Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen
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Choir Conducting 1326/1720/1920/1/09
Study guide

Choir Conducting 1

Academic year 2019-20
Is found in:
  • Master of Arts & Education in Music and performing arts
    Choice option within specialisation:
    • Choir Conducting within Muziek
  • Master of Arts in Music, programme stage 4
    Choice option within specialisation:
    • Choir Conducting within Conducting
  • Master of Arts in Music
    Choice option within specialisation:
    • Choir Conducting within Conducting
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 21 credits
Co-ordinator: Anthonis Luc
Other teaching staff: Hendrix Geert
Languages: Dutch, English
Scheduled for: Academic year
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Possible deadlines for learning account: 31.10.2019 ()
Re-sit exam: is possible.
Compensated fail: You have to pass this course unit (will never be compensated).
Total study time: 630,00 hours


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Educational organisation (text)

* Individual lessons in choir conducting
* Group lessons
* Class activities
* Practical experience in choir directing
* (Listening) courses with external choirs

Possibly supplemented with a selection from the following:

* Participation in projects organised by the Conservatoire
* Masterclasses and lectures
* Concert attendance

For the specific organisation of these educational activities, see the Conducting Vademecum

Prerequisite competencies (text)

At the entrance exam, the student must demonstrate that he/she possesses the correct pre-requisites. See the details of the entrance exam on the website.

Learning outcomes (list)

The student independently broadens and explores repertoire related to his or her discipline.
The student masters the internationally used stylistic performance practice standards.
The student acquires knowledge and understanding of choral literature from all stylistic periods, from renaissance to contemporary choral music.
The student makes music in an artistic project in a creative manner.
The student develops his or her own interpretation of choral repertoire by means of short periods of observation.
The student can process musical structures through analysis and interpretation.
The student is able to make an in-depth analysis aimed at speeding up the rehearsal process.
The student can employ his or her social and communication skills in order to take on a leadership role.
The student is able to communicate adequately with a choir.
The student has extensive knowledge of the broader cultural and (musical) historical context and can use this in his or her artistic practice.
The student is able to apply and discuss choral literature him- or herself.

Course content

- Conducting technique (specific exercises; specifically applied to choral literature)
- Listening exercises (detection of errors, intonation, balance, articulation, style variances, chords, amongst others)
- Analysis of choral works of various styles and periods (from the point of view of harmony, conducting technique, rehearsal technique, style)
- Literature acquisition: history and overview of choral literature and implementing this knowledge to put together concert programmes on certain themes
- Students will undertake practical experience in choir directing and with external choirs on listening courses
- Implementation of research skills

For more details: see the Vademecum for Conducting

Study material (text): Mandatory

- Scores, study books and recordings (see the statement of the principal teacher)
- Scores of the exam programme. The exam programme is to be determined in consultation with the principal teacher.

Educational organisation (list)

Learning Activities
Artistic praxis60,00 hours
Work time outside of contact hours570,00 hours

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Academic yearKnowledge test25,00
Academic yearArtistic skills assessment75,00
Evaluation(s) for re-sit exam
2nd examination periodKnowledge test25,00
2nd examination periodArtistic skills assessment75,00