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Systematic, practical, and thorough, Basic Techniques of Conducting offers a clear instructional strategy and a basic methodology for teaching the physical gestures and concepts essential for the development of a convincing conducting technique. Taking a competency-based approach, this text provides a clear, step-by-step system for mastering the physical gestures required for good conducting. Paying special attention to the psychomotor skills needed for clear and expressive conducting, it establishes a solid foundation on which to build an advanced and personal conducting style.
Based on ten years of teaching and class-testing, the text is carefully organized to establish essential conducting skills over a one-semester period. Each of the thirty lessons introduces basic conducting techniques in a developmental sequence, and includes a review of previous techniques, "guided practice" segments for group practice of new techniques, and "assignment" sections for independent study and practice.
The text is fully illustrated with many conducting diagrams, photographs of hand and body movements, and numerous musical examples for directed conducting practice. Emphasizing complete musical examples rather than short excerpts, it features both choral and instrumental exercises for drill and practice. Engaging and accessible, Basic Techniques of Conducting offers all of the content necessary to build a solid foundation of conducting skills for all vocal and instrumental music education majors.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195099379
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/13/1997
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 449,994
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth H. Phillips is a professor of Music and Education at The University of Iowa. He is the author of Teaching Kids to Sing (1992), Teaching Kids to Sing Video Series and Teaching Kids to Sing Exercise and Vocalise Cards (1994). He conducts the Chamber Singers of Iowa City and the Cedar Rapids Symphony Children's Discovery Chorus.

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Table of Contents

Lesson 1
The Study of Conducting
Class Organization
Course Requirements
Lesson 2
Posture and Position
Preparatory Gesture
Using the Metronome
Lesson 3
The Four Pattern
Elements of the Pattern
Internal and Final Releases
Lesson 4
The Four Pattern
Varying the Articulation
Tempo Terminology
Lesson 5
Videotaping #1
Lesson 6
The Three Pattern
The Two Pattern
The Daily Dozen
Terminology for Dynamics
Lesson 7
Selecting a Baton
Dynamic Changes
Lesson 8
Baton Grip
Character Terminology
Lesson 9
Videotaping #2
Lesson 10
The One Pattern
Midterm Preparation
Release on One
Accent, Articulation, and Connecting Terms
Lesson 11
Release on Beat Two
Entrance on a Pickup Note
Midterm Preparation
Lesson 12
Videotaping #3
Lesson 13
Videotaping #4
Lesson 14
Midterm Conducting Exam, Part 1
Lesson 15
Midterm Conducting Exam, Part 2
Lesson 16
Functions of the Left Hand
The Circle Drill
Lesson 17
Left Hand Sustaining Gestures
Coordinating the Two Hands
Lesson 18
Left Hand Strengthening Techniques
Repeat Markings
Lesson 19
Videotaping #5
Lesson 20
Alto and Tenor Clefs
Lesson 21
Composer's Intent
Listener's Response
Lesson 22
Entrances on Incomplete Beats
Instrumental Transpositions: C and B-flat
Lesson 23
Videotaping #6
Lesson 24
Compound Meters: Six, Nine, Twelve
Instrumental Transpositions: F, E-flat, A
Lesson 25
Asymmetric Meters: Conducting in Five and Seven
Changing Meters
Lesson 26
Videotaping #7
Lesson 27
Tempo Alterations
Section Cues
Lesson 28
Conducting Synthesis 1
Lesson 29
Conducting Synthesis 2
Lesson 30
Videotaping #8
Musical Examples Index
Topical Index

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