Choir conducting lessons

Rohan Poldervaart

Intermediate

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Take these intermediate choir conducting lessons with the conducting specialist Rohan Poldervaart!

Choir conducting lessons

Rohan Poldervaart is a music choir conductor specialist. He specialized in rhythmic choral and provides us a dynamic and enthusiastic intermediate course about choir conducting.

In these choir conducting lessons, Rohan Poldervaart and imusic-school invite you to discover six main notions and techniques about conducting: Rhythmical framework, rehearsal technique (in energize mode and in singing mode); the finalization about expression and interpretation; group dynamics and training.

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The main concepts taught

Light and rhythmic choral music

pop / jazz

harmony

rhythmical framework

Rehearsal technique

Group dynamics training

ChapterDetailed Notions

Introduction

Rohan starts with explaining the methods and techniques that he will use during his course.

Rhythmical Framework

This sessions focuses on the rhythmical framework. You will discover many new aspects:

  • physical warm-up: body stretch, exercises to activate the breath support
  • vocal warm-up: how to hold on a long note, sing a melody
  • training stable body: connect the voice to the rest of the body; how to activate the under part: the Afro step, the Gospel step, the Half-time step, and the back beat step.
  • different claps: to connect our under body and upper body; steady groove; underlying groove of the particular step; dividing the whole group into small groups

Rehearsal Techniques

In this chapter, Rohan will teach you how to work with the rehearsal method with:

  • energize mode
  • singing mode
  • use of the air
  • the use of scoops
  • use of prononciation
  • the use of vibrato

Finalize 

Here, you are going to work on the expression and interpretation.

You will sing and train on the song “Up Town Fuck you Up”.

Group Dynamics

In this session, you will work on group dynamics with groove circle. You’ll do funny exercises with claps and pulse.

You will also see more in details the rhythmical approach and will practice with exercises on pace, whole and half-time step, basic steps…

Group Training

This long chapter is dedicated to the group performance and training.

Here, you will work on many aspects such as: communication, concentration, rhythm, melody, group reaction, group leader and management.

You will train thanks to exercises based on different patterns and songs like “Better is one day”.

ChapterDetailed Notions

Introduction

Rohan starts with explaining the methods and techniques that he will use during his course.

Rhythmical Framework

This sessions focuses on the rhythmical framework. You will discover many new aspects:

  • physical warm-up: body stretch, exercises to activate the breath support
  • vocal warm-up: how to hold on a long note, sing a melody
  • training stable body: connect the voice to the rest of the body; how to activate the under part: the Afro step, the Gospel step, the Half-time step, and the back beat step.
  • different claps: to connect our under body and upper body; steady groove; underlying groove of the particular step; dividing the whole group into small groups

Rehearsal Techniques

In this chapter, Rohan will teach you how to work with the rehearsal method with:

  • energize mode
  • singing mode
  • use of the air
  • the use of scoops
  • use of prononciation
  • the use of vibrato

Finalize 

Here, you are going to work on the expression and interpretation.

You will sing and train on the song “Up Town Fuck you Up”.

Group Dynamics

In this session, you will work on group dynamics with groove circle. You’ll do funny exercises with claps and pulse.

You will also see more in details the rhythmical approach and will practice with exercises on pace, whole and half-time step, basic steps…

Group Training

This long chapter is dedicated to the group performance and training.

Here, you will work on many aspects such as: communication, concentration, rhythm, melody, group reaction, group leader and management.

You will train thanks to exercises based on different patterns and songs like “Better is one day”.

A word from our teachers

Important pillars for him as a conductor: Let ego be independent of your musical choices, performances and collaborations. Everything that is intrinsically motivated succeeds better than on ego. Do not compare other conductors (and their work) too much with yourself; often you become insecure because you always see qualities with the other person that you would like to have yourself. On the other hand, be critical of your own development. Stay eager to learn about the different methods of creating music, and be inspired by your singers and colleagues.