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Here you can watch videos made by students from Chetham’s School of Music as they demonstrate and explain how Conducting works.

Conducting is the art of directing a musical performance.  It has been defined as “the art of directing the simultaneous performance of several players or singers by the use of gesture.”  A conductor interprets the score in order to set the tempo, ensure correct entries by ensemble members, and “shape” the phrasing where appropriate.  Conductors communicate with the musicians primarily through hand gestures, usually with the aid of a baton, and may use other gestures or signals such as eye contact.  A conductor usually supplements their direction with verbal instructions to their musicians in rehearsal. 

Below is further information on conducting. These links are just a starting point, although every effort has been made to ensure their quality Chetham’s does not accept responsibility or liability for the individual or company linked.

Explore conducting

Association of British Choral Directors: Young Conductors’ programme

Royal Philharmonic Society supporting Women Conductors

History of conducting
History of conducting 2

Learn to conduct online
Remember that nothing aids progress more than an experienced and knowledgeable teacher and there is no substitute for practice. When choosing a teacher always check qualifications, references, DBS checks and consider a trial lesson. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their approach and ensure you have fun learning your chosen instrument.

10 Fun Facts about Conductors’ Batons

Leonard Bernstein – Great Baton Technique

Get Playing, the BBC’s home for amateur music-making in the UK

Don’t forget to check out your local music shop and music hub as well! 

We have taken every effort to ensure that these links are genuine and useful. However, we do not accept any liability for their content. Following these links will take you out of the Chetham’s Outreach website, at your own risk. This excludes the resources created by us which are identified.