Music Ensemble Direction

Music Ensemble Direction



This E-course in Music Ensemble Direction is applicable to teachers and directors of instrumental groups and/or choirs who wish to develop their conducting skills, communication through body and language, and oversight of ensembles through goals, repertoire and other enhancing elements. The course has practical application for school and instrumental teachers whether involved in conducting or not, as well community ensemble leaders.

The course will include live and written components, as well as analysis through live lessons (online access required) and uploaded practice videos. The participants will develop an understanding of score analysis, repertoire and integral elements of ensemble instruments and voices.

The 12 week course will focus on the key skills for direction of any ensemble including the technique required for clear communicative conducting, analyzing and interpreting repertoire, general knowledge of the instruments and/or voices within the ensemble, and general practical applications such as strategy, rehearsal/venue considerations, evaluation, dealing with anxiety, and arranging music.

By completion of the course participants will have a greater understanding of the various elements involved in music rehearsal and performance, and will have crafted core values in leadership, positive reinforcement and motivation. Participants can expect to have developed a skillset and understanding for what is most important before, during and after music performance.


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Module Deadline  
Module 1 Video 25/02/18 Upload
Module 1 Video 11/03/18 Upload
Module 2 Written 11/03/18 Upload
Module 3 Written 01/0418 Upload
Module 1 Video 06/04/18 Upload
Module 4 Written 12/04/18 Upload
Module 1 Video 05/05/18 Upload
Module 5 Video 05/05/18 Upload




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  • Week 1 - Module 1 - Conducting Duration:
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  • Week 2 - Module 2 - Musical Language & Form Duration:
  • Week 3 - Module 1 - Conducting Duration:
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  • Week 5 - Module 3 - Instrument/Voice Knowledge Duration:
  • Week 6 - Module 1 - Conducting Duration:
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Meet Our Teacher

Brendan Breslin

Brendan Breslin

Course Director, Music Ensemble Direction E-course

Royal Irish Academy of Music, 36-38 Westland Row, Dublin 2, 016325300

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