We come to each rehearsal with various objectives, numerous musical ideas, and a plan to achieve those goals. As we progress through the rehearsal, are we teaching at the students or are we teaching and working with them?
The vocabulary of non-verbal communication skills at our disposal on the podium is a gold mine waiting to be discovered. The gestures we use in our teaching/conducting create another layer of meaning and understanding for our students.
As teachers, we influence our students in many ways. Probably the most influential method is our direct communication with them, both verbal and nonverbal. Don’t forget that conducting is communication!