Whenever scheduling permits, I enjoy teaching as a guest at other institutions and courses. In recent years I have developed close links with the University of Stavanger, working with their rapidly growing programme of courses at undergraduate and Masters level, and in the fantastic Dirigentuka course - 100+ conducting students in a week!
Schedules permitting, I take a small number of private students. Typically these are ambitious young conductors studying at undergraduate level in universities or conservatoires, other than the RNCM or Manchester University. I also work with a number of more experienced conductors – some call it an “MOT”.
The format of these lessons varies from student to student, depending on the stage they are at and how much conducting they are actually doing. Ideally it will involve watching videos of the student in rehearsal and performance as well as discussions of scores they might be preparing and a bit of fresh air conducting. I can also arrange professional level rehearsal pianists or student ensembles to work with.
I profess to not being very good at teaching just for the sake of my bank balance, and I do think it is of fairly limited value to take conducting lessons if you are not actually conducting, or have an upcoming audition or course to work towards. Much better that you apply to come on a course I am teaching so that we can meet in an environment where you will be doing some conducting, and take it from there.
However, if you are interested in a one to one consultation please feel free to get in touch.
If meeting face to face is not possible, an increasingly effective option is conducting lessons via distance-learning! You can send me a video file online and I can add a commentary over the file and send it back to you. Easy!