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Conducting Skills: Intermediate

Short study - adults and young people

Introduction

Whether you work with school bands, community groups or amateur musicians, this course will teach you important conducting techniques which will help you to get the most out of your ensembles.

Using a mixture of lecture demonstration, practical exercises and discussion, students can develop and refine basic skills, including communicative gestures and rehearsal technique.

Led by expert Nigel Boddice MBE, this is a practical, hands-on introduction to the art of conducting.

By the end of the course students will have:

  • learned the foundations of directing in the art of baton technique
  • clarified simple beating patterns
  • begun to appreciate the value of the preparation beat
  • started to incorporate simple stylistic gestures
  • gained an introduction to role of the left hand

Students will have the opportunity to put their new skills into practice working with a string quartet on day one and a full wind orchestra on day two.

If you wish to book a place as an Observer, please e-mail: lifelong@rcs.ac.uk

Introduction

Whether you work with school bands, community groups or amateur musicians, this course will teach you important conducting techniques which will help you to get the most out of your ensembles.

Using a mixture of lecture demonstration, practical exercises and discussion, students can develop and refine basic skills, including communicative gestures and rehearsal technique.

Led by expert Nigel Boddice MBE, this is a practical, hands-on introduction to the art of conducting.

By the end of the course students will have:

  • learned the foundations of directing in the art of baton technique
  • clarified simple beating patterns
  • begun to appreciate the value of the preparation beat
  • started to incorporate simple stylistic gestures
  • gained an introduction to role of the left hand

Students will have the opportunity to put their new skills into practice working with a string quartet on day one and a full wind orchestra on day two.

If you wish to book a place as an Observer, please e-mail: lifelong@rcs.ac.uk

Course outline

This course introduces you to the principles of conducting. Regular, simple beating patterns will be the starting point, followed by an exploration of symmetry, weight and tempi connections, including metronome work, to underpin the preparation beats. Gestures to control speed, volume, legato and staccato will then be discussed, practised and transferred to the podium. Independence for the left hand will also be introduced in order to support phrasing, dynamics and signalling.

The course will be a combination of individual and group work, with opportunities for discussion, feedback, brainstorming (for example, repertoire) and reflection mixed with hands-on participation and coaching.

A final re-cap and chance to share ideas on this experience and comment on the practical side of directing will close the session.

Financial support



Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Lifelong Learning courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

Applications are now closed for the Agnes Allan bursary.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact us on 0141 270 8213 or lifelong@rcs.ac.uk and we will be happy to help you. You can also download a FAQs document here: Agnes Allan Bursary FAQs



Indicative schedule

Day 1

  • 9.45am: Welcome
  • 10am: Masterclass with Nigel Boddice
  • 12.30pm: Lunch Break
  • 1.30pm: Practical session working with a string quartet
  • 4.30pm: Evaluation session

Day 2

  • 10am: Masterclass with Nigel Boddice
  • 12.3opm: Lunch Break
  • 1.20pm: Practical session working with a wind orchestra
  • 4.30pm: Evaluation session
  • 5pm: Finish

Entry requirements

Students of this course will preferably have experience of amateur band conducting and Grade 8 or above musical qualifications.

However, it is also open to teachers looking to gain some new skills in community band conducting.

Preparing for your course

You will be sent a set score to prepare in advance for the course.

Please wear loose comfortable clothing and bring a baton.

Short course feedback

“Invaluable. Big ‘thank you’ to Nigel. He was amazing!”Conducting for Ensemble student 2015/16

“It was a very valuable experience which I think will impact my playing and future musical career. It is difficult for young inexperienced people who want to conduct ensembles to actually conduct. This course was an incredible opportunity to challenge myself by conducting a full wind orchestra and a string quartet and learn from a great teacher.” Conducting for Ensemble student 2015/16

“This is the best and most enjoyable learning experience I have had in many years, taken by a thinking analytical tutor who was incredibly helpful and humble. No matter what level of conducting you were at the information was adapted to help you personally improve whilst also challenging your thinking processes and physical skills. A must for anyone remotely interested in conducting at any level from the complete novice to the most experienced!” Conducting for Ensemble student 2015/16

Observer

You can also join this course as an observer, rather than a performer with the observer tuition fee set at £60.

To book your place as an observer please email: lifelong@rcs.ac.uk.

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Offers

Promotional Offers

We offer a selection of promotional offers from 25% off the overall tuition cost for current undergraduate/postgraduate students and staff, to 10% off when two summer schools are booked at the same time.

View a full list of promotional offers here. Contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk to request your code prior to booking a course.

Teaching staff

Nigel Boddice MBE

Nigel Boddice MBE, Hon. ARAM is the former principal trumpet of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. A position held for twenty years [75-95]. Hghlights included solo appearances at the Henry Wood Promenade concerts, chamber work and leading the BBCSSO Brass Ensemble.

For the last few years Nigel has combined teaching duties at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a multitude of engagements conducting bands, youth orchestras and ensembles of every variance, giving him a strong repertoire in several mediums. Appointments in the wind band world have included Chief Conductor for KNMM, NYWES as well as guest appearances worldwide. From this background there has been a natural progression towards adjudicating and examining, for example in New Zealand, Australia, throughout Europe, plus the four corners of the U.K.

For his special association with the young brass musicians of West Lothian, he accepted the inaugural presentation of the Mortimer Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians in London and for his prolific presentation of contemporary music he was honoured by the Scottish Composers Society. In recognition of his input and work with the youth of Scotland generally, and West Lothian in particular, Nigel was awarded the MBE in the 2005 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.