Fundamentals of Effective Ensembles

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.

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Would you like to confidently develop and deliver an inspirational music ensemble program?

This is a great opportunity for both intermediate and advanced ensemble leaders to review and refresh their approach to ensemble direction, as well as serving as a comprehensive introduction for those new to ensemble leadership.

This course will focus on:
• The key elements of individual instrument knowledge;
• The use of rehearsal planning and time management leading to more effective and productive rehearsals;
• The process of choosing repertoire for study and performance; and
• Opportunities to develop a broader range of conducting skills and communication in rehearsal.

Details

This course will run twice in 2017 in February and August.

August Course Dates: 28 August 2017 – 16 September (3 Weeks)

Location: Online and School of Music, Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne
Fee: $150
Educator: Monte Mumford
Course Duration: 7 hours online and 3 hours in person

 

INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS


Time Commitment

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.

Course Content

The course will include the following topics:

  • Instrumental knowledge for an ensemble setting, covering specific methodology for the four instrument families
  • Rehearsal techniques – approaching fundamentals of instrumental instruction and understanding the intended outcomes
  • Repertoire selection – achieving both musical and educational goals while maintaining student interest and engagement.
  • Conducting – examining the teaching connections and implications for delivering effective rehearsals through improved conducting gesture technique.

 

Outcomes

You will be able to:

  • Understand and apply basic pedagogical considerations and approaches for the four instrument families. (Strings, Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion)
  • Engage and prepare your students with effective rehearsal methods.
  • Plan efficient rehearsals and best manage your time.
  • Employ fundamental ensemble skills in rehearsal and performance.
  • Select repertoire that strengthens your ensemble’s technical and musical skills and provides rewarding, inspirational outcomes.

 

Suitable for:

Victorian music educators, instructors or teachers who wish to build skills working with musical ensembles.  Applicants should be able to read music scores and demonstrate basic conducting techniques. Previous ensemble conducting experience is beneficial, but not essential.

 

mumford picture thumbnailMonte Mumford

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

 

Download Course Outline as a PDF

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