Introduction to Music Directing
FEKT-BPC-UHRAcad. year: 2020/2021
Different forms of notation of musical pieces of various musical styles and genres, team work, getting familiar with the work of a music director, sound master and artist, the exact definition of problems in terms of mutual communication. Psychological aspects of the work of a music director, ways to communicate with the artist and the estimation of maximum performance. The recording of musical works in a broadcasting studio and in situ, the recording of concerts with the broadcast vehicle. Methods of registration of takes, process of mastering and compiling the final product - master tape - and document - mastering order.
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The student will be able to:
- work in a team,
- describe the psychological aspects of a music director’s work.- create a record of a musical work in a broadcasting studio or in other spaces,
- create a record of a musical work in a broadcasting studio or in other spaces,
- create a recording of a concert with the broadcast vehicle and transmission equipment,
- describe the sound recording mediums and methods of registration of takes,
- create a final sound recording - master tape - and its documentation.
The knowledge of basic concepts of musical acoustics, tempo, expression and dynamic signs, and musical instruments tuning is required as well as musical intervals, scales and modes, chords and basic harmonic connections, and timbres. Students who enrol on the course should be able to analyze song regularities, assess the implications for the interpretation, describe musical instruments in terms of creating tone and techniques, and create instrumentation study for combinations of instruments.
Recommended optional programme components
Recommended or required reading
Syrový, V.: Akustická typologie přirozených zdrojů hudebních signálů. Výzkumná zpráva, AMU, Praha 2000. (CS)
Špelda, A.: Hudební akustika, SPN, Praha 1978. (CS)
Syrový, V. Hudební zvuk. Nakladatelství Akademie múzických umění v Praze, Praha, 1. vydání, 2009, ISBN 978-80-7331-161-2. (CS)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations. Exercises provide the explanation of case studies and team work in music studio. Participation at exercises is checked.
Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes
Evaluation of study results follows Rules for Studies and Examinations of BUT and Dean's Regulation to the Rules for Studies and Examinations of BUT. Credit is given successful demonstration of knowledge in interview.
Language of instruction
1.–2. Working in teams, musical director, sound master, artist, the exact expression of problems in terms of mutual communication.
3-4. Psychological aspects of music direction, ways to communicate with the artist, estimation of maximum performance.
5.–6. The recording of musical works in the broadcasting studio.
7.–8. The recording of musical works outside the studio.
9.–10. The recording of concerts with the broadcast vehicle.
11. Recording mediums, documentation.
12. The process of mastering, the preparation of the final product - master tape.
13. Assembly of the final document - mastering order, birth certificate.
The aim of the course is to teach students to work in team, getting familiar with the work of a music director, and a sound master. Focus is put on the familiarization with the content of the work of a music director in contrast to the activities of an audio master, especially in the artistic point of view of this profession.
Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences
To obtain the credit it is necessary to complete at least 10 exercises during semester. Other forms of the checked instructions are specified by a regulation issued by the guarantee of the course and updated for every academic year.