Music

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Music students have performance opportunities from the first semester onward.

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Stellar faculty includes 19 members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Grammy winners and performing and recording artists, augmented by guests such as acclaimed DSO conductor Jaap van Zweden.

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Numerous ensembles and programs, including the Meadows Opera Theatre, provide multiple opportunities for performing on and off campus.

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Multiple degrees are offered in performance, composition, music therapy, education and more at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Conducting (MUCO) Classes

Please note that not all courses are offered every semester. This listing is not considered authoritative. Please visit Access.SMU for authoritative course offerings including meeting times, professor, and more.

MUCO 3208: Fundamentals of Choral Conducting
All basic beat patterns, subdivision, fermata problems, beat character. Introduction to left-hand usage, basic score reading. Emphasis on the psychophysical relationship between conductor and ensemble. Fall term. 

MUCO 3209: Fundamentals of Instrumental Conducting
The focus of the course includes basic conducting technique, score reading, score analysis, and general rehearsal procedures. Attention is given to rehearsal techniques in a laboratory setting.  

MUCO 3210, 5210: Choral Conducting Practicum
Stresses development of rehearsal techniques in a laboratory setting. Choose, prepare, and rehearse music with other students in class to develop skills in error detection, rehearsal pacing, sequencing, and ordering of music for optimum rehearsals. Spring term. Prerequisite: MUCO 3208 or equivalent. 

MUCO 3211: Instrumental Conducting Practicum
Stresses development of rehearsal techniques in a laboratory setting. Choose, prepare, and rehearse music with other students in the class to develop skills in error detection, rehearsal pacing, sequencing, and ordering of music for optimal rehearsals. Prerequisite: MUCO 3209

MUCO 5309: Advanced Instrumental Conducting
Stylistic analysis of a range of large ensemble repertoire, with emphasis on historical context, performance practice, interpretive issues, performance techniques, and conducting problems. Study of baton and rehearsal technique. Spring term. 

MUCO 6184, 6284, 6384: Directed Study in Conducting
Individual technical development and score preparation for the advanced conductor.

MUCO 6189, 6289: Conducting Practicum
Preparation and public performance of instrumental or choral ensemble. (may be repeated for credit)

MUCO 6200: Applied Study in Conducting
Private lessons for conducting majors. Study of historical context, performing practice, interpretive issues, performance techniques, kinetic control, conducting problems and rehearsal techniques.

MUCO 6209: Choral Conducting II
Further development of conducting techniques as they apply to a variety of repertoires, study and application of rehearsal techniques, and application of vocal and choral techniques. Spring term.

MUCO 6210: Seminar: Major Choral Works
An in-depth study of selected choral works. Spring term of even-numbered years.

MUCO 6211: Instrumental Techniques for Choral Conductors
A study of the performance techniques of string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments in works for chorus and orchestra. Included will be a comprehensive concentration on bowing techniques and methodologies, transposition and historical perspectives. Spring term.

MUCO 6222: Score Reading
Sight playing in two to four clefs, all transpositions. Piano proficiency is required. Offered irregularly.

MUCO 6252: Vocal and Choral Techniques
A study of vocal and choral tone, its production and its effect in both solo and choral singing, especially with regard to quality, dynamics, blending, intonation and diction. Fall term of even-numbered years.

MUCO 6307: Choral Conducting I
Continued development and refinement for choral conducting techniques. Fall term.

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