Conducting music is an art form just as much as ballet, acting, or sculpting. Learning how to communicate musical expression in your conducting broadens your artistic pallette, which benefits your ensembles immensely.
Musical expression includes dynamics (how loud or soft the ensemble is playing or singing), phrasing, energy, intensity, and articulation.
Conductors communicate musical expression through their entire body, but most especially through their hands, face, and their baton (if they are using one). Check out this short video for more information and hands-on practice conducting various types of musical expression.
Take time to practice on your own to feel comfortable conducting with expression. An easy way to see what your audience or ensemble sees is to practice in front of a mirror. For additional conducting how-to videos, check out Teton Music’s free training videos.