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Basic Conducting Techniques

7th Edition

By Joseph A. Labuta, Wendy K. Matthews

Routledge

290 pages

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Description

Basic Conducting Techniques, Seventh Edition, provides a clear and intelligible introduction to the art of conducting an ensemble. Over the course of fourteen chapters, the authors explicate the elements of conducting, supplementing their teachings with an extensive selection of musical examples from the classical repertoire. Practical and innovative, clear and approachable, this text illuminates the essential skills a beginning conductor should develop to lead and rehearse a performing group.

This new edition features:

  • chapters rewritten to highlight important information and show connections between different sections
  • a new chapter on expressive conducting, consisting of expanded and updated content
  • select full scores in the "Musical Excerpts" section
  • excerpts with transpositions for each chapter, allowing easy access for class performance
  • a new companion website, which includes the scores and transpositions for all musical excerpts, audio recordings of the excerpts, and demonstration videos modeling specific techniques for each chapter.

With the beginning conductor in mind, this hands-on, competency-centered approach is appropriate for mixed classes of choral and instrumental music majors, providing indispensable versatility for students and practicing conductors alike. Rooted in decades of teaching and conducting experience, Basic Conducting Techniques is the essential guide to the principles of conducting.

Table of Contents

PART I: CONDUCTING TECHNIQUE

Chapter 1: The Baton, Preparation, Downbeat, and Release

Chapter 2: Beat Patterns and Preparations in Tempo, Dynamic, and Basic Style

Chapter 3: Preparations and Releases for All Counts

Chapter 4: Fractional Beat Preparations

Chapter 5: Divided Meters

Chapter 6: Asymmetrical and Changing Meters

Chapter 7: The Fermata

Chapter 8: The Cue

Chapter 9: Conducting Musical Styles

Chapter 10: Expressive Conducting and the Left Hand

Chapter 11: Tempo Changes and Accompanying

PART II: SCORE PREPARATION AND REHEARSAL TECHNIQUE

Chapter 12: Analysis and Score Preparation

Chapter 13: The Instrumental Rehearsal

Chapter 14: The Choral Rehearsal

PART III: MUSICAL EXCERPTS

Chapter 1: The Baton, Preparation, Downbeat, and Release

Chapter 2: Beat Patterns and Preparations in Tempo, Dynamic, and Basic Style

Chapter 3: Preparations and Releases for All Counts

Chapter 4: Fractional Beat Preparations

Chapter 5: Divided Meters

Chapter 6: Asymmetrical and Changing Meters

Chapter 7: The Fermata

Chapter 8: The Cue

Chapter 9: Conducting Musical Styles

Chapter 10: Expressive Conducting and the Left Hand

Chapter 11: Tempo Changes and Accompanying

Chapter 12: Analysis and Score Preparation

Technical Mastery

Appendix A: Competencies for the Beginning Conducting Class

Appendix B: Student Evaluation

Appendix C: Chart of Transpositions and Clefs

Appendix D: Full Score Instrumentation and Foreign Equivalents

Appendix E: Counting Drills for Uneven Meters

Appendix F: Musical Style Chart

Appendix G: Glossary

Appendix H: Model Video Excerpt Chart

About the Authors

Joseph A. Labuta is Professor Emeritus of Music and former Director of Music Education at Wayne State University.

Wendy K. Matthews is Assistant Professor of Music and Instrumental Music Education at Wayne State University.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUS008000
MUSIC / Instruction & Study / Conducting