What I am presenting for you in this text is a summarized version of what I teach in my "American Sign Language and Performing" class at Prince George's Community College. I have selected several of the tools and skills that I have learned and have used since beginning this performance art form in 1992. Having successfully used them and taught them to others who have also successfully used, I know that they work. My presentation format is similar to the way I teach the course and I hope that you find it as easy to follow and free flowing as you would in the class.
While this book was written to address certain issues related to "perform / interpret" songs in ASL, I want to make sure it is clear that this text is also of benefit to those who adamantly are opposed and disinterested with music and ASL. The skills I will introduce, such as conceptual accuracy, use of facial expression and body language as a storytelling device, use of visual vernacular, acting and several "Rayisms," will be beneficial to anyone and everyone seeking to improve their expressive ASL skills.
OK, so relax, take a breath, turn the pages, and get ready to put your hands up and sign, act, and dance your way to greater proficiency.
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I thought it would show how to sign along with music, but it just talked about it,
I have seen a few of Dr. Anderson's YouTube videos of him signing songs, music and religious ceremonies. They so intrigued me that I instantly had an interest in how he does his work. He explains things very simply and also explains the importance of signing the words intended meanings in the context of what information is being passed to the audience. He also explains the importance of knowing your audience and adapting the signing to them. The book added to my admiration of what Dr. Anderson does for his various audiences and his ministries! Outstanding book and author!