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RNCM Conducting Course for Music Educators

  • 24th October 2021 - 31st March 2022

The RNCM’s Conducting Course for Music Educators comprises three workshops linked by an e-learning element will provide a structured opportunity for those working with youth orchestras, bands and ensembles who wish to develop their technical and artistic skills.

The RNCM is at the forefront of conducting training internationally. Current students and recent graduates of our Junior Fellowship and Masters programmes hold, or have recently completed, assistant conductor positions with the Berliner Philharmoniker, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera, Hallé, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Minnesota Orchestra. We are delighted to be able to extend the world-class teaching that lies at the heart of these successes to those doing vital work in music education. The emphasis is firmly on practical work and reflects the core belief that underpins all of the College’s world-class conducting programmes: conductors learn best by conducting other musicians.

Taking place at Whitemoor Lakes Conference Centre, near Lichfield in Staffordshire, from 2pm on 24 October to 4pm on 25 October. Running in conjunction with Derbyshire City & County Youth Wind Band’s residential course, there will be introductory technical sessions and discussions on rehearsal strategies and score study. Participants will work with smaller ensembles and the full band. The Derbyshire CCYWB is one of the finest ensembles of its type in the country and gained a Platinum award in the national finals of the recent National Concert Band Festival. Should the COVID-19 situation require it, this first workshop may take place online. It may also be possible for some participants to attend physically and some online.

Held at the RNCM in Manchester, from 10am to 5pm, this workshop will focus on developing knowledge of specific instrumental families. Participants will work with string and wind/brass ensembles of RNCM students exploring conducting and rehearsal techniques relevant to each.

The final workshop will take place at the RNCM. Following a morning preparation session with professional pianists, the afternoon session will be a masterclass with a youth orchestra.

All conducting sessions will be filmed and distributed online to the participants. In between the workshops, participants will be asked to film their own rehearsals and submit them online. Feedback will then be provided in the form of a voice-over and returned to the participant for review enabling consolidation of the work done during the workshops. All participants will have access to the ConductIT resource, which will launch this autumn. On successful completion of the course, participants will be given an RNCM Certificate of Participation detailing the work undertaken during the course.

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Find out more in the Application Pack below.

RNCM Conducting Course for Music Educators - APPLICATION PACK 2021-22 (PDF)

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