Reaching Out: A Musician's Guide to Interactive Performance / Edition 1

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Connect with and captivate concert audiences as never before with Reaching Out, the groundbreaking new guide to audience engagement and interactive performance for musicians. Author David Wallace shares the techniques he has taught at The Juilliard School and used with orchestras and conservatories around the world for reaching out to any audience regardless of demographics and musical expertise and enriching their concert experience through interaction. Featuring real-life examples, concert transcripts, and an Interactive Concert Checklist, this text gives performing musicians the tools they need to put these techniques to practice and design programs that give their audiences a deeper experience and appreciation of music.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073401386
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies,Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/3/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgments About the Author Prelude: A Musical Quandary
Chapter One: What is an Interactive Concert?
Chapter Two: Principles for Interactive Performance Chapter Three: Designing Your Interactive Concert Chapter Four: Engage! Archetypes for Interaction Chapter Five: Presenting Chapter Six: Avoiding Ten Common Pitfalls Chapter Seven: Reaching Farther: In-Depth Approaches Chapter Eight: Reaching Out in the Real World Postlude: Reaching Out Every Day
Appendix A: Five Interactive Concert Transcripts
What’s So Great About Mozart?
The Secrets of Chamber Music Myths and Legends From Discord, Find Harmony:
A Musical Exploration of Conflict and Resolution Improvisational Journey
Appendix B: Interactive Concert Checklist Appendix C: Annotated Bibliography

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    Inspirataional and Informative "How To" Book

    As a music educator, playwright, actor, director and minister, I was impressed with the wealth of information and inspiration that Dr. Wallace has included in his book. It's easy to find inspirational books related to the arts, laden with theory and visions, but "Reaching Out" takes the reader by the hand and says, "If you want to do an interactive performance, here's how." The steps and process are laid out as clearly as a Betty Crocker recipe, but I never get the feeling that David Wallace is saying, "This is the only way and don't try to mess with my formula." He's not trying to create a David Wallace cult that must adhere to the party line, but rather sharing what has worked and worked well for him. I've seen "Doc Wallace" perform in a variety of venues and was always as entertained and informed by his comments and interaction with the audience as I was deeply moved by the music he spins out on his instruments. Any teacher, performer or public speaker, of any ilk, could profit from the clear vision and direction provided by Dr. Wallace in "Reaching Out."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2008

    This Book is the Future of Music Education!

    I am a musician who has conducted high school orchestra as well as played in professional ensembles, chamber groups, and jazz bands. The reality is that musicians like me really have to work and compete in order to build an audience and a following. This book has enabled me to communicate on a level that goes beyond anything I had ever tried before. I now can get people excited about whatever music my groups are performing, and they keep coming back. There are so many useful strategies and ideas for engaging an audience. The appendix has five concert scripts, each of which has ideas you can adapt to your own music. Two thumbs up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2008

    The best book of its kind!

    There are many good books on music education, but few that apply to performers. This book really gives artists and music teachers alike a solid grounding in how to communicate the joy of music with an audience or students of all ages. I grew up on the Leonard Bernstein Young People's Concerts and loved them. Thanks to this book, I'm able to create the same kinds of engaging, educational, and enlightening musical events. Every musician and teacher should own a copy. Bravo!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2007


    I've been doing outreach concerts for years, but this book totally changed my perspective. There are many useful hints and it's practical and well-organized. Very entertaining, too.

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