Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Koninklijk Conservatorium van Antwerpen
Master's Exam Choral Conducting11995/3357/2425/1/18
Study guide

Master's Exam Choral Conducting

Academic year 2024-25
Is found in:
  • Educational Master of Arts in Music & Performing Arts
    Choice option within specialisation:
    • Choir Conducting within Music
  • Master of Arts in Music, programme stage 5
    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: 18 credits
Co-ordinator: Anthonis Luc
Other teaching staff: De Boo Marleen, Hendrix Geert, Kessels Koen
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 Choir Conducting 1.

Educational organisation (text)

-individual lessons Choir conducting
-group-oriented lessons
-class activities
-Practical experience in external choirs
-(listening) internships with external choirs
-tutoring of the master thesis paper

Possibly supplemented with a selection from
- participation in projects organized 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 organization of these educational activities: see Vademecum Conducting

Prerequisite competencies (text)

Achievement of the learning outcomes of the previous course unit Choir conducting 1

Learning outcomes (list)

1.2 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.
1.4 The student makes music in an artistic project in a creative manner.
The student gains various experience with choirs: he or she is capable of directing a chamber choir, a pre-professional choir, an amateur choir, a professional choir.
The student develops his or her own interpretation of choral repertoire by means of short periods of observation.
1.5 The student can move his or her public through the means of artistic dialogue.
The student is able to direct a choir in the presence of the public.
2.2 The student builds up expertise through organisation and independent study.
The student can apply in practice the various stages involved in learning a choir work.
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 adequately analyse the evolution of the rehearsal process and the rehearsal technique of the conductor.
2.4 The student has acquired the correct playing techniques and posture.
The student further develops his or her 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 a choir.
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 choral 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

Read the vade mecum.
-Beating technique (specific exercises; applied to choral literature).
-Hearing exercises (e.g. error detection, intonation, balance, articulation, stylistic differences, chords)
-Analysis of choral works from various styles and periods (harmonic, stroke, repetition, style)
-acquiring literature: history and overview of choral literature and its application for the composition of concert programmes around certain themes
-gaining practical experience in the conductor's choir and with external choirs through listening classes
-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