Orchestral Conducting A

When and Where

20 Sep 2019 - 23 Nov 2019 (45 hours, 9 weeks)
Days and times
Friday 18:00 - 20:00
Saturday 10:30 - 13:30
Morley College London


Full fee
£365 Staged Payments available
Concession fee
Senior fee
Senior Fee discount not applicable

Quick Facts

This course has started but late enrolments are accepted.
Paul Sarcich
Course code

What you will learn

A practical course focussing on the building of a clear and reliable conducting technique, with the regular opportunity to conduct the Saturday morning Conductors' Orchestra. The course takes place on Fridays 18.00 - 20.00 and Saturdays 10:30-13:30.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Conduct the main beats patterns in 1,2,3 and 4
  • Subdivide those patterns
  • Understand how to adopt the patterns to irregular metres
  • Understand how to mark up a score

Class format and activities

Learning the use of the body in conducting.
Learning and practicing the main, subdivided and irregular beat patterns; learning to mark up scores.
You will be conducting the orchestra several times during the term.

You will need to follow and contribute to discussions in English.
Music Study can include the use of digital resources such as listening to recordings, watching videos online, using appropriate mobile applications and following Moodle -Morley's virtual learning environment- to enhance your learning inside and outside the classroom.
Music study also offers a range of benefits including being an enjoyable way to enhance wellbeing. Music practice at Morley can also serve to enhance skills relevant for employment including developing creativity, developing high-concentration levels, building self-confidence, working to deadlines, being able to control nerves and working as part of a team.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

Good knowledge of music notation and standard musical terms and symbology
Good understanding of clefs and transposition
Ability to follow an orchestral score.

What you need to know before you enrol

Conducting is a very physical activity requiring quick score-reading abilities and bodily coordination.

What you will need for your class

Baton, notebook

What you can do next

Orchestral Conducting runs throughout the academic year. You may also be interested in any advanced conducting courses or summer schools; working with orchestras and bands.
You may also be interested in any composition course Morley College offers, such as 'Pathways to Composition', 'Composition Workshop' and 'Orchestration and Arranging '. Morley College also offers instrumental courses from beginners to advanced. You tutor will advise you individually.