Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Koninklijk Conservatorium van Antwerpen
Wind and Brass Band conducting 15246/3357/2425/1/54
Study guide

Wind and Brass Band conducting 1

Academic year 2024-25
Is found in:
  • Educational Master of Arts in Music & Performing Arts
    Choice option within specialisation:
    • Wind and Brass Band conducting within Music
  • Master of Arts in Music, programme stage 4
    Choice option within specialisation:
    • Wind and Brass Band conducting within Conducting
  • Master of Arts in Music
    Choice option within specialisation:
    • Wind and Brass Band conducting within Conducting
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 21 credits
Co-ordinator: Verhaert Steven
Other teaching staff: Anthonis Luc
Languages: Dutch, English
Scheduled for: Academic year
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Possible deadlines for learning account: 31.10.2024 ()
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 wind and brass band conducting
* Group lessons
* Class activities
* (Listening) courses with external wind and brass orchestras

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 has a basic knowledge of HaFaBra repertoire.
2.3 The student can process musical structures through analysis and interpretation.
The student can make an in-depth analysis with a view to speeding up the rehearsal process.
The student develops his or her own interpretation of HaFaBra repertoire by means of short periods of observation.
2.4 The student has acquired the correct playing techniques and posture.
The student can demonstrate a good basic conducting 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 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 practical experience as a director of an (amateur) orchestra.
4.3 The student can present orally and in writing the results of critical (self-)reflection.
The student can prepare a wind orchestra or similar ensemble for a concert and can give a spoken reflection on this.
The student can crtically reflect on HaFaBra rehearsals and concerts in written and oral format and can thereby analyse the differences between the personal vision and that of the conductor. The student can furthermore adequately analyse the evolution of

Course content

- Conducting technique (specific exercises will be applied to predominantly contemporary orchestral literature).
- Listening exercises (detection of errors, intonation, balance, articulation, style variances, chords, amongst others)
- Analysis of orchestral works of various styles and periods (from the point of view of harmony, form, instrumentation, style, conducting technique, and rehearsal technique)
- Arrangement and Orchestration: learning how to make arrangements for and orchestrate all wind and brass band orchestra types
- Literature acquisition: history and overview of the wind and brass band literature and implementing this knowledge to put together concert programmes on certain themes and to construct a concert
- Students will undertake practical experience in the Conservatorium's wind and brass band (either playing or directing) and in external orchestras on listening days
- 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 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 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