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The Art of Communication

Second Edition

Wayne Bailey
With Brandt Payne

Publication Date - October 2014

ISBN: 9780199347070

240 pages
8-1/2 x 11 inches

In Stock

Comprehensive and practical coverage of all aspects of instrumental conducting: technical, analytical, and expressive.


Featuring a diverse range of flexible and practical instrumentation exercises, Conducting: The Art of Communication, Second Edition, provides the most comprehensive treatment available of all aspects of instrumental conducting: technical, analytical, and expressive. Authors Wayne Bailey and Brandt Payne, offer students unparalleled coverage of the art of conducting, advanced techniques, score study for rehearsal and performance, and error recognition and correction (helping students to develop their "conductors' ears"). They provide brief and innovative exercises that focus on common technical and musical problems; score analysis and preparation; elements of expressive conducting, including facial expression and body movement; and aural skills that aid in error detection.

New to this Edition

  • Enhanced coverage of score order and marking, clefs and their use by different instruments, pattern development, and transpositions of instruments
  • Expanded discussions of issues facing the contemporary conductor and "psychological" conducting
  • Conducting evaluation forms for each chapter's technique topics
  • More varied types of scores and examples for practice as well as instruction on orchestral bowings
  • A reference list of instrument names in four languages and a list of foreign musical terms commonly used by conductors

About the Author(s)

Wayne Bailey is Professor of Music at Arizona State University, where he conducts university instrumental ensembles and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in conducting.

Brandt Payne is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Athletic Bands at Youngstown State University, where he conducts concert and athletic bands and teaches courses in conducting, instrumental music education, drill design, and graduate wind literature.

Previous Publication Date(s)

July 2008


"A refreshing addition to the market."--Carolyn Barber, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

"This strong text, with a particular strength in addressing the subjective aspects of physical conducting, is the best at articulating gestures into words."--Joseph Missal, Oklahoma State University

"Other books can be informative, but they are not as practical or 'easy to follow' as Conducting. I would highly recommend this text."--Michael Golemo, Iowa State University

Table of Contents


    Unit 1: Introduction to the Art of Conducting

    Chapter 1: The Art of Conducting
    Purpose and Training of Conductors
    Development of Conducting

    Chapter 2: The Language of Conducting
    Preparatory Beat
    Active/Passive Gestures
    Gesture of Syncopation
    Mirror Conducting

    Chapter 3: Podium Posture
    Position of Arms and Hands
    Parts of the Baton
    Holding the Baton
    The Ready Position
    Gesture Box

    Chapter 4: Basic Pattern Development
    Preparatory Gestures
    Basic Releases
    Use of the Left Hand for Releases
    Subdivision of Beats
    Conductor Evaluation Form

    Unit 2: Advanced Techniques

    Chapter 5: Advanced Techniques
    Articulation and Style
    Accented Pitches
    Tempo Fluctuations and Maintenance
    Pre Beats for Syncopated Entrances
    Mixed Patterns
    Unmetered and Timed Passages
    Use of the Left Hand
    Conductor Evaluation Form

    Chapter 6: Expression in Conducting
    Facial Expressions in Conducting
    Posture and Body Language
    Combining the Elements
    Phrasal Conducting and Melding
    Conductor Evaluation Form

    Unit 3: Score Study

    Chapter 7: Score Study
    Types of Scores
    Clefs and Transpositions
    Score Order
    Score Study
    Interpreting the Score
    Rehearsal Planning
    Marking the Score
    Languages and the Score
    Orchestral Bowings

    Chapter 8: Sample Score Analyses
    Symphony no. 35, K.V. 385, Andante, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    First Suite in E-Flat for Military Band, Chaconne, Gustav Holst

    Unit 4: Error Detection and Correction

    Chapter 9: Aural Skills and Error Detection
    Rhythmic and Tempo Errors
    Pitch Errors
    Intonation Errors
    Dynamic Errors
    Articulation Errors

    Chapter 10: Aural Skills Exercises
    Rhythmic Errors and Errors of Pulse
    Note Errors
    Intonation Errors
    Dynamic and Articulation Errors
    Errors of All Types

    Music Examples Index
    Subject Index

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