Conducting for Better Communication

Graduate Level
Credits / Units

2 or 3

Course Term

Video instruction & assignments
must be completed within
9 months of registration.

Course Code

EDUX 9123

Price Per Credit



Course Description:

Forward Motion Professional Development collaborates with Dr. Ronnie Oliver, Jr. to enhance your ensemble by increasing your ability to communicate from the podium.   Seven video lectures and a series of conducting exercises charge students to raise their bar of conducting clarity through examination of foundational aspects of conducting.  Students may choose to earn an additional credit by studying conducting with Dr. Oliver, or any other Forward Motion conducting teacher, remotely* to receive individualized instruction (*additional fee).  

This course is intended for music educators at any point in their career.  No pre-requisite required.  Students will need internet access to complete online video content available at, basic video recording equipment (such as a cell phone), and basic word-processing skills. 


Course Outcomes:

Students will…

  • Analyze elements of clear conducting gesture for better communication
  • Practice clear, easily understood conducting gestures
  • Share musical ideas nonverbally with their ensemble members
  • Apply best practice gesture techniques to choral pieces
  • Reflect on personal areas of conducting strength and growth


Course Components:

This course includes online video lectures, prescribed comprehension response questions, reflection essays, conducting exercises, and an optional private conducting lesson(s).  All components will be found on  All completed coursework should be submitted online via the interactive Forward Motion module available immediately after registration and sign-in.  Students must receive a passing grade to receive university credit by earning “acceptable” or “excellent” on each assignment rubric.


Forward Motion awards academic credit in partnership with Dominican University of California.  Graduate-Level Extension Semester Credits/Units are primarily used for professional development or salary advancement and are transferable to degree programs only on the approval of the institution being petitioned.  The words credits and units are used interchangeably as geographical locations vary in terminology.  Participants are advised to obtain prior employer approval for use in salary advancement.  Dominican University of California is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).


2 Credits / Units


  • Online video lectures
  • Comprehension response questions
  • Reflection essays
  • Conducting exercises

3 Credits / Units


  • Online video lectures
  • Comprehension response questions
  • Reflection essays
  • Conducting exercises
  • Private conducting lesson (add'l $95 fee)

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