate leadership techniques and outcomes as a conductor; and (6) contribute towards a peer-reflection process involving the student's own work and that of other students.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) performance assessments and (2) written reflective essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Prof Alan Lourens
Unit rules
any Level 2 MUSC unit
enrolled in the Bachelor of Music
Or enrolled in the Music Studies major
Or enrolled in the Music General Studies major
Advisable prior study
MUSC2541 Principal Studies 3 (ID 1164) MUSC2542 Principal Studies 4 (ID 1180) MUSC2741 Practical Studies C (ID 6784)
Contact hours
24 hours (typically comprising a 2-hour conducting workshop per week)
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.