Conducting academy – Annual training – art of conducting

July 11 to 20, 2019 – Ste Consorce (Lyon ‐ France)

To conduct : leadership, expertise, charisma

Content and specific training

A pedagogy oriented around a strong axis

the development of the conductor’s knowledge and personality



Medellin - Colombia

January 6 to 13, 2020


Lyon - France

July 9 to 18, 2020


Academy 2019

IMG_2124This course provides a entire work on the development of key components needed to conduct an instrumental or vocal band: gesture technic – Group Psychology – Self-knowledge– Scores Analisis – Orchestration and Organology.

This training is responding tonumerous and diverse demands, to conduct, to work with:

An orchestra of students (junior training orchestra for cycles..), A junior school(instrumental ensembles for auditions, concerts), Chamber music, band, symphony orchestra, choir, master’s degree, Musical training class, etc …

Training in conducting technics is above all a custom work organized with different fundamental workshops: the body language, pedagogy, analysis, harmony, orchestration, human communication, etc….

The pleasure of learning how to conduct an orchestra is, at first, to follow a rich and complete training. It is a time of selfdiscovery that constitute the wealth of the musical language. The approach and the work of conducting involve a global vision of some aspects of music studies.

Finally, a deep personal development work: develop self-knowledge qualities, communication, charisma, listening, understanding of others, of human dynamics, manage emotions, stage fright, artistic sensibility….

For this training, we ensure a constant balance between teaching theory and teaching practice.

Important: personalization of content. This course offers a job for every participantaccording to: their personal musical level, their human and musical experiences and, ofcourse, their own goals. After a personal review, the student and the teaching staff, prepare and manage his own learning during the course.

Our philosophy

This course provides a entire work on the development of key components needed to conduct an instrumental or vocal band:
gesture technic – Group Psychology – Self-knowledge– Scores Analisis – Orchestration and Organology.

Beginner and advanced level

The teaching principles

IMG_2575This training is focused around various educational activities, such as:

  • Of course practical and theoretical.
  • Exchanges, discussions, self-critical, discussions between trainees and coaching
  • A skills review at the beginning and at the end of the course.
  • Meetings with expert speakers and mentoring by professional conductors


For the conductor skills development, the work content is divided in two complementary lines defined during the different types of workshops:



  • Interpersonal communication,
  • Charisma,
  • Study of repeat behavior
  • So knowledge
  • Teaching in the direction:
  • The role of the leader in terms of its mission,
  • Build learning a piece,
  • Management of musicians (section leader, coaching, soloists ….)
  • Personal Management (stress, mental, memory, preparation …)
  • Time Management (rehearsal, concert)
  • Philosophy and social dimension of the role of the conductor (with its musicians and the social environment)


  • Job gesture: Basic gestural, motor development, link between gesture and listening,
  • Working communicative energy.
  • Communication Principle “transmitter / receiver”
  • Management of the space / time
  • Orchestration: basic principles, knowledge of instruments (own techniques, acoustic principles)
  • Writing Work on works, applied organology,
  • Work adaptations and arrangements …
  • Study and Analysis of the partition:
    gestural analysis
    harmonic analysis,
    Thematic analysis …
  • Performance hearing individual. Working harmonic and melodic hearing, relative and absolute development of hearing …
  • Rhythmic Individual performance, work on the pulse (absolute and relative), change tempos, equivalencies, measurement, subdivisions, polyrhythms, compounds rhythms, irregular steps….

Training progress

It is requested to students conductors come with the complete equipment of several (minimum two) pieces for orchestra of choice (orchestration “homemade” or  orchestration of publishers). Attention orchestral training is evolving every year, it is appropriate to provide equipment that is adaptable.

The work is a mixture of workshops, group lessons, individual work and orchestra rehearsals.
A sample day (The day’s program is suitable and available nightly depending on the evolution of the labor day, students are divided into groups that can be modified according to the evolution of trainees):

  • 8:30 / 9:30: Roundtable (analysis and balance sheet management work done the day before, prepare the work and objectives
    of the day …)
  • 9:30 / 10:45: basic workshops (gestural, harmony, orchestration, music history, organology or analysis)
  • 10:45 / 11:45: Joint Workshop (choir, orchestra)
  • 14H / 16H: basic workshops in groups (gestural applied with an instrumental ensemble, basic gestural, harmony, orchestration, analysis, or personal work)
  • 4:30 p.m. / 6:30 p.m.: Additional workshops(teaching, musical culture, psychology ..)
  • 8:30 p.m. / 11 pm : orchestra rehearsal. Every evening trainees lead the orchestra which consists of all participants (training of 20 to 30 people, according to the inscriptions) in order to direct application of the preparation work for the day.

The last day of the course, a closing concert features the work of conductors (only students who will be judged ready to lead by the artistic leaders of the course): friday 19 at 8:30 pm

The workshops

The workshops proposed bases are:

  • TACKLING A SCORE? The Analysis: Consider its historical context, understanding and discover the structure of the work, define the style, interpretation and rehearsal work, harmonic analysis, thematic, orchestral, etc …
  • HOW TO HEAR A SCORE? Harmony: Framing the Issues tones, modulations to understand the speech of a musical phrase, understand the relationship between singing, accompaniment, harmonic functions, etc …
  • HOW TO SUBMIT A SCORE? The gestural: the role of gesture, the technical gesture, the limits of movement, etc …
  • HOW TO RING A SCORE? Orchestration: Know the instruments,stamps, writing techniques for orchestra, teaching means to advance his musicians, etc …

In addition to this work, students will have music workshops annexes that enrich their vision and role of musician.

  • MUSICAL CULTURE: listen and know the styles, eras and composers that have marked the history of music.
  • PEDAGOGY: addressing bases on education because a good conductor must also be a good teacher.
  • PSYCHOLOGY: understand the various factors of human behavior (emotion, fright, authority, listening, etc …) that is found in the work of the conductor.

Teaching staff

Philippe Fournier (Professor at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris) assisted by Francesc Llongueres and Jean-Pierre Prajoux.

And punctual external stakeholders participation, on specific workshops: Patrick Roger (Sofrologie), Florent Gilfaut (computer music), Lynda Charfaoui (pedagogy and personal development) and the conductors, Max Desmurs, Camilo Giraldo Duque, Samuel Couffignal, Corinne Poulain, Thibaud Perron, Mehdi Lougraïda.

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