Band Direction

Subject MUSI90015 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

April, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 23-Apr-2016 to 15-May-2016
Assessment Period End 19-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 27-Apr-2016
Census Date 06-May-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 27-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 9:00am - 4:00pm on 23 - 24 August and 30 - 31 August.
Total Time Commitment: Not available




Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting the requirements of this course are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Mr Ian Godfrey


Ian Godfrey

Subject Overview:

This course is designed to provide instruction in the vital aspects of the band director's role. It is a course in which most benefit is gained by careful study of preparatory materials, active participation in class, and individual work and practice. Instruction will include the essentials of repertoire selection, score study and rehearsal preparation, principles of conducting gesture, rehearsal techniques, and related issues for the band director. An ensemble will be available for students to conduct, to ensure that the practical application of the study is understood.

This subject can be taken as a single subject via the Community Access Program, or for credit towards the Master of Music Studies degree. Further information regarding the Community Access Program and Application forms can be accessed via this website -

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
* Choose appropriate repertoire and formulate an effective concert program;
* Understand and execute effective score analysis and study methods;
* Understand the key principles of conducting gesture and non-verbal communication; as applied to conducting and be able to demonstrate these in practice;
* Rehearse and conduct an instrumental ensemble with competence and conviction;
* Understand the requirements and strategies for ongoing improvement and development as a conductor.


Attendance and active participation (40%); Score analysis project (20%); In-class conducting practica (30%); Repertoire listening (10%).

Less than 80% attendance will result in a fail. All components of the assessment must be passed in order to gain a pass in the subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Readings will be available online through the LMS before the commencement of the subject.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should be able to:
• demonstrate skills in cooperation, communication and negotiation that allow for effective working in teams;
• apply time and people management skills to rehearsal and performance planning;
• demonstrate skills in cooperation, communication and negotiation that allow for effective working in teams;
• demonstrate a capacity to think critically and independently;
• make informed critical responses to academic discourse on music and migration, music and identity, and musical hybridity; and
• demonstrate an informed and critical awareness of issues related to musical diversity.

Related Course(s): Master of Music Studies
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Instrumental Specialisation (MC-MUSPT)
Studio Specialisation (MC-MUSPT)

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