The 4 Cornerstones of a Great Conductor’s Podium

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The 4 Cornerstones of a Great Conductor’s Podium

August 16, 2019

conductor podium

Having a conductor’s podium for your music program can provide great benefits. It will improve sightlines and allow for better communication between performers and the conductor. These will make for better performances overall.

When deciding on a podium, there are four key things that make a great one.

Mobile

Choirs often perform in different locations. They may just be moving between the practice room and performance area or they may be on tour.

conductor podium wheel

For this reason, it’s important to have a podium that’s easy to transport. The easiest and most effective way to accomplish this is to have wheels on the unit like in the photo above.

Safety

Safety is important for any equipment that’s part of your music program. When it comes to your podium, there are two primary things that help to make it safe.

conductor podium rail

A back rail, whether it’s built-in or attachable, will help to prevent the director from taking that one extra step backwards and falling into the front row of the audience.

Sturdiness is also a vital component when it comes to safety. A sturdy platform will help to prevent accidental falls that can potentially occur when using a wobbly podium.

Quiet

During both practice and the concert, the focus should be on the performance. For that to happen, a quiet podium and risers are needed. A quiet podium is sturdy and well-built, so these are two things you need to be looking for.

If your podium is noisy, everyone involved will be focusing on whatever noise it’s making which will make the event less of a success.

Spacious

conductor podium

The fourth and final cornerstone of a great conductor’s podium is that it should be spacious. You should be able to turn and move as you need to while directing your band, choir, or orchestra rather than being restricted to only what the podium will allow you to do. The podium, like in the image above, should offer a wide front instead of being a square. This gives you more range of motion so that you can conduct more effectively.

Conclusion

When buying equipment like a conductor’s podium for your music program, many different factors should be taken into consideration so that you’re getting the products that will help both you and your students be successful. A mobile, safe, quiet, and spacious podium will do just that.

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