Conducting Choral Music

ISBN-10: 0137757352
ISBN-13: 9780137757350
Edition: 8th 1998
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Description: This book is based upon actual research, i.e., a survey of numerous choral conductors to identify specific problems that they currently encounter and the extent to which they felt they were prepared in undergraduate school to deal with these  More...

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Book details

List price: $165.00
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 1/5/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 427
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.650
Language: English

This book is based upon actual research, i.e., a survey of numerous choral conductors to identify specific problems that they currently encounter and the extent to which they felt they were prepared in undergraduate school to deal with these problems. This book providesclear, concise, and accurate information on the development of conducting skills, devoting a full chapter to each of the following topics: improving choral tone and diction, maintaining vocal health, children's voices and the boy's changing voice, understanding of diverse musical styles from various historical periods, choir rehearsal techniques, planning effective programs and concerts, and administrative matters of planning and management. For those interested in Choral Conducting, Choral Methods and Techniques, and Secondary School Choral Music.

Preface
Introduction
Conducting Techniques
Fundamental Conducting Patterns
Irregular Meter
Music in Free Rhythm
Subdivided Beats
Supermetric Patterns
The Preparatory Beat/Attacks and Releases
Attacks on Incomplete Measures
Fermatas
Unifying the Technique
Body Attitudes
Self-Analysis
Use of a Baton
Determining the Tempo
Style and Historical Period
Metronome Markings
Tempo Markings
Mood of the Text
Ability of the Singers
Acoustics of the Performance Room
Achieving Expressive Conducting
The Conducting Plane
Size of the Beat
Negating the Beats
Clarifying the Beat
Style of the Beat
Controlling Tempo and Dynamics
Extending the Musical Phrase
The Left Hand
Cueing
Conducting Accent and changing Meter
Syncopated Figures
Offbeat Accents
Displaced Rhythmic Accents
Conducting Asymmetrical Patterns
Studying the Score
Summary: Developing Conducting Skills
Topics for Discussion
Selected Readings
Videotapes
Tone and Diction
The Vocal Instrument
Developing Choral Tone
Achieving Correct Posture
Improving Breath Control
Stretching Exercises (Prevocalizing Warm-ups)
Use of Vocalises
Achieving Deep-Set Vowels
Developing High-Forward Resonance
Developing the Vocal Range
Developing Flexibility
Developing the Unique, Characteristic Qualities of Voices
Achieving Correct Diction
Difference between Vowels and Consonants
Vowels
Diphthongs
Classification of Consonants
Styles of Diction
The Sibilant S
The Troublesome R
The Consonants M, N, and L
The Aspirate H
Vowel-Consonant Balance
Final Consonants
Commonly Mispronounced Words
Schools of Choral Singing
Tone Quality and Historical Authenticity
Renaissance Period
Baroque Period
Classic Period
Romantic Period
Modern Period
A Glossary of Terms on Choral Tone and Diction
Topics for Discussion
Selected Readings
References on the Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Vocal Mechanism
References on the Alexander Technique
References on the Schools of Singing
Videotapes
Maintaining Vocal Health
Whole Body Health
Rest and Exercise
Diet
Body Hydration
Misuse of the Voice
The Common Cold
The Singer's Environment
The Emotions and Hyperventilation
Heeding the Advice of Experts
The Singer and the Laryngologist
Some Advice from Professional Singers
The Singer's Posture and the Circulatory System
Topics for Discussion
Selected Readings
References on Maintaining Vocal Health
References on Blood Circulation
Children's Voices and the Boy's Changing Voice
Children's Voices
Vocal Characteristics
Vocalises
Voice Ranges and Selecting Music
Some Comments on Rehearsals
The Boy's Changing Voice
Care of the Voice
Points of View on the Changing Voice
Selecting Music
Scheduling and Seating Arrangements
Topics for Discussion
Selected Readings
References on Children's Voices and Choirs
References on the Boy's Changing Voice
Videotapes
Style and Interpretation
The Renaissance Period
Meter and Stress
Tempo
Dynamics
Texture
Expressive Aspects
The Baroque Period
Meter and Stress
Tempo
Dynamics
Texture
Expressive Aspects
The Classic Period
Meter and Stress
Tempo
Dynamics
Texture
Expressive Aspects
The Romantic Period
Meter and Stress
Tempo
Dynamics
Texture
Expressive Aspects
The Modern Period
Impressionism
Expressionism
Neo-Classicism
Neo-Romanticism
Meter and Stress
Tempo
Dynamics
Texture
Expressive Aspects
Music with Electronic Tape/Nonconventional Notation
The Jazz/Pop Idiom
Rhythm
Tempo
Tone Quality
Vocal Jazz Articulations and Inflections
Some Concluding Thoughts
Topics for Discussion
Selected Readings
Videotapes
Rehearsal Techniques
Prerehearsal Planning
The Singers' Responsibilities
The First Rehearsal
Introducing Music
Sectional Rehearsals
Improving Music Reading
Rhythmic Responsiveness
Tonal Awareness
Attacks and Releases
Balance and Blend
Pitch and Intonation
The Slurring Attack
Repeated Tones and Scale Passages
Diction
Breath Control
Classification of Voices
Body Attitudes and Fatigue
Tempo
Seating Arrangements
Acoustics
Atmospheric Conditions
Ventilation
Growing Stale
Other Rehearsal Considerations
Rehearsal Pace
Warm-up Exercises and Ear-Training Devices
Establishing and Maintaining Rapport
Maintaining Correct Posture
Avoiding Fatigue and Vocal Strain
Rehearsing A Cappella
Making Corrections
Stimulating Concentration
Encouraging Individual Responsibility
Ending the Rehearsal
Interpretation
Style of the Music
Dynamic Range and Contrast
Tempo
Nuances
Projecting the Mood
Finishing the Musical Phrase
Eliminating Excessive Slurring
Singers' Facial Expressions and Audience Communication
Memorizing the Music
Mental Attitudes
Sports Psychology and Peak Performance
Conducting Choral/Orchestral Works
The Orchestral Instruments
Bowings
Balance and Intonation
Seating Arrangements
Preparing for Rehearsals
Rehearsals
The Concert Hall and the Performance
Musical Terms for the Orchestral Player/Conductor
Topics for Discussion
Selected Readings
References on Mental Attitudes
References on Sports Psychology
References on Conducting Choral/Orchestral Works
Videotapes
Programs and Concerts
Selecting the Music
Ethnic Music and Multicultural Perspectives
Considering the Audience
Achieving Unity and Variety
Using a Theme
Publicizing the Concert
Newspaper Articles
Radio Announcements
Complimentary Tickets
Mailing of Programs
Posters
Word-of-Mouth
The Final Rehearsal
The Madrigal Dinner
Topics for Discussion
Selected Readings
References on Religious Music in the Public Schools
References for Madrigal Dinners
Videotapes
Planning and Management
The Choral Curriculum
Junior High School Choral Groups
Senior High School Choral Groups
Small Vocal Ensembles
The Voice Class
Recruiting Singers
Testing and Classifying Voices
Selecting Accompanists
Seating Arrangements
Stimulating Interest
Exchange Concerts
Guest Conductors
Attending Concerts
Choral Recordings
Tape Recordings as a Rehearsal Aid
Production and Sale of Recordings
Group Photographs
The Rehearsal-Room Bulletin Board
Radio and Television Broadcasts
Publication of Yearbooks or Newsletters
Awards
Social Events
Newspaper Publicity
Music Festivals
The Choir/Chorus Retreat
Responsibilities of the Choir Member -- A Self-Assessment
To the Choral Director
To the Choir Member
The Evaluation of Chorus Members
The Music Budget
Care of Choral Music
Indexing and Storing
Distribution
Repair
Selecting Choir Apparel
Choir Robes
Suggestions for Adjudicators of Choral Music Festivals
Topics for Discussion
Selected Readings
Videotapes
Songs for Recreational Singing
Source Information
Choral Composers
Choral Octavo Publications
Choral Collections
Extended Choral Works
Music Publishers/Distributors
National Retail Music Dealers/Distributors
Manufacturers of Music Equipment
Choir Travel/Tour Services
Index

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