Category Archives: what the job is

choral v. instrumental

This is another post in response to a question my conducting students had. They wanted to know the differences between choral and instrumental conducting. I explained in class that there is some controversy over this subject, and that there are … Continue reading

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protocol

I asked my conducting students what they wanted to know that I haven’t talked about yet. They had several great questions, some of which I will definitely deal with in class where doing the work and watching their colleagues do … Continue reading

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singing teacher, lecturer, wizard

This is true.

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how to listen and feel feelings

I’ve said repeatedly that the job of a conductor is neither to keep time nor to play traffic cop, but rather to embody the expressive intention of a composer. This requires us to listen (to the performers, to the acoustic … Continue reading

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more rules: preparation

I’m teaching a one-on-one conducting class this semester. My conducting teaching in the past has been with classes of music majors who are required to take the class and have generally standard musical preparation, but mixed degrees of interest in … Continue reading

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horsemanship

I’ve been taking horseback riding lessons, and they feel a lot like conducting lessons because my instructor says things like this: When you are open, they can understand you more clearly. If you have tension in your body, it will … Continue reading

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pep

I directed my school’s pep band at a football game last month, filling in for the band director. It was pretty fun, though conducting a pep band is not much like conducting. But there was someone at the game who … Continue reading

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