Mastering Time

Like stage magic, conducting is an activity steeped in mystery – many see the results but only a few understand the process. Directed by Jonathan Brett, Mastering Time is a three-part workshop which exposes some of the myths and explains the real processes involved, as well as introducing the practical skills needed to put this knowledge into effective practice.

The class is ideal for those with some conducting experience looking to develop their skills but equally accessible for those seeking to gain initial insight into this fascinating art. The level of participation can be varied to suit everyone, from those who wish only to observe to those who wish to actively develop practical skills.

Mastering Time was first produced in 2016 in collaboration with the Reid School of Music at Edinburgh University and gained extremely positive feedback – key survey results are listed below.

Part I – discussion

Defining the task:

The goals of the conductor
The processes involved – musical and technical, mental and physical

Part II – discussion / practical work

Introduction to conducting technique:

Connecting sound and movement
Practical work

Part III – practical work


The opportunity to find out how it all works in practice in the context of selected repertoire works.

One the highlights of the academic year

Great tutor

I liked the way things were explained step by step, for example what to analyse in a masterscore and how to start to conduct.

The practical side was really helpful

I really enjoyed the “remote control” aspect of the workshop: it was quite nerve wracking to stand up in front of everyone but with Jonathan standing with us and directing our arms it was easier to relax and experience what it is actually like to conduct properly.

Question Score
How would you rate the following elements?
Quality of information 84%
Structure 78%
Presentation 86%
Teaching 88%
Repertoire 72%
Musicians 80%
Suitability of venue / equipment 80%
Overall, how would you rate the workshop? 84%
How likely is it that you would recommend Conductors’ Academy? 87%

12-14 June 2017 – Edinburgh University

Reid School of Music students can click here to register.