Communication, Leadership & Vulnerability
The Art of Possibility - Ben Zander & Rosamund Stone Zander AU US (these links DONT WORK)
Life changing book by conductor Ben Zander, including many stories about teaching and conducting to illustrate life principles.
Considerations for change in the performance of music. Excellent book focussing on the conductor as teacher, leader, communicator and our imperative to communicate with the audience. See the video resources for a great, inspiring 7-minute video introduction Bud's work.
A motivating book that explores the struggles of great creatives from Tchaikovsky to Marie Curie. Inspiring, entertaining and fun from Australian cartoonist Gavin Aung Than (Zen Pencils).
This book will challenge how you think, behave, teach and lead. Highly recommended.
'How I learned to perform with confidence in life and work' as told through a fictional narrative, interspersed with practical exercises blending neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), mime, hypnosis, psychology and physical training. Many activities here can be led with ensembles or individual students. Read the excellent free sample chapter.
Conducting - Technique & Interpretation
The go-to practical text for conducting technique full of examples from the repertoire and hands-on exercises to build physical technique basics.
Covers everything from score marking to rehearsal planning and repertoire selection.
Musical inspiration for Conductors Playlist inc. Kirrill Petrenko conducting Scriabin Poeme d'Extase
Conducting Bootcamp - My online course covering all aspects of technique, including tempo/time changes, articulation, dynamics, multiple meters plus solutions for many common conducting issues. Split into short videos (<5min) you can dip in and find exactly what you need and incorporate it straight away. See below for more details.
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