Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Koninklijk Conservatorium van Antwerpen
Orchestral conducting 1 (incl. internship and literature study)34227/3084/2324/1/13
Study guide

Orchestral conducting 1 (incl. internship and literature study)

Academic year 2023-24
Is found in:
  • Master of Arts in Music, programme stage 4
    Choice option within specialisation:
    • Orchestra Conducting within Conducting
  • Master of Arts in Music
    Choice option within specialisation:
    • Orchestra Conducting within Conducting
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 21 credits
Co-ordinator: Anthonis Luc
Other teaching staff: Kessels Koen, Venkov Ivo
Languages: Dutch, English
Scheduled for: Academic year
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Possible deadlines for learning account: 31.10.2023 ()
Re-sit exam: is possible.
Possibility of deliberation: You have to pass this course unit (will never be deliberated).
Total study time: 630,00 hours


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Educational organisation (text)

* Individual lessons in orchestral conducting
* Group lessons
* Class activities
* Practical experience in orchestral conducting
* (Listening) internships with external orchestras ( Opera van Vlaanderen/Antwerp Symphony Orchestra)

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)

1.1 The student independently broadens and explores repertoire related to his or her discipline.
The student further develops his or her conducting technique.
1.2 The student masters the internationally used stylistic performance practice standards.
The student acquires knowledge and understanding of orchestra literature from all stylistic periods, from classical to contemporary orchestral music.
1.4 The student makes music in an artistic project in a creative manner.
The student develops his or her own interpretation of orchestral repertoire by means of short periods of observation
2.3 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.
3.1 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 an orchestra.
4.1 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 orchestra literature him- or herself.

Course content

- Conducting technique (specific exercises; specifically applied to orchestra literature)
- Listening exercises (detection of errors, intonation, balance, articulation, style variances, chords)
- Analysis of orchestral works of various styles and periods (from the point of view of harmony, conducting technique, rehearsal technique, style)
- Literature acquisition: history and overview of orchestral literature and implementing this knowledge to put together concert programmes on certain themes
- Students will have practical experience in orchestral conducting and with external orchestras (rehearsals / concerts) on listening interships
- 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.

Study material (text): Recommended

All possible orchestral literature

Educational organisation (list)

Learning Activities
Artistic praxis30,00 hours
Collaborative learning30,00 hours
Work time outside of contact hours570,00 hours

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Eerste examenperiodeArtistic skills assessment during the examination series75,00
Eerste examenperiodeKnowledge and comprehension test during the examination series25,00
Evaluation(s) for re-sit exam
2nd examination periodArtistic skills assessment during the examination series75,00
2nd examination periodKnowledge and comprehension test during the examination series25,00