Conducting is a multifaceted craft that includes ear training, vocal training, conducting techniques, rehearsal techniques, performance practice, music theory, and music history - not to mention basic leadership and group dynamics. It also can be an art that will consume a lifetime of study and practice. Many people have skills in some of these areas, but it is the rare person who has mastered every facet of this complex craft.
The scope of this book is to address only the physical skills, the one area that most people can master relatively quickly, regardless of their skill level in other areas. Approach the conducting technique as any other musical skill that requires drill and practice, and you're on your way to becoming an effective conductor! Each chapter contains illustrations and diagrams to convey key concepts.