Module title: Choir Direction

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MUS08145
Module leader: Michael Harris
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Humanities and Culture

Music HNC; piano or keyboard to Grade IV-V standard

2019/0, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Michael Harris
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Your taught content for this module will principally take place in practical sessions (Weeks 2-6 and 8-12) which will be divided between conducting/directing and keyboard skills. In conducting classes (1 hour per week) you will learn the basics of a clear technique, and employ simple gestures to shape phrases and lead an interpretation (LO1,2). In discussion, you will explore what makes a successful choir performance and the role that the conductor plays within this (LO1). You will examine specific scores to identify potential problems and effective strategies to address them (LO4).
In your keyboard skills classes (1 hour per week) you will develop appropriate techniques of improvisation that will support specific choral groupings (LO3). You will be introduced to specific techniques that will help address ensemble issues through voicing and gestural shaping (LO4).

Formative Assessment:
Throughout the module you will receive feedback on your practical skills but there will be two formative assessments to enhance your learning experience and prepare you for the summative assessments.
You will have the chance to demonstrate your skills in both directing and accompaniment half-way through the module, which will familiarise you with the format of the final assessment.
You will also submit a marked-up score which will clearly identify your strategy for conducting and leading a choir, which will inform your final summative assessment.

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment for this module is a 10 minute practical exam incorporating examples of conducting/directing and keyboard accompaniment of a style of choral music selected by the student. The weekend before the examination, the notation for the realisation of the accompaniment will be made available to the student as a take-away paper.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 20
Independent Learning Guided independent study 180
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 100 1,2,3,4 14/15
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module provides you with the foundational skills necessary to direct and accompany choirs in a way that will support the future development of your career. The conducting and directing skills you will learn will be applicable to any genre of music. You will have the option of choosing to specialise in classical figured bass and keyboard harmony studies, or in the realisation of a lead sheet in the accompaniment of a choir.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Develop insight into the basics of creating a musical interpretation through direction;

LO2: Convert understanding of a musical score into the control of gestures to cue and lead a choir;

LO3: Give examples of an accompaniment appropriate for a specific choir performance;

LO4: Utilise a problem-solving approach to ensemble issues in specific choir types and genres.

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