Musical Performance - Conducting 1 22.5 credits

Musikalisk gestaltning - Dirigering 1
Second cycle, E7005G
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2019 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Monica Johansson, Head of Department at the Department of Arts, Communication and Education 14 Feb 2014

Last revised
by Patrik Häggqvist, Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Department of Arts, Communication and Education 15 Feb 2019

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Musical Performance
Subject group (SCB)
Operatic Stagecraft and Characterization
Main field of study
Musical Performance

Entry requirements

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim

The Master’s programme in music performance focuses on four interacting perspectives, all of which aim to put one’s own music performance in a context:

- Interpretation
- Analysis
- Tradition/Innovation
- The public interaction.

During the course, the student shall have:

- acquired basic knowledge, skills and working methods to be able to independently be able to learn and perform music as a conductor - acquired knowledge about music history, performance practice and a sense of style - worked in various collaborative formats and had interdisciplinary interactions that challenged his or her own and others’ creativity.


The student shall work with his or her gesture and conducting technique.

The course will also contain a study of scores: methods and techniques and rehearsal methodology. In addition, the orchestra conducting course contains string knowledge/methodology.

Students with choir conducting as a profile also study song and song methodology.

In Tradition/Innovation, older musical works are put in a historical context and contemporary compositions are put in a contemporary context.


In the skills training of gestures and conducting technique, parts of the teaching take place with the help of a rehearsal pianist.

The teaching in instrument knowledge, song/methodology is provided by experienced teachers at the department.

Video recordings are made and discussed afterwards with a focus on rehearsal methodology, as well as gestures and conducting technique.

The four interacting perspectives are largely addressed in joint seminars for all students in the fine arts Master’s programme.

In choir conducting, the student works with the Master’s choir every Master’s week. In orchestra conducting, the student does a piece with Norrbotten NEO (professional contemporary ensemble).


Every teaching session constitutes an examining presentation of assigned tasks.

The examination of the course takes place in a final presentations and/or concerts.

In the choir conducting course, the student holds a concert and recording with the Master’s choir.

In the orchestra conducting course, the student rehearses and possibly holds a concert with works from the composition students written for Norrbotten NEO.

In the conducting assignments that the student has to work with according to consultation with the teacher, the following components will be assessed and graded: Gestures and deportment, methods to learn scores, ability to put the musical works in a music history context with knowledge of performance practice and a sense of style.

For the grade of Pass with credit (Väl godkänd), the student must have demonstrated very good musical and conducting skill in the examinations.

Petter Sundkvist

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2019 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
In consultation with the student, a number of works are selected for choir and orchestra that form the basis of the conducting teaching.

Other literature: Nicolaus Harnoncourt The Musical Dialogue ISBN 10: 1574670239
Clive Brown Classical & Romantic performance practice 1750-1900, Oxford ISBN-13: 978-0195166651
Thomas Caplin På slaget - En bok om körledning SK-Gehrmans förlag
The Swedish Choral Miracle - Richard Sparks
Svensk körpedagogik - Helena Stenbäck

Course offered by
Department of Arts, Communication and Learning

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0004Continuous examinationU G#17.50MandatoryA15
0005Final examination ChoirU G VG *2.50MandatoryA15
0006Final examination OrchestraU G VG *2.50MandatoryA15

Study guidance
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