ConductIT is an open online teaching and learning resource for conducting students and conductors at all levels. Once completed, this website will consist of a comprehensive collection of materials on fundamental topics such as: conducting technique, rehearsal technique, score study, preparation, and personal skill development. Other chapters will be about: career development, professional skills, leadership, artistry, gender issues, and will include a number of interviews with conductors and music business stakeholders. There are also a set of video case studies which illustrate working in various genres and styles. ConductIT is scheduled to publish its complete content in 2021.
One section, an entry-level conducting course – a MOOC of conducting – is already completed and published. The library section is also set up, and additional content will be added here as the project develops.
Who is ConductIT for?
- Music students and musicians who want to develop their knowledge and skills, typically in preparation for formal conducting studies or to become conducting professionals.
- Educators who are active as conductors in their line of work and who wish to develop and further their skills in conducting through continued education. These conductors typically work with community orchestras, bands and choirs, or as educators in primary/secondary education.
- Musicians and the music interested who want to understand more about conducting and conductors, but who do not plan to practise the craft and art of conducting.
- Conducting teachers who wish to find new and innovative ways of engaging their students.
Conductors are key personnel in their organizations. How and what we teach conductors can have a wide-reaching impact. A conductor’s role is fundamentally different from the instrumentalist’s because our “instrument” consists of people. And people – as opposed to instruments – have memory, feelings and distinctly individual needs and goals. Conductors must understand and relate to these and understand relatively complex issues relating to each instrument’s technique and possibilities. Conductors must relate to, understand and interpret the repertoire and its context. Here, there is no principal difference, but conductors have significantly more material to relate to.
ConductIT is a part of the ERASMUS+ program
KA2 – Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices /
KA203 – Strategic Partnerships for higher education.
The project is funded by Erasmus+