Our Teacher Professional Development Program is designed to support growth and improvement in the professional knowledge and practice of ensemble music education for Victorian teachers of music.
Would you like to take your ensemble conducting skills to the next level?
With guidance from esteemed music educator Monte Mumford, learn how to further develop your ensemble conducting technique through both theoretical and physical practice strategies.
Effectively communicate emotion and interpretation through gesture, enabling you to foster greater engagement and elicit a musical response from ensembles of all ages and levels.
Course Dates: 17 July 2017 – 5 August 2017 (3 Weeks)
Where: Online and School of Music, Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne
Educator: Monte Mumford
Course Duration: 10 Hours (minimum)
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During the course, seven hours of study are undertaken flexibly online within the specified dates. The course culminates in a three hour in-person session on the final day with fellow participants and the course educator at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. See Melbourne Youth Orchestras’ renowned Ensemble Program in action and consolidate your learning with the course educator. Lunch is provided.
The course will include the following topics:
- Refresh and revisit basic conducting techniques, principles and approach
- Explore different methodologies and philosophies of conducting, such as the Saito and Laban approaches to conducting
- Develop conducting techniques that portray emotion, phrasing and nuance through hand and body movement, as well as effective non-verbal gesture delivery
- Develop practice strategies to use at home and how to apply them in rehearsal
You will be able to:
- Prepare for your rehearsal through effective score study and systematic rehearsal preparation
- Build upon your current skill level, while incorporating new ideas into your ensemble direction
- Get your head out of the score, and move beyond keeping time
- Transfer and apply conducting theory and technique into your real-life rehearsal
Victorian Music educators currently teaching in the field, or for instructors and teachers who work with musical ensembles. Applicants should be able to read music scores, develop rehearsal plans and demonstrate basic conducting techniques. Previous ensemble conducting/ leading experience is beneficial, but not essential. It is advantageous for participants to have completed the MYO Teacher Professional Development Program ‘Fundamentals of Effective Ensembles’ Course prior to the commencement of this course, although it is not compulsory. To ensure that this course is suitable for you, interested new participants will be asked additional questions regarding their current knowledge in ensemble pedagogy through the online application.
Monte Mumford has an international reputation as a conductor, educator, adjudicator and clinician. He contributes regularly to the field of music education through conference presentations, publications, professional development offerings, and masterclasses. He is in demand as a guest conductor, music education consultant and adjudicator, providing performance strategies and professional development for music educators, administrators and students alike. Mumford has worked with many professional ensembles throughout his career. As a trombonist he has extensive performance experience with a number of Australian, American, British, New Zealand Turkish and other international symphonic, chamber groups, jazz ensembles and show bands. He most recently served as Associate Professor of Music at University of Northwestern, Minnesota, USA, as Director of Bands and Head of Brass, Winds and Percussion