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ERIC Number: EJ845077
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0255-7614
The Use of Gestural Modes to Enhance Expressive Conducting at All Levels of Entering Behavior through the Use of Illustrators, Affect Displays and Regulators
Mathers, Andrew
International Journal of Music Education, v27 n2 p143-153 2009
In this article, I discuss the use of illustrators, affect displays and regulators, which I consider to be non-verbal communication categories through which conductors can employ a more varied approach to body use, gesture and non-verbal communication. These categories employ the use of a conductor's hands and arms, face, eyes and body in a way that is currently being missed by many conducting programs. By utilizing three gestural modes, declamatory, corrective and narrative, conductors have a framework to apply these nonverbal communication categories, dependent on the skill level of the ensemble, the level of experience the ensemble has of the work at hand and the requirements of the music. Although corrective mode gestures are important for conductors, as they emphasize clarity and precision, more use could be made of illustrators and affect displays by conductors at all levels of entering behavior in order to access the declamatory mode, and regulators and affect displays in order to access the narrative mode. These modes promote the enhancement of expressive conducting beyond the beat patterns. (Contains 5 tables and 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia