Forget Maestra. Meet Conductrix

Forget Maestra. Meet Conductrix


norman lebrecht

March 28, 2016

We told you last week why ‘Maestra’ is no longer a respectable form of address.

So meet Conductrix.

It’s a video game that can, supposedly, teach anyone how to conduct.


It says: Conductrix will include tutorials on basic beat patterns and gestures; how to communicate articulations, cuing, dynamics, and tempo changes; and other tools and information to assist people in figuring out their own conducting style.

“I’m absolutely opposed to elitism and keeping people out… I think that enabling people to express their musical spirits, lets them be their best selves.”

More here.


  • RW2013 says:

    So that’s where she learned how to do it…

  • Brian Hughes says:

    “This will be the real deal.” It’s obviously just going through the motions. Of course, that’s all we conductors do: gyrate until the music stops, turn around and bow. Absolutely nothing to do with the study of the score, style periods and composers’ places within them, etc.

    Sorry, but this is appalling.

    • Arkel says:

      In the documentary Lang-Lang / Harnoncourt the latest says ‘do not call anyone maestro to the exception of hairdressers!’

    • Eddie Mars says:

      Brought to you by the same people who think that the engine of a car takes up valuable space that could have been used for luggage.

  • Michael says:

    It’s also possible as conductors have the easiest job in an orchestra.