Conducting Tenor/Bass Ensembles

Dr. Jefferson Johnson

Graduate Level
Credits / Units


Course Term

Video instruction & assignments
must be completed within
9 months of registration.

Course Code

EDUX 9139

Price Per Credit



Course Description:

Partner with Forward Motion and Dr. Jefferson Johnson to contemplate best practices for conducting TTBB ensembles.  Using a brand new text edited by Donald Trott (and featuring Johnson), students will examine the history of TTBB ensembles, classroom management, recruiting, choral sound preferences, strategies for teaching vocal production, roles of women in the field, and review repertoire.  Students will also utilize a video presentation by Dr. Johnson to study the two main issues facing changed-voice male singers: tone quality and intonation.  By the end of the course, you will have a clear vision for your TTBB ensemble, techniques to realize your goals, and fresh repertoire to engage your singers.  

This course is intended for teachers and choral conductors at any point in their career.  No pre-requisite required.  Students will need internet access to complete online video content available at, a purchased copy of the text Conducting Men’s Choirs edited by Donald Trott, and basic word and publisher processing skills.


Course Outcomes:

Students will…

  • Learn about the historical development of TTBB ensembles in the United States
  • Examine practical classroom strategies for conducting TTBB ensembles regarding community development, sight-singing, intonation, classroom culture, sound production, and head voice
  • Reflect on strategies for recruitment
  • Analyze the roles, struggles, and triumphs of female conductors of TTBB ensembles
  • Research TTBB repertoire through the lens of compositional guidelines set specifically for tenor/bass ensembles


Course Components:

This course includes online video lectures, text and article reading assignments, and a variety of comprehension assignments.  All coursework instructions and videos will be found on  Some articles may need to be accessed with a free personal JSTOR account. Completed coursework should be submitted online via the interactive Forward Motion module available immediately after registration and sign-in.  Students must receive a passing grade to receive university credit by earning “acceptable” or “excellent” on each assignment rubric.


Forward Motion awards academic credit in partnership with Dominican University of California.  Graduate-Level Extension Semester Credits/Units are primarily used for professional development or salary advancement and are transferable to degree programs only on the approval of the institution being petitioned.  The words credits and units are used interchangeably as geographical locations vary in terminology.  Participants are advised to obtain prior employer approval for use in salary advancement.  Dominican University of California is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).


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