This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to direct performers in music rehearsals.  It applies to individuals who have high level musicianship skills and advanced knowledge of the performance capabilities of instruments. They may work as musical directors or conductors, and are responsible for choosing repertoire, selecting musicians, overseeing the organisation of rehearsals, and providing musical leadership during rehearsals and solutions to performance problems.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - identify and implement ways to develop own direction skills; - provide musical leadership on at least three occasions; - discussing and selecting repertoire and program; - completing required preparations for rehearsals; - directing performers during rehearsals to achieve performance level required, and; - conduct and document post-rehearsal debriefing sessions to improve performances. Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - explain factors that inform choice of repertoire and the development of performance programs; - describe music knowledge, technical skills and communication skills required to organise and direct music rehearsals; - describe issues that typically arise in the context of leading music rehearsals, and explain how they might be overcome, and; - describe work health and safety (WHS) requirements and procedures in relation to conducting and performing.

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