Sunday, 17 February 2008

Personal practice

Growth of consultancy

Some conductors have moved on from looking for jobs provided by others and have set up their own personal practices in which they are beholden to nobody and direct their practice how they will. I’ve recently noticed the existence of three small-scale, conductor-run operations in England. There may well be others joining a by now extablished tradition around the world.

Path for the Disabled

The most recent is Erzsébet Gordon’s consultancy service for children and adults based in Exeter. Her practice has been reported twice in the local press within the last five weeks, demonstrating a useful flair for publicity, and has established a presence on the Internet.

Two other recent consultancies

Already up and running are consultancies based in the Wirral and Rotherham, opened by Lászlo Szögeczki (Independent Conductive Services) and Gábor Temleitner respectively. Both offer services for children and adults.

Nothing new under the sun

Such operations need not be small-scale, nor restricted to a single country in their operation. Both Judit Szatmáry’s Conductive Education Support Services based in England and Agnes Borbély’s Moira based in Hungary operate on a world-wide scale and trace their roots back to the early internationalisation of Conductive Education.

More recent, and aimed at North America, is Judit Roth’s Cerebral Palsy Solutions

For the future

Such operations require little initial capitalisation, and are as free from bureaucracy as you can get nowadays. A new generation of conductors is gaining practical experience and not all of them are wanting to work according to ways that are already acquiring set ways of doing things under conductors a few years older but unlikely to move on and make way for the next wave coming up. It could be that more conductors in future will be exploring independent commercially based practice – with yet further implications how such practice might go on to develop.
And a precedent from the past…

I believe that some traditionalists have a real problem with ‘private practice’. It should be remembered, however, that in a world that was very different from our own, much of András Pető’s initial work in Hungary was a sort of private practice. .

Notes and references

Musical class helps children, Exeter Express and Echo, 12 January 2008

Stroke patients find movement, Exeter Express and Echo, 15 February 2008

Conductor consultancies

Erzsébet (Majorovicz) Gordon’s Path for the Disabled

Lászlo Szögetszki's Independent Conductive Education Services

Gábor Temleitner

Judit Szatmáry’s Conductive Education Support Services

Agnes Borbély’s Moira

Judit Roth’s Cerebral Palsy Solutions

Earlier item on private-sector Conductive Education
Sutton, A (2008) Commercial sense in Conductive Education, 18 January

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