Orchestral Conducting A

When and Where

18 Sep 2020 - 22 Nov 2020 (45 hours, 9 weeks)
Days and times
Friday 18:00 - 20:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
Waterloo Centre


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee now part of Concession fee

Quick Facts

Paul Sarcich
Course code

What you will learn

A practical course focussing on the building of a clear and reliable conducting technique, with the opportunity to conduct a volunteer orchestra. The course will run on Fridays for 9 weeks. There will also be 4 all-day (10am-5pm) practical workshops, when students will be conducting an orchestra on 4 & 11 October, and 15 & 22 November.

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

This course will be delivered in-centre with social distancing.
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 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. Good basic knowledge of harmony.

What you need to know before you enrol

Conducting is a very physical activity requiring quick score-reading abilities and bodily coordination.
Excellent attendance and punctuality is required from all students. This course requires study/completion of activities outside of class time.
Orchestral sessions this term will be all-day workshops on 4 and 11 October, and 15 and 22 November.

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 'Composition Workshop' and 'Orchestration and Arranging '. Morley College also offers instrumental courses from beginners to advanced. You tutor will advise you individually.