College Beginning Choral Conducting Course
Date: June 4, 2014
I am teaching Beginning Choral Conducting for the second year in the 2014-2015 school year. Last year, I had 14 students one semester and 15 the next. Those were manageable class sizes (the course is only one semester long and the cap on the course is 20 students).
However, I now have 19 students signed up for the fall semester (yay? oh no?). Last semester was pushing it with time. The course meets twice a week for 50 minute sessions. I like to present a concept, then have the students conduct each other through repertoire that assesses that concept in a master-class style session (they conduct, I critique things that are good and those that could be better). However, with 19 students, each student is not going to get very much conducting time over the course of the semester.
How do you teach conducting so that you're covering a good breadth of knowledge while still giving your students ample time to conduct in class?
Thanks for any insights you have!