Become A Master Conductor Leading Musicians Made Simple TUTORIAL

By | August 8, 2022

Become A Master Conductor Leading Musicians Made Simple TUTORIAL

Become A Master Conductor Leading Musicians Made Simple TUTORIAL

Learn how to conduct ensembles of any size or instrumentation using multiple carefully curated exercises and techniques

What you’ll learn:

  • Master conducting fundamentals for any ensemble setting
  • Learn how to interpret scoring and phrases
  • Conduct practically and artistically
  • Gain left hand independce
  • Increase your ensembles responsiveness
  • Conduct dynamics, tempo changes, fermatas, you name it

A conducting baton is helpful but not necessary


Learn how to pull every ounce of musicality from yourself and your ensemble with MusicProfessor’s Conducting Foundations course. In this series, Dr. John Zastoupil covers numerous exercises that will help you master hand independence, phrasing, dynamic contrast, subdivision, and numerous other topics. No matter what type or size of ensemble you conduct, this course will truly help you perfect your conducting style and prowess.

And save money while you study with us! Private lessons are expensive. MusicProfessor’s Percussion course provides an entire year’s worth of lessons, for a fraction of the cost, and at your own convenience.

Join over 18,000 MusicProfessor students and begin your studies today!


Over 40 individual lessonsLearn how to select and hold a batonCover relaxed but commanding postureControl your entire range of motion, from your feet to your headDiscover how all of your bodies hinges effect expressionEmphasize multiple stylistic motionsApply style and musicianship to any phrase or patternMaster numerous advanced techniques like dead beats, subdivision, pauses, releases, tempo changes, and more!

MusicProfessor’s curriculum is used in nearly 100 schools and school districts throughout the United States and by more than 18,000 students and music teachers throughout the world. Nowhere else can you find the level of detail and professional instruction of MusicProfessor’s curriculum.

Fulfill your musical destiny by enrolling today!


“Starting with body alignment – brilliant. Must have had Alex. tech.”

-Kari Kirk

“Well organized. well explained. Clear. Concise. Really helpful. A lot of content in a short course.”


“This course is helping me so much! I’m a choir conductor, not a band conductor, but I’m finding that these techniques are very applicable, and are transforming the way I conduct. I have been able put them into practice immediately as I learn them. I highly recommend this for anyone looking to become a more confident, relaxed, and effective conductor. Also, I find myself with less aches and pains at the end of the day because I’m holding my body in a more aligned and natural position.”

-Alfonso Maribona


Dr. John Zastoupil is the Associate Director of Bands and lecturer in Music Education at the University of Texas Arlington. In this position, he conducts the Symphonic Band, Symphonic Winds, oversees aspects of the athletic band program and teaches courses in music education and conducting. John serves as an active guest clinician, adjudicator, and conductor for bands and orchestras throughout the United States.

John earned his Doctor of Music in Wind Conducting from Northwestern University. In Evanston, he served as a conducting associate with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Brass Ensemble as well as assisting with conducting classes. In addition, he was an adjunct instructor in the School of Music.

Prior to Northwestern, John served as the Associate Director of Bands and Director of the Marching Band at Eastern Michigan University. His responsibilities included conducting the Symphonic Band, teaching undergraduate courses in conducting and band arranging, as well as overseeing all aspects of the athletic band program. While at Eastern, he served as a three-time host to the Bands of America Regional Marching Contest, was inducted as an honorary member of the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, and was named Outstanding Lecturer in Classroom Instruction at EMU in 2009.

A native Texan, John earned a Master of Music degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Michigan, and while in Ann Arbor, held the position of Music Director with the Michigan Pops Orchestra for the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Zastoupil received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baylor University, taught in Eanes ISD at Westlake High School and Hill Country Middle School in Austin, TX, andis a former student of the Aspen Music Festival and School.

His professional affiliations include the College Music Society, College Band Directors National Association, Music Educators National Conference, Texas Music Educators Association, Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and honorary membership in Kappa Kappa Psi.
John, his wife Jennifer, and their daughter Jordan reside here in Arlington, TX.

This course has been provided by MusicProfessor, an online music education company.


Section 1: The Basics

  • Lecture 1 Introduction
  • Lecture 2 How the Bag Works
  • Lecture 3 Who’s Leading Who
  • Lecture 4 The Baton
  • Lecture 5 Set Up for Success
  • Lecture 6 Flow of Time
  • Lecture 7 Three Parts of Motion
  • Lecture 8 Hinges and Planes
  • Lecture 9 Painting the Wall
  • Lecture 10 Conclusion

Section 2: The Laban Theory of Movement

  • Lecture 11 Introduction
  • Lecture 12 Laban Theory of Movement – Dance
  • Lecture 13 Flick – Staccato
  • Lecture 14 Dab – Tenuto
  • Lecture 15 Slash – Accent
  • Lecture 16 Punch – Marcato
  • Lecture 17 Laban Theory of Movement – Song
  • Lecture 18 Float – Slurred
  • Lecture 19 Glide – Slurred + Tenuto
  • Lecture 20 Press – Crescendo and Decrescendo
  • Lecture 21 Wring – Intense Expression
  • Lecture 22 Combining Dance Gesutres
  • Lecture 23 Combining Song Gesutres
  • Lecture 24 Combining Both Styles
  • Lecture 25 Review

Section 3: The Pattern Serves the Music

  • Lecture 26 Introduction
  • Lecture 27 The Pattern Serves the Music
  • Lecture 28 Patterns in 4
  • Lecture 29 Patterns in 3
  • Lecture 30 Patterns in 2
  • Lecture 31 The Importance of Beat 1
  • Lecture 32 Hypermeter
  • Lecture 33 Subdividing Time
  • Lecture 34 Asymmetrical and Mixed Meter
  • Lecture 35 Review

Section 4: Advanced Fundamentals

  • Lecture 36 Introduction
  • Lecture 37 Prep Beats and Cues
  • Lecture 38 Dead Beats
  • Lecture 39 Gesture of Syncopation
  • Lecture 40 Melded Gestures
  • Lecture 41 Releases
  • Lecture 42 Fermatas
  • Lecture 43 Tempo Changes
  • Lecture 44 Left Hand Independence
  • Lecture 45 Review
  • Lecture 46 How to Practice
  • Lecture 47 Final Lesson

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