Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Koninklijk Conservatorium van Antwerpen
Master's Exam Wind and Brass Band Conducting11994/3357/2425/1/81
Study guide

Master's Exam Wind and Brass Band Conducting

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
    Choice option within specialisation:
    • Wind and Brass Band conducting within Conducting
  • Master of Arts in Music, programme stage 5
    Choice option within specialisation:
    • Wind and Brass Band conducting within Conducting
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 18 credits
Co-ordinator: Anthonis Luc
Other teaching staff: Verhaert Steven
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: 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 Wind and Brass Band conducting 1.

Educational organisation (text)

individual lessons in bassband and windband conducting

group-oriented lessons
class activities
(listening) internships with external hafabra orchestras
tutoring for the master's thesis

possibly supplemented with a selection from
- participation in projects organised by the institution
- master classes and lectures
- concert visit

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

Prerequisite competencies (text)

Achievement of the learning outcomes of the previous course unit Braasband and Windband conducting 1

Learning outcomes (list)

1.1 The student independently broadens and explores repertoire related to his or her discipline.
The student has knowledge of the HaFaBra repertoire and is capable of analysing a score in such a manner in terms of stylistic authenticity, direction, performance and rehearsal technique such that he or she can achieve a result during the rehearsal which
1.2 The student masters the internationally used stylistic performance practice standards.
The student directs in a mature way and establishes an engaging interpretation in conformity with international stylistic standards.
1.3 The student can take on a leading role in an ensemble.
The student has a clear and effective directing technique, controls tempi and elicits from the ensemble an energetic group dynamic and fluent ensemble playing.
1.5 The student can move his or her public through the means of artistic dialogue.
The student moves the public with his or her personal vision and artistic drive and can work independently.
2.1 The student has thoroughly mastered musical parameters and structures.
The student masters the musical parameters (such as form, rhythm, melodic line, dynamics, intonation, articulation) and displays an understanding of harmony and analytical thinking-skills.
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. The student can implement this analysis in his or her conducting technique: the theoretical approach is converted into movements which are supported by the group
The student develops his or her own interpretation of HaFaBra repertoire by means of short periods of observation, arranging, and the orchestration of his or her own compositions.
2.4 The student has acquired the correct playing techniques and posture.
The student leads the orchestra in all areas and raises it to a higher level by means of verbal communication and specific conducting movements.
The student works in a team (with other artistic disciplines) on the creation of his or her own artistic concept.
Through the practical experience of conducting a highly qualified (amateur) orchestra, the student demonstrates that he or she is able to work in a contollling and constructive way during a rehearsal by virtue of his or her communicative attitude.
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 can put together a varied exam concert programme in which, in addition to the overture, his or her own work, and a major work, one or more soloists will be accompanied.

Course content

Read the vade mecum.
-Baton technique (specific exercises applied to the predominantly contemporary orchestral literature).
-Hearing exercises (e.g. error detection, intonation, balance, articulation, stylistic differences, chords)
-orchestral works from various styles and periods (harmonic, form, instrumentation, stroke technique, rehearsal technique, style)
-Arrangement and orchestration: learning to make arrangements for all types of hafabra orchestras.
-Acquiring literature: history and overview of hafabra literature and applying it to the composition of concert programmes around certain themes and the structure of a concert.
-Gaining practical experience in the Hafabra orchestra of the Conservatoire (playing or conducting) and with external orchestras through listening and conducting traineeships
-Applying research skills
-Preparation of the programme for the Master's Thesis in conducting

More details: see Vademecum conducting

Study material (text): Mandatory

- Scores, textbooks and recordings cf. the teacher's specification
- Scores from the examination program. The examination programme will be determined in consultation with the main 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