Learn conducting by Zoom for $200 an hour

Learn conducting by Zoom for $200 an hour


norman lebrecht

December 06, 2020

An enterprising agency is offering a conducting course online with the distinguished Neeme Järvi.

It costs 200 Euros for 50 minutes, with a minimum requirement of 4 or 6 lessons.

Details here.



  • Anon says:

    Well, which one is it? 4 or 6?

    • Sir David Geffen-Hall says:

      It’s six if you want to get the official diploma as a PDF for when you are applying for the music directorship of the New York Phil.


    Presumably the course guarantees the conductorship of a major orchestra!!!!!!!!

  • marcus says:

    Blimey. He surely does need the money that badly?

    • Mary H. says:

      Really? It’s about the money? As a music aficionado, one would think you would actually appreciate the quality of music and educational opportunities during a global pandemic rather than seek out an economic reprieve. How cynical and sad for you.

  • If for this price I can conduct Sibelius 2 with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra like he did it’s not expensive but I don’t want to use Zoom.

  • V. Lind says:

    What will he be teaching — baton-waving? I attended a conducting course and at every stage one had to work with live musicians.

    What can he possibly demonstrate, or test?

    • Gustavo says:

      Josef Zook

    • ian parkes says:

      i would sooner pay 200 euros to have conducting lesson with javi than say john axelrod 250 dollors per lesson anyway his sons oviously learnt alot both very successful

      • Gustavo says:

        I would pay far more than 200 to be able to conduct like Neeme Järvi for just a single day.

        Let it be Nielsen Helios, Prokofiev Sinfonia concertante, Tubin No. 3.

      • Jeremy Gold says:

        Dear Mr. Parkes,
        Thank you for the publicity for http://www.conductorsmasterlcassonline.com. I might add that the masterclasses offered since March 2020 are private and cost $150, not a zoom class with additional active and passive participants. Only private lessons with specific student requests and needs are $250 . Additionally, other lessons regarding career conversations or concerto accompaniment range from 50- 100.
        The majority of the many students taught by Maestro Axelrod are at a professional level, including first prize winner of the 2020 Nikisch competition and others who have started their own orchestras or secured positions or engagements as a result of their study.

        Let it be noted that studying with Maestro Jaarvi would be a privilege. And I might add that it is a pity other conductors of such experience have not taken advantage of the available technology to provide such masterclasses during this long period of closure and cancellations. Even conductors must continue to practice their craft.

        Let us hope that what Axelrod and Jaarvi are doing may result in an increase in online conductorial teaching by other Maestri.

        Best wishes, Jeremy Gold,
        CMO administration.

    • Marfisa says:

      It might be interesting to audit the 6-lesson course on the Brahms symphonies, only €200, according to the Course Application. If it was just baton-waving, you could ask for your money back!

    • Mary H. says:

      Baton-waving is exactly what is happening everywhere. Do conductors now really know the score and demonstrate a deep knowledge of music they are recreating on stage? It is more than adding a pulse to a pantomime… I would rather listen to this course with the great maestro Jarvi just to hear his experience.

  • Richard Shaw says:

    For the right musicians, this could be a wonderful, life-changing opportunity. Jarvi is a very fine conductor and musician…

    • Gustavo says:

      It would have to be a non-commercial scholarship.

      The right candidate may not have 200 bucks per hour to just chat with the Maestro.

      Music starts where words fail.