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Basic Techniques of Conducting

Kenneth H. Phillips

Publication Date - February 1997

ISBN: 9780195099379

258 pages
Spiral Bound
8-1/2 x 11 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $164.99

Offers a step-by-step, competency-based approach for developing basic physical gestures; students must demonstrate mastery of prescribed techniques and are evaluated before progressing to the next level


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.

About the Author(s)

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.

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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