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SILENCE & CONDUCTING: How does silence function in music?

with Dr. Burak Onur Erdem

European Choral Association, artistic vice-president
International Federation of Choral Music, vice-president

We will explore the conditions that drive student motivation. You will learn how building strong connections and a sense of community can enhance student engagement.

Saturday, June 22nd  (recording available)

9:30am PST // 11:30am CST // 12:30pm EST

8 Areas of Study

We offer classes in the following subjects for Choir, Band, and Orchestra directors.

Each masterclass has free content for everyone to enjoy.

MCA is for people who...

MCA is for people who...

  • Want to take their musicianship to the NEXT LEVEL.

  • Don't want to spend THOUSANDS of dollars on conferences.

  • Have full-time families or careers.

  • Don't have access to in-person graduate programs.

All of our classes are intended to address REAL LIFE problems you as educators face every day. We have masterclasses for improving your conducting gesture, rehearsal technique, vocal and instrumental pedagogy, leadership skills, and stress management.

Proud Collaborators

Music Teacher's Guide
Heckman Batons
Girl Conductor
Oregon Music Educators Association
Music Teacher's Guide
Heckman Batons
Girl Conductor
Oregon Music Educators Association

People who love MCA

Dr. Charlene Archibeque - MCA Professor

"Conductors of all ages and experiences can find solutions to fill in their personal rehearsal/conducting gaps through this amazing one on one program."

Linda Heikkila

"I am so excited about all of this training! I would never have access to this kind of information in such a great format."

Javvieaus Stewart

"There is something for every kind of director to explore on the MCA platform at an affordable price! Every tool and resource is worth implementing!"

Andrea Townsend

"That class brought tears to my eyes.  Sometimes I'm intimidated by how much I don't know and how much there is to learn about music, but today, I was just happily overwhelmed with gratitude for how rich music is. This really re-juiced my batteries emotionally, in the run-up to my December performance marathon."

Keith Lathrom

“I am really enjoying the program so far. Such a diverse resource and I am glad I purchased a subscription."

What is the Modern Conducting Academy?

What is the Modern Conducting Academy?

The Modern Conducting Academy is owned and operated, Dr. Jaclyn Normandie, who was inspired to create the academy after hearing fellow music directors ask, "Where can I find affordable professional development?"

By the age of 33, Dr. Normandie had conducted at national conferences, toured around the globe, lectured in multiple countries, and taught high school, church music, community ensembles, and at the university level. 

But there was still something missing...

She wanted to offer high-caliber education to a larger audience who might not have access to the same level of opportunities.

Membership Features

Membership Features

  • Over 100 hours of content ($4,000 value)

  • 2 LIVE online classes per month ($150 value)

  • 60+ recorded masterclasses

  • Classes for choir, band, & orchestra

  • One-on-one attention

  • Small intimate class sizes

  • 40+ International professors

  • 8 Subjects for curriculum 

World-class Professors

MCA is a living historical archive of educators.

Crystal Stone

“My favorite thing about MCA is that it’s not a huge time commitment. They are incredibly effective masterclasses that you can do any time."

Jacob Boland

“These conducting masterclasses opened an entirely new realm of educational insights and resources that allowed for the re-enhancement of my conducting."

Julie Lowry

"I am extremely impressed with

Modern Conducting Academy and their client service is unmatched."

Tracy Snipstead

"Thanks again for providing these master classes. I feel so much better about spending time and money learning about different aspects of choral conducting."


Over 6o hours of professional development.

Conducting Gesture

Rehearsal Strategies

Vocal Development

Free Masterclass: 5 Secrets to Great Conducting

Free Masterclass:
5 Secrets to Great Conducting

Deepen your gesture, score preparation, and self-awareness to bring out your best musicianship. 

Topics covered include:

  • Your authentic gesture

  • Refining the wrist

  • The power of posture

  • Score marking and preparation

  • Improving left hand independence

Group Memberships

Group Memberships

Would you like your district/ organization to sponsor your membership? We will work one-on-one with them to help support your professional development. 

Private Lessons

Private Lessons

Private coaching available in:

  • Conducting Gesture

  • Score Study

  • Mental Wellness

  • Stress Management

  • Career Goal Development

Scholarship Program

Scholarship Program

Staying true to our mission of accessible education, we have many scholarship members in countries around the world.

Pictured here is the Hope Music Foundation in Uganda, one of our partner charity organizations.

Share Your Expertise 

Share Your Expertise 

Do you have something you would like to share with the musical community? Send us your ideas to create a:

  • Mini Lesson (5-10 minutes)