NEW DATE: Forces in Music // Masterclass with Monica Buckland

Conductor & Educator

Exploring the body’s engagement with sound, space and movement.


A masterclass by and with an internationally recognised conductor, educator and communications trainer, exploring the expressive and communicative capacities of music making.

Monica Buckland originally trained as an opera conductor but has gone on to enjoy a wide-ranging career. Besides conducting orchestras, ballet, and even the backing orchestra for a rock group, she has worked in higher education, not only teaching aspiring conductors but also working across genres with dance and theatre arts. Monica is currently Adjunct lecturer at UNSW in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

What happens when musicians ditch the written parts and find a way to communicate the essence of the music itself? Over many years of work with orchestral players, singers, conducting students and others, Monica has developed a unique way of exploring the body’s engagement with sound, space and movement. Lying somewhere between the art of improvisation, conducting, and communication skills, the masterclass will give participants a chance to listen differently, to develop their ability to draw out the music within themselves, in a way that enriches their own practice as musicians and performers.

This masterclass will take the form of a presentation (lecture and/or performance) by our invited guest followed by related performances among the UNSW student cohort. In this case Monica looking to involve a wide musical cross section. There is no need to prepare a piece. As she says the people I’d hope to involve are musicians (of whatever genre) who are willing to listen, and to try something new.’

At the end of the presentation there will be time for questions, feedback and discussion.

The Forces in Music Masterclasses supports students specialisations, but everyone is welcome from the wider UNSW community and beyond!

Forces in Music convenor, Alister Spence
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