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Learn and practice the basic principles of running an effective music ensemble rehearsal. Techniques and strategies are applicable to a variety of ensembles, including bands, orchestras, choirs, and chamber groups....
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1

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3 heures pour terminer

An Introduction to Rehearsing

This week, Module 1, we’ll discuss basic philosophical issues such as: What we do in rehearsals, what skills are needed, and the idea of the conductor as “the composer’s advocate.” I will also introduce the concept of Macro-Micro-Macro, which serves as the overarching principle of rehearsals. Then we will move on to basic conducting technique....
Reading
21 vidéos (Total 167 min), 1 quiz
Video21 vidéos
What Do We Do in Rehearsals?9 min
What Skills Do We Need?3 min
Calibrating Your Ears6 min
Serving as the Composer’s Advocate15 min
A Choral Perspective: The Rehearsal Process4 min
An Orchestral Perspective: Three Categories of Conducting11 min
Introduction to Conducting5 min
Basic Set-Up5 min
Conducting without a Baton5 min
Baton Grip5 min
Basic Patterns21 min
Active and Passive Beats6 min
Starting Pieces8 min
Ending Pieces6 min
The Ensembles that Appear in this Course1 min
Macro-Micro-Macro: The Basic Process5 min
Examples of Macro-Micro-Macro: Breaking Things Down7 min
A Choral Perspective: Teaching Notes8 min
Rehearsal Demos: Macro-Micro-Macro24 min
Conclusion min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Module 1 Quiz20 min

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2 heures pour terminer

Communicating with the Ensemble

Module 2 begins with a discussion about repertoire: how to define quality music and how to choose a balanced, musically nourishing program. Building on the topics of Module 1, this week’s conducting technique videos focus on the grammar for starting and stopping pieces. In the rehearsal technique videos, the overarching topic is how to communicate with the ensemble to convey musical intent. Essentially, the idea is to give musical instruction, but there are a range of strategies we must master to be effective in all situations.This week introduces those strategies and organizes them according to modes of instruction, including performance technique, adjectives, analogy, and modeling....
Reading
17 vidéos (Total 114 min), 1 quiz
Video17 vidéos
Finding Quality9 min
Choosing Repertoire: The Musical Meal6 min
A Choral and Orchestral Perspective: Repertoire24 min
Count-offs: Additional Ways to Begin a Piece4 min
Rehearsal Examples: Starting on Various Beats within a Measure4 min
Stopping the Group3 min
Changing the Size of the Pattern Based on the Music5 min
Introduction to Rehearsal Segments min
Directing People's Attention in Rehearsal3 min
Who, Where, What / Measure Numbers / "Count with Me"6 min
Using "I" and "We"5 min
Insisting on What You Want2 min
Strategies for Communicating Musical Ideas9 min
Communicating with Various Modes of Instruction9 min
A Choral and Orchestral Perspective (Multiple Topics)14 min
Conclusion1 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Module 2 Quiz20 min

3

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5 heures pour terminer

Introducing the Rehearsal Toolkit

Week 3’s material begins with more left hand technique, expanding on the concepts introduced in Module 2 and continuing with gestures to show dynamics. The section on rehearsal technique begins with an explanation of the ‘Rehearsal Toolkit,” a collection of ideas, or “tools,” each designed to fix a musical issue. Rehearsal tools are meant to supplement the modes of instruction that were discussed last week. In other words, in addition to using direct vocabulary, modeling, and metaphor and analogy, these tools can elicit musical responses when gesture and words fail. A caveat: all of these approaches depend on the musicians having the technique required to perform the repertoire. This may seem obvious, but the fanciest baton twirl and colorful analogy are meaningless to help, say, a trumpeter, perform staccato if he does not tongue properly and employ good embouchure. Fundamentals must be taught, either in or out of the rehearsal, and the appropriate method depends on the level and age of the musician in the ensemble.Module 3 concludes with multi-purpose tools, including singing and “bopping.” These are the Swiss-Army knives of rehearsal technique, each useful for a variety of issues, from articulation to balance to rhythm. As you acquire the tools discussed in this module, also consider what else you can put in your toolbox. What techniques do you currently use? What tools can you borrow from other musicians? The more options we have in rehearsal the more likely we will be to solve a musical problem....
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25 vidéos (Total 183 min), 2 quiz
Video25 vidéos
Introduction to Left Hand Technique: Statue and Mirroring4 min
More Left Hand Technique: Statue, Mirroring, and Independence6 min
Demos of the Left Hand in Rehearsal1 min
Showing Dynamics and Dynamic Changes12 min
The Importance of Technique as a Foundation4 min
The Rehearsal Toolkit: Rhythm1 min
Teaching Subdivision: Filling in the Rests3 min
Thinking in Rhythmic Subdivisions12 min
“Playing” without Sound: Active Resting and Handoffs8 min
Working with Contrasting Rhythmic Layers5 min
Cleaning Up Sloppy Entrances2 min
Rests as Elements of Expression2 min
Rushing6 min
Meter, Accents, and Perception10 min
Rhythmic Compression5 min
A Choral and Orchestral Perspective: Rhythm16 min
Multi-Purpose Techniques4 min
Rehearsal Demos: Bopping Part I11 min
Rehearsal Demos: Bopping Part II7 min
Rehearsal Demos: Using Singing7 min
Rehearsal Demos: Slowing Down the Tempo for Rhythm and Accuracy21 min
Rehearsal Demos: Slowing Down the Tempo for Intonation and Balance7 min
Rehearsal Demos: Slowing Down the Tempo for Articulation and Style14 min
Conclusion1 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Module 3 Quiz20 min

4

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5 heures pour terminer

Articulation, Balance, and Tone

Module 4 begins with perhaps the most crucial task a conductor undertakes: score study. Score study is the umbrella term for the process of thoroughly learning a score-- not just knowing how to sing the melody or memorizing phrases and meters--but learning every aspect of the music that may come to bear on our ability to interpret, conduct, rehearse, and perform it. Unlike many grammatical aspects of conducting, score study is a time-consuming, immersive activity for which it is normal to develop one’s own process, assuming the end result is a deep understanding of the work. After score study, Module 4 moves back to the grammar of conducting, particularly technique for conducting articulations. Please note that this week also contains a very brief introduction to the three types of fermatas. In Module 5 we’ll cover them in detail. These are topics for which regular practice and self-evaluation will be necessary to develop gestures that are clear to the ensemble and second-nature to the conductor. Finally, we will return to “The Rehearsal Toolkit” and explore strategies for rehearsing articulation, balance, and tone. This final topic includes a video on using the piano to demonstrate harmonies and other musical features to the ensemble. Particularly in educational settings, it is important for the conductor to do more than treat the ensemble as his personal musical instrument. Instead, find opportunities to lead ensembles to an understanding of the music it is performing, a goal that only score study makes possible....
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28 vidéos (Total 273 min), 1 quiz
Video28 vidéos
Score Study22 min
Applying Your Score Study8 min
A Choral and Orchestral Perspective: Score Study23 min
Applying Score Study to a Rehearsal26 min
Cues14 min
Conducting Articulations: Legato7 min
Conducting Articulations: Two Variations on Legato2 min
Conducting Articulations: Staccato and Accents8 min
Conducting Fermatas and Rubato2 min
Specific Choral Conducting Techniques16 min
Specific String Conducting Techniques7 min
Review: Two Themes of the Course3 min
Exaggerating Style and Expressive Details5 min
The Vocabulary of Articulation10 min
Articulation: Accentuation through Emphasis and De-Emphasis3 min
Bopping for Articulation1 min
Developing a Legato Style4 min
19th-Century Style with 21st-Century Ensembles8 min
Additional Articulation Techniques10 min
A Choral Perspective: Articulation and Diction11 min
An Orchestral Perspective: String Articulation and Bowing16 min
Balance and Tone16 min
A Choral & Orchestral Perspective: Balance and Tone21 min
Working with Dissonance3 min
Using the Piano to Demonstrate Complex Harmonies7 min
Where to Begin When You Don’t Know Where to Begin8 min
Conclusion min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Module 4 Quiz20 min
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par TBAug 28th 2015

This is a great course and also flexible to needs of students. If you get behind, the course is built to help you get back on track. I find this extremely helpful with a busy and irregular schedule.

par SSSep 11th 2017

This was an interesting and very useful course. Directors responsible for rehearsing ensembles will enjoy learning techniques, and even experienced conductors will benefit from revision and sharing.

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Dr. Evan Feldman

Associate Professor & Wind Ensemble Conductor
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