Rehearsing and Conducting

Harry E. Price and James L. Byo

in The Science & Psychology of Music Performance

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195138108
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849291 | DOI:
Rehearsing and Conducting

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This chapter discusses the role of conducting and rehearsal behaviors in establishing an appropriate and effective rehearsal atmosphere. Situations in which conductors provide predominantly positive feedback result in better attitudes, attention, and performance. Fast paced rehearsals are usually the most effective, and comprise frequent and generally brief episodes of teacher talk and ensemble performance. Enthusiastic or dynamic rehearsing features stark contrasts of behavior at optimal times — loud and soft talk, expressive and neutral conducting, group and individual eye contact. Rehearsals should be structured to include processes of diagnosis, prescription, presentation, monitoring, and feedback, with brisk paced and clear directions. Essentially, a conductor should focus on making verbalizations efficient and keeping them to a minimum, while enhancing nonverbal behaviors to include large amounts of eye contact and clear and unambiguous conducting gestures.

Keywords: rehearsals; conducting; conductors

Chapter.  7653 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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