Conducting Bootcamp

Refine your clarity and musicality

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Become a better conductor.

As conductors, we're always working to help our ensembles improve. We know the value our ensemble members get from practice and constant feedback. We spend hours helping them understand the value of regular practice, how to improve their technique and how to learn effectively.
Yet it can be hard for us to prioritise our own practice to improve our conducting. Our precious spare time is spent doing things for our ensembles. Investing in ourselves often takes a back seat.
Even if we do make the time, we might not even know how or what to work on.

Be more confident on the podium.
Maybe you took a college class or workshop a while ago. Do you remember all the content that was covered, or what the instructor looked like when they were demonstrating gestures?

How do you start a piece on beat 2 in 4/4 again?

Wish you could go back in time and watch those lessons as often as you want? With lifetime access to the course, you can watch the instructional videos as many times as you want, whenever you want. You can even rewind to just watch one single gesture.

Or perhaps you've never had any conducting training, but you've been thrust in front of an ensemble as part of your job. Where do you even begin?

With over two and a half hours of video content Conducting Bootcamp gives you the tools to tackle all the most common musical situations and problems, helping you feel more confident and more effective in rehearsals and performances.

Review and refine your fundamentals.

Conducting Bootcamp covers all the material (and much more) covered by a typical semester-long 'Introduction to Conducting' college course. Whether you're dusting off the cobwebs, or learning it for the first time, all the basics are covered. Check out the course content below to see the full details.

Solve real-world problems immediately.

  • Band slowing down?
  • Orchestra not using enough bow?
  • Choir singing with slumped posture?

Using the Musical Issues Index you can easily find the relevant lesson. You can go to any lesson at any time, so you can get what you need, when you need it.

  • Get sore back or shoulders when you conduct?
  • Wish you could stop rocking back and forth?

The Conductor Issues Index helps you find the solutions to common physical problems you might have noticed, but not know how to address.

Solve your nagging issues.

Do you have musical issues that constantly crop up in your rehearsals, time and time again? Perhaps you wish your ensemble would play with more dynamic contrast. Or you've noticed the ensemble always slow down when playing music in 1. Maybe your ensemble always cuts off the last note of every bar, preventing phrases from connecting across the bar line. Or you're wondering how you can help the ensemble to just watch more.

Find the conducting solutions to common musical problems.

Many of these common musical issues can be solved with tweaks to your conducting gestures. The result? Better ensembles, new positive habits, and more efficient rehearsals.

Be more expressive.

We often begin as conductors like musicians - focussing on the nuts and bolts of technique, without having anything musical to say. For a while, this works as we focus on how to wave our stick. But with more experience on the podium, we come up with ideas and emotions we want to express, but we no longer remember the tools and techniques needed to share them.

In the course, you'll discover the basic processes and principles behind each gesture and how it will influence the ensemble's sound. So once you know what sound you want, you'll be equipped with exactly how to show it in your conducting.

More time making music, less time talking.

Great conducting is great rehearsing.

When we can communicate non-verbally with clarity and expression we can rehearse without stopping or talking. Want the trumpets to play less? If you can physically show this, while the music is happening, you can save time that would have been spent stopping and talking about it. This gives everyone more of what they want - time making music.

Conducting Bootcamp helps you not only learn basic techniques, but know how to critique your own conducting and practice your new skills.

Analyse yourself.
When we spend most of our time in our own rehearsal rooms and offices, it can be hard to get any feedback, advice or ideas on how to improve or problem solve.
Conducting Bootcamp helps you learn how to critique your own conducting. You'll find out what to look for, common mistakes, and what clear conducting looks like. You'll be able to watch yourself and have the tools to constantly improve and grow.

Learn on your lunch break, apply it next rehearsal.
We're all busy educators, conductors and musicians, so Conducting Bootcamp lessons are short and sharp. All our videos are under 12 minutes, and most are under 5 minutes. So you can watch it on your lunch break, and apply what you learned immediately.
You can access lessons on a computer, mobile device or tablet so you can sneak in some learning at any time!

Want to try before you buy?
Check out the free previews below to get a taste of Conducting Bootcamp, as well as seeing the full Course Curriculum.

I'm pretty good at most things. I just want to focus on one or two topics.

If you think only part of the course is relevant to you, check out our 4 Conducting Basics courses, which feature only specific topics from Conducting Bootcamp

It's better together

Want to license Conducting Bootcamp for large scale use in your district, school, college or university? Contact us.

Your Instructor

Ingrid Martin
Ingrid Martin

I love helping people become more inspiring, engaging and empowering musical leaders.

My dream is to give you the ideas, tools and skills to create a transformative experience for your ensembles.

Course Curriculum

  Stopping the Sound - Part 1: Releases
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  Stopping the Sound - Part 2: Fermatas and Transitions
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  Using the Left Hand
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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