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Comprehensive online orchestra conducting course by Mihhail Gerts

Take your conducting skills to a new level

This unique course offers a thorough, practical skill set of a conductor combined with an interdisciplinary theoretical basis and performance-enhancing techniques.

Mihhail Gerts has compiled the online course from his 20 years of experience in conducting over 50 professional orchestras worldwide. It conveys the essence of his methods alongside systematic reflection on the key aspects of a conductor’s profession.

One-time fee of €990
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 7 takeaways from this course

On your way toWARDS becoming a world-class conductor

  1. Learn scores faster and remember them better over time
  2. Conduct with more precision and expression
  3. Use rehearsal time efficiently
  4. Avoid many basic mistakes
  5. Be relaxed and confident when preparing for important debuts
  6. Perform better in competitions
  7. Develop a healthy routine to manage stressful situations

Conducting course info

Systematized approach covering the full spectrum of a conductor's activity: efficient learning process, conducting technique, rehearsing and performing, communication, psychology, concentration, memory, mind-set and peak-performance, the music business, life principles, post-2020 perspectives and much more. Learn the best practices as well as the mistakes to avoid, taken from the real life experience of a modern conductor.
Lesson example: preparatory beat and its components

Study structure

Over 70 practical video lessons, quizes, and examples of technique.
Introduction (1 video lesson, 6m 36s in total)
– Course and instructor introduction
Score and parts (5 video lessons, 21m 53s in total)
– Choices between different editions
– Critical editions
– Librarians and online tools
– Rental material
– Buying your own set of parts
Learning a score (19 video lessons, 70m 10s in total)
– Creating a time frame
– Cancellations
– Creating a concept
– Concentration
– Structuring the learning process
– Marking the score: equipment layout and tempo
– Marking meter
– Survival mode
– Form
– Harmony
– Marking the entrances
– Reading clefs
– Reading transposed instruments
– Abstraction
– Thorough bass
– Listening to recordings
– Repeating the cycle
– Learning the style
– Forgetting everything
Conducting (6 video lessons, 25m 45s in total)
– Defining conducting
– Internal modelling and identification
– Anticipation
– Conductor's manual tools
– Preparatory beat and its components
– Tempo changes, fermatas, caesuras
Rehearsals (10 video lessons, 36m 26s in total)
– Preparing the rehearsal orders
– Identifying difficult parts
– Starting the rehearsal
– Interruption and the order of addressing
– Main aspects of rehearsing 1: coordination, balance, articulation
– Main aspects of rehearsing 2: intonation and phrasing
– Precise assessment and working in foreign languages
– Different types of instructions
– Conclusions on the chapter of rehearsing
- Anticipating errors and minimizing losses
Performances (4 video lessons, 25m 49s in total)
– Performance and excitement
– Endurance
– Letting it go
– Bonus: Interview with Triin Ruubel-Lilleberg, concert-master of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Music business (5 video lessons, 45m 33s in total)
– A personal note
– Auditions
– Competitions
– Agents and agencies
– Bonus: Interview with Maarit Kangron, chief executive producer of Eesti Kontsert, former artist manager at IMG Artists
Life principles (6 video lessons, 19m 6s in total)
– Mental and physical condition. Developing the routine
– Exclusions and inclusions
– Post-concert cool-down
– Negative effects of sleep-loss
– Enhancing performance while sleeping
– Conclusions on the chapter of life principles
Memory (5 video lessons, 17m 17s in total)
– Short and long-term memory
– Explicit memory
– Implicit memory
– Strengthening the memory. Engaging all senses
– Reducing distractions and conclusions of the chapter
Post-2020 perspectives (12 video lessons, 41m 18s in total)
– Introduction to post-2020 perspectives
– A personal note on a conductor's life pre-2020
– Pre-2020 audience of classical music
– Classical music online
– Contemporary music in a post-2020 perspective
– Effects of a lockdown on conducting skills
– Taking the initiative and convincing people
– Reconnecting with audience
– Principles of programming
– Special topic: acoustic and neuronal latencies in symphony orchestras
– The team
– Final words
One-time fee of €990
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  • Gerts Academy is a unique, extremely thorough and instructive program. It contains a comprehensive spectrum of topic, which every conductor is dealing with on a daily basis, but which are very seldom, if ever, discussed. Being a priceless help for a beginner as well as an advanced conductor, it encourages conductors of all levels to reflect and understand better the profession and the mission of a conductor.
    Kristiina Poska

    KRISTIINA POSKA

    Chief conductor of Flanders Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
  • The online conducting course of Mihhail Gerts is by far the most comprehensive and fascinating masterclass I have attended. Every lesson is filled with knowledge of experience. Gerts shares some of the secrets and maybe the most important tricks of good conductors with great openness. I recommend it to everyone serious with conducting, I have learned more in this masterclass in a very short period of time than my first year in conducting. Its like information in a pill.
    Kerem Tuncer

    KEREM TUNCER

    Student, Hochschule für Musik und Medien Hannover
  • I believe Mihhail Gerts truly understands the actual role of a conductor. Most importantly, his teaching methods actively encourage and support the development of these qualities in the student. From my personal lessons with him at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin I have come to feel much more confident and secure in the role of conducting, gaining the feeling of having had many years of experience after a very short time. This course is a clear distillation of his methods and his advice would be valuable for any young conductor’s development.
    Benjamin A. Voce

    BENJAMIN VOCE

    Student, Barenboim-Said Academy Berlin
  • Mihhail Gerts has created an exciting new platform for aspiring professional conductors. The Academy provides theoretical and practical advice, which has greatly contributed to my development as a young conductor. The unique combination of his 20 years of conducting experience and his understanding of the digital possibilities of our time will provide you with all the necessary tools and knowledge to succeed in the conducting field.
    Luka Hauser

    LUKA HAUSER

    Student, Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler” Berlin

Mihhail Gerts PhD

With 20 years of conducting experience Mihhail Gerts has performed with over 50 professional orchestras such as Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, BBC Symphony, NHK Tokyo and many others. Alongside with guest-conducting orchestras worldwide he is currently teaching conducting and score reading at Berlin Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler and the Barenboim-Said Akademie Berlin.

Gerts has extensive operatic experience having worked from 2007-2014 as a conductor at the Estonian National Opera and from 2015 - 2017 as a 1. Kapellmeister at Theater Hagen, Germany. During these 10 years he conducted over 40 productions of opera, ballet and operetta. He has also been the finalist of the Donatella Flick and Evgeny Svetlanov conducting competitions, as well as the stipendiate of the Dirigentenforum program of German Music Council.

At the initial stage of the career, he was the conductor of the unique Grammy laureate Estonian National Male Choir (2005-2007). He was also music director of various commercial musical productions, which gave him the experience of working in the industry of pop-music and drama theatre.

Having studied the piano and conducting first in the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and later in the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin, he researched the subject of conductor’s mental models during four years of doctoral studies, defending his PhD in 2011.

In 2021 he founded the Gerts Academy – the first online conducting platform, which addresses systematically all the topics related to conducting. 

Mihhail Gerts biography

From the critics

  • His ability to push his ensemble forward, towards a sound density, and a magmatic strength is extraordinary. Behind his expressive and graceful gestures, under his baton, he holds his ensemble with supple authority. 
    ResMusica.com
    Jaques Schmitt
  • “Gerts super, Santa Cecilia idem”. Orchestra dell´Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia was
    excellently conducted by this dynamic and communicative conductor.
    Bresciaoggi.it
  • With astonishing precision, highly expressives gestures and warmth, his conducting was captivating from the first to the last note. Gerts rose completely above the technical challenges of conducting which he solved without easing up on the tension for one second.
    RPonline.de
  • Gerts held the reins of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia very well, proving to be an attentive connoisseur of the pieces performed, clean in his gesture and incisive as an interpreter.
    brescia.corriere.it
  • Mihhail Gerts delivered with Orchestre Philarmonique de Radio France an interpretation of rare eloquence with ample, supple, graceful and precise gestures.
    ResMusica.com
  • Gerts impressed the crowd to such an extent, that many were left hoping for a swift re-invitation.
    Helsingin Sanomat
  • Mihhail Gerts and the orchestra were truly magical. Gerts had a wonderful cool and calm demeanour, the power and passion came so naturally to him with what looked like very little physical effort.
    Delfi.lv
    Ben Lunn

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Frequently asked questions

Who is the course for?
This is a professional course that is meant for conducting students, aspiring conductors, and other people who want to master the profession of conducting. Therefore, experience in and knowledge of classical music and conducting is required.
For how long does the course last?
You can take the lessons online at any time and any place. There is no time limit for completing the course. After successful payement you will have a lifetime access to the course materials. 
What is included in the course?
The course offers online video lectures, quizes to allow the new knowledge to sink in, conducting technique video tutorials, and materials for further individual studies.
What if I am not happy with the course?
We offer 100% money-back-guarantee if the course does not satisfy your expectations. You can request money back during the first 7 days from the purchase if you have not viewed more than 25% of the course content. All we ask is for you to email us your request with feedback on what aspects did not meet your expectations so we could improve.
Do I get a certificate after compliting the course?
If you would like to receive a certificate after completing the course, please make sure you have passed all the course quizes and email us your certificate request by email on info@gertsacademy.com. We will send you a PDF certificate proving that you have completed the Gerts Academy course that you can email or print out.
What if I fail a test?
Don't worry, you can take tests as many times as necessary for free until you pass. 
What payment options do you offer?
You can pay by Visa, Mastercard, American Express cards or Apple Pay. All payments are processed securely by Stripe. Gerts Academy does not get any access to your credit card details.
What is the academic discount and how can I apply?
Gerts Academy offers 50% academic discount price for all current studends of music collages or universities. To apply, please email us  the certificate of study containing the following information: a) which school are you studying at, b) what faculty, c) when did you start your studies. If all checks out you will be sent a discount code to enroll.
Is the enrollment subscription-based or is it a one-time fee?
You only have to pay a  one-time fee and after enrolling you will get a life-time access to the course materials.
Can I get a tax invoice for my payment?
Sure, please send an email at info@gertsacademy.com to request a tax invoice.
Can I gift a subscription to someone?
Yes, you can. Please email us for further information.
What to do if I have issues with payments or taking the course?
We have tried to make signing up and taking this course as straightforward as possible. Yet, if you have any issues please email us at info@gertsacademy.com for assistance.
I have a question that is not listed in this FAQ?
No problem, just send us an email at info@gertsacademy.com.
One-time fee of €990
Act fast! SALE price right now €495
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