Inspirational Teaching Strategies

UPBEAT - AN INTRODUCTION TO CONDUCTING CHOIRS, ENSEMBLES AND ORCHESTRAS

The Sensational New Course Delivered by one of the UK’s Top Conductors, Christopher Gayford
About this course

Most musicians don't start off with an intention to conduct, but many find themselves called upon to step up onto the rostrum. This course, led by the conductor and researcher, Chris Gayford, will equip you with the essential skills you need. Chris has over 30 year’s experience, working with professional and amateur musicians and running conducting courses. He's studied with some of the world's leading teachers and developed his own unique method for teaching this most elusive of skills. Combined with his extensive research work in music psychology, his courses offer an opportunity to transform not only your conducting skills but your whole approach to music.

Course Outcomes:
  • Explore the mystery of the beat and learn about the circular and rebound ictus
  • Build your confidence in the basics and learn how to get beyond cueing
  • Delve into the world of performance psychology and find out about the secrets of running a successful rehearsal
  • Learn about scores and how to read fifty lines at the same time
Course Outline:
Session 1: Ictus

Beating up, not down

Rebound vs circular beats

The non-dominant hand and what to do with it

Standing (without bending your knees) and why it matters

Session 2: Listening

The hardest thing; hearing what's triggered by the gestures you make

Listening to multiple lines – from four to forty parts

Ensemble and tuning – playing at the same time, in the same key

Filling in the gaps – getting to grips with interpretation

Session 3: The Psychology of Rehearsal and Performance

How not to bore yourself – if you’re interested, there’s a chance they will be too

‘One more time, with feeling….’ – unlocking performers’ passion for the music

Fear and freedom – creating an atmosphere in which risks can be taken

Synthesis – how to do nine things at the same time

Wendy Imperato

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029 2071 1787

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Mary Chapman

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