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Musical Performance - Conducting 4 15 credits

Musikalisk gestaltning - Dirigering 4
Second cycle, E7008G
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2022 Sp 1 - Present
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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

Approved admission test for Master Programme in Music Performance, Specialisation: Conducting, as well as knowledge equivalent to the course Musical Performance - Conducting 3 (E7007G).

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

This course is a continuation of Music Performance - Conducting 3 and aims for continued development of the set goals.
During the course, the student shall have:

- acquired advanced knowledge, skills and working methods to be able to independently study and perform music as a conductor 
- acquired advanced knowledge about, performance practices and a sense of style 
- learned to view him- or herself in a historical context where the musical heritage and its values provide a possibility of being a tradition bearer and innovator.
- matured in his/her own artistic integrity through critical examination of music as a form of expression, its traditions and values.


Gestures and beating techniques
Score studies, techniques and methods
Rehearsal methods
Performance practice

Analysis of scores, addressing form-, harmonic-, historic-, instrumentational- and compositional aspects 

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
In the skill training of gestures and conducting techniques, parts of the teaching take place with the help of a rehearsal pianist. 

In choir conducting, the student works with the Master’s choir every Master week. 
In orchestra conducting, the student participates in a production with professional symphony orchestra and students from the composition class.

Other weeks than “master weeks” can be considered in dialogue with the student.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
Every teaching session constitutes an examined presentation of assigned tasks.

The examination of the course takes place in final concerts/productions.

In choir conducting, the student conducts a concert and recording with the Master’s choir.
In orchestra conducting, the student rehearses and conducts a concert with works from the composition students written for and performed by a professional symphony orchestra.

In the conducting assignments that the student has must with according to consultation with the teacher, following will be assessed and graded: Gestures and beating technique, methods to learn scores, rehearsal methods and communication with ensemble/choir and sense of style. 

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

Students must register for the courses themselves, or contact ETKS educational administration, not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

Petter Sundkvist

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2019 Sp 1
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
Kördirigering – Ericson, Ohlin, Spångberg, Sveriges Körförbund

Course offered by
Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Continuous examinationU G#10.00MandatoryA15
0002Final examination ChoirU G VG *2.50MandatoryA15
0003Final examination OrchestraU G VG *2.50MandatoryA15

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Patrik Häggqvist, Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Department of Arts, Communication and Education 13 Feb 2015

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts 11 Feb 2022