ERIC Number: EJ1139073
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
The Effect of Intentional, Preplanned Movement on Novice Conductors' Gesture
Bodnar, Erin N.
Journal of Music Teacher Education, v26 n3 p38-50 Jun 2017
Preplanning movement may be one way to broaden novice conductors' vocabulary of gesture and promote motor awareness. To test the difference between guided score study and guided score study with preplanned, intentional movement on the conducting gestures of novice conductors, undergraduate music education students (N = 20) were assigned to one of two conditions and then evaluated on their conducting performance. The experimental group received two sessions of guided score study with planning and practicing of gestures, while the control group received two sessions of guided score study only. Participants were video recorded conducting the piece with a university instrumental ensemble and evaluated by four conducting experts on gestures of dynamics, articulation, cues, releases, and phrasing. Analysis of the mean scores for each rating revealed no significant differences between the two conditions. Analysis of postconducting interview transcriptions revealed several factors that may have contributed to the results.
Descriptors: Nonverbal Communication, Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Music, Music Education, Undergraduate Students, Music Teachers, Undergraduate Study, Mixed Methods Research, Musical Instruments
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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