Marin Alsop’s Classic FM Conducting Masterclass: An introduction to conducting

10 August 2015, 16:53

Marin Alsop is one of the world’s best conductors. And starting today, she’ll be presenting a series of video masterclasses exclusively for Classic FM on all aspects of conducting, from how to use the baton to that iconic big finish. But today, we begin at the beginning. Batons at the ready…

Watch the other instalments of Marin's masterclass here >

What is conducting?

Marin takes us by the hand and starts at the top by asking a simple question… with a complex answer.

The baton and how to use it

Why do conductors use a baton? Why do some just use their hands? And what difference does it make to the music? Marin is here to help…


We'll be posting another instalment of Marin Alsop's Classic FM Conducting Masterclass next Monday – when she'll be tackling the tricky question of beating different time signatures. Watch this space…

Classic FM Apps

Get the Classic FM app for iPhone, iPad and Android - now with HD audio

music nerd

10 things you do when you're a massive classical music nerd

Meerkat falling asleep to music theory class

This meerkat falling asleep to a music theory class is such a happy sight

game of thrones musical notation

Musical terminology, illustrated by Game of Thrones