Top 10 signs of a conductor

At this season’s conferences, you’ll be surrounded by other music educators. In day-to-day life, however, it can be tough to spot your fellow directors. Here’s a list of key indicators that you’re in the presence of another conductor.

Conductor Hair Game

Serious hair game


Talks With Hands

Talks with his or her hands.


Magnetic Board - chopin liszt

Owns several music pun items.


Office Sheet Music

Office decor theme is sheet music – everywhere.



Has a calendar with nary a free weekend.


Conductor Wardrobe

Wardrobe is made up of black, black, and more black.


Dramatic Facial Expression

Exaggerated facial expressions are the norm.


Exaggerated Facial Expressions

. . . as is dramatic body language.


Strong Opinions

Strong opinions on batons, podiums, and stands.


Conductor Making Music

Is happiest when making music.


The author acknowledges that this list is neither exhaustive nor indicative of every conductor . . . but thinks you’ll at least relate to a few of these items. If not, just ask your students!

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Article written by Sarah Wyland

Sarah Wyland
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