Conductors for Change
Our innovative Conductors for Change programme offers music teachers, music leaders and some of our young NOFA members the opportunity to receive training and support, with a particular focus on conducting, arranging and planning rehearsals.
From 2013-16, OFA has been working specifically with Teach First participants working as music teachers in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the country. Workshops led by Artistic Patron and Head of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music Sian Edwards, Artistic Director Marianna Hay and composer-in-residence Nathan Theodoulou, have explored conducting techniques, rehearsal planning and delivery and improving general musicianship skills across the cadre of Teach First music teachers.
We plan to open up the Conductors for Change workshops to the general public, so as to allow greater access to those interested in improving their skills in setting up, planning and leading music ensembles. Interested? Sign up below and we will keep you informed of the workshops as and when they are announced.
Your email address
Your telephone number
How did you hear about NOFA Conductors for Change?
Current or past Teach First participant
NOFA Modulo Leader
NOFA staff member or volunteer
What would you be interested in learning through our programme?
Knowing how to help ensemble members improve musical aspects of their performance during rehearsals
Knowing how to conduct a clear beat in a variety of time signatures
Knowing how to bring group members in and indicating the end of a phrase or the piece
Knowing how to express dynamics through conducting gestures
Knowing how to plan rehearsals and rehearsal objectives
Having a clear idea of what the group should achieve in the rehearsal and feeling able to lead a successful rehearsal
Knowing how to build, cultivate and develop a musical ensemble
What is your experience of conducting and/or leading ensembles?
I currently conduct a musical ensemble or choir
I previously conducted a musical ensemble or choir
What is your current position in music?
I am a classroom music teacher
I am a peripatetic/freelance music teacher
I am a trainee music teacher
I am a music manager/leader of other music teachers
I am a musician/conductor
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