I don’t think that the difficulty of the music will have an effect on how well you conduct, or how well your director thinks you conduct. At least it shouldn’t. Decisions like that should be based on musicianship, leadership skills, a willingness to accept the responsibility, and the clarity of the conducting.
Step one, do not ever try to sabotage someone else’s work, because you know if someone was doing that to you, you’d feel like crap. so just don’t do it.
Step two, consider the possibility that you’re a more valuable player than you are a conductor, and that is nothing to be ashamed about. That’s actually a fantastic thing.
It kinda depends on the circumstances, to be honest. I would say, at face value, that yes, you’re being a little cocky. But that’s because I know what it’s like to be in your shoes. You’re a freshman, you’re young, I haven’t seen you, or your colleagues and competition conduct, so I can’t say if you are actually being cocky or not. But to an outsider it might look like that. SOO just be careful of how you present yourself. Image is a very big part of being a drum major.
Well, like you said. Don’t let it get to you. You are not defined by your section. Prove that you can be a great leader, and if they ask you anything about it, tell them exactly that: That you are not the section as a whole.
If you think you might not want to do it… then don’t.
Being a drum major is something that you need to be 100% invested in, otherwise it will be miserable for you and your ensemble.
So I’m serious. If you think you don’t want to do it, then don’t
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Ok…….So DM auditions are coming up and I’m a freshman. I was just wondering if I do get DM how would I read the score, which I play piano so reading all the parts won’t be a problem, but which part should I focus on to conduct with.
Hey there, friend.
So, something I’ve learned through my endeavors as a music Ed Major is that every part of the score is important. That being said, there’s a great deal of score study involved to decide what’s most important. My best general advice is to look for important pieces of the melody, and countermelodies/accompaniment that we haven’t heard before. Also cues for percussion (especially front ensemble) and parts that go several measures without playing.
This is so important!!!
Well, the best thing I can say is to continue to accomplish great things as a musician, Solo and ensemble, getting out there and gigging on your own, starting small ensembles are good ways to get things going, and will do nothing but help you improve. But most of all, just don’t stress out too much over it. Your director isn’t going to be disappointed if you make a few mistakes because that person should realize that you are new to the drum majoring experience. Ask your director to help you learn instead of trying to do everything all at once all on your own. He should help you out.