Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Koninklijk Conservatorium van Antwerpen
Master exam Orchestral conducting (incl. Internship & literature study)34228/3084/2324/1/47
Study guide

Master exam Orchestral conducting (incl. Internship & literature study)

Academic year 2023-24
Is found in:
  • Master of Arts in Music, programme stage 5
    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: 18 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: not possible.
Possibility of deliberation: You have to pass this course unit (will never be deliberated).
Total study time: 540,00 hours


previously registered for Orchestral conducting 1 (incl. internship and literature study) OR (previously registered for Orchestra Conducting 1).

Educational organisation (text)

individual lessons Orchestral conducting
group-oriented lessons
class activities
Practical experience in Opera-Ballet Vlaanderen
(listening) internships with external orchestras
tutoring of the master thesis paper

Possibly supplemented with a selection from

- participation in projects organised by the institution
- master classes and lectures
- concerts
In the master's thesis Conducting, the student is expected to work largely independently.

For the concrete organisation of these educational activities: see Vademecum Conducting

Prerequisite competencies (text)

having passed Orchestra Conducting 1.

Learning outcomes (list)

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 can adequately analyse the evolution of the rehearsal process and the rehearsal technique of the conductor.
The student can apply in practice the various stages involved in learning an orchestral work.
The student is able to make an in-depth analysis aimed at speeding up the rehearsal process.
2.4 The student has acquired the correct playing techniques and posture.
The student shows a well-formed and personal beating technique
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.
The student works in a team (with other artistic disciplines) on the creation of his or her own artistic concept.
The student gains various experience with choirs: he or she is capable of directing a student orchestra, a pre-professional orchestra, a professional orchestra.
The student is able to conduct an orchestra in the presence of the public.
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.
4.3 The student can present orally and in writing the results of critical (self-)reflection.
The student can crtically relfect on his or her exam concert programme.

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 undertake practical experience in orchestral conducting and with external orchestras (rehearsals / concerts) on listening interships
- Preparation of the programme of the Master’ exam Conducting

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

- Specialized journals & literature
- Websites related to professional literature and research in the field
- Books, newspaper articles, videos, DVDs, CDs related to the field of study
- Access to master's exams from previous years

Educational organisation (list)

Learning Activities
Artistic praxis30,00 hours
Collaborative learning30,00 hours
Work time outside of contact hours480,00 hours

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Eerste examenperiodeArtistic skills assessment during the examination series100,00