Summer School Conducting

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 3.00 – 4.15 pm
Esther Hargittai, Árpád Tóth, David Vinden, László Nemes

Conducting classes are offered at four levels as required and will be taught over four days. Students beginning this course on Monday will be expected to attend all four sessions. Details of each level are provided below. Samples of the music are provided not as course materials but as samples for each level. The music can be viewed or downloaded. Course materials will be emailed to delegates in advance of the course.

Conducting 1 (Beginners)
This course is for students who have never or rarely conducted before. It will be particularly suitable for class teachers and those wishing to start a primary choir or an adult choir for inexperienced singers.

  • Practical sessions in leading group singing with children with the aim of developing leading skills and ultimately improving performance
  • Learning basic conducting techniques:
    • posture
    • beating patterns
    • cues and cut-offs
    • entries on any beat of the bar
    • non-verbal communication
  • Conducting unison songs (à cappella and accompanied), simple two-part songs and simple canons

Conducting Level 1 Al Ha Har and Shalom
Conducting Level 1 Canons
Conducting Level 1 Songs

Conducting 2 (Post-Beginners)
This will consist of the following:

  • Conducting technique – starting, stopping, pauses, cues, crescendo/diminuendo
  • Left hand and right hand functions; independence of the hands
  • Beating patterns
  • Preparing a score and knowing it
  • Using a tuning fork rather than a piano – developing aural acuity

Conducting Level 2 Eriskay Love Lilt
Conducting Level 2 Kodaly The Shepherd 1928
Conducting Level 2 Lassus Domine Deus

Conducting 3 (Intermediate)
This will consist of the following:

  • Conducting technique – starting, stopping, pauses, cues, crescendo/ diminuendo in a more complex musical context
  • Left hand and right hand functions; independence of the hands in a more complex musical context
  • More complex beating patterns
  • Preparing a score and knowing it
  • Using a tuning fork rather than a piano – developing aural acuity
  • The use of relative solfa to improve reading and intonation
  • Working à cappella
  • Stylistic knowledge & understanding

Conducting Level 3 – Strike it up_tabor
Conducting Level 3 – Se lontan
Conducting Level 3 – Anerio Ave Maris

Conducting 4 (Advanced Masterclass)
At this level, it is assumed that the student has considerable experience conducting choral groups. The focus of the course will be on interpretation, musical styles and contemporary choral techniques. The repertoire will be agreed in advance with the participants who will be expected to

  • have studied the pieces before the course
  • be able to sing all the parts with solfa as well as text
  • play the pieces on the piano from open score

Conducting Level 4 Lob des Frühlings
Conducting Level 4 Beati_Quorum_Via
Conducting Level 4 Bartok Senkim a világon pg1
Conducting Level 4 Bartok Senkim a világon pg2

Kodály Taster Day – 9th May 2015

Barnard CastleBarnard Castle, County Durham.

What will I gain?

Inspirational ‘real’ musicianship training through practical games. Expert ear training

Who is it aimed at?
Ideal for all teachers, choral directors and all musicians, both vocal and instrumental. Tremendous fulfilment! You are guaranteed to leave feeling enthused and improved!

Date: Saturday 9th May 2015 10am to 4pm
Venue: Barnard Castle Preparatory School, Barnard Castle, County Durham
Tutor: David Vinden
Fee: £50 including tea and coffee (please bring a packed lunch or there are good eateries in Barnard Castle)

Deadline is Friday 24th April 2015

Contact: Dr Robin Harrison
Email: robin.harrison@talk21.com
Telephone: 07871 085332

David Vinden is a highly renowned and respected Kodály methodology tutor, tutor at the Guildhall School of Music, former Director of the Purcell School, and widely sought after INSET provider.