Three Considerations for the Young Conductor

Dr Barry Kraus

For young directors, the vast responsibilities related to instrumental teaching leave little time to continue development of conducting technique. However, this skill set is invaluable in teaching effective habits to our students.

As veteran teachers know, conducting skill increases through frequent interaction with a live ensemble, and an observant teacher becomes aware that the resulting ensemble sound, individually and collectively, is closely linked to what the students perceive from the podium.