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ERIC Number: EJ886504
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0027-4321
Don't Watch Me!: Avoiding Podium-Centered Rehearsals
Graulty, John P.
Music Educators Journal, v96 n4 p53-56 2010
Conductors play a significant role in creating a podium-centered atmosphere by encouraging ensemble members to become overly reliant on them. Due in part to well-developed egos, a lack of confidence in the ability of the ensemble members who actually make the music, or simple naivete, many conductors insist on placing themselves at the center of the music-making process all the time, correcting this, dictating that, controlling "everything!" So, how can conductors unburden themselves by shifting more of the responsibility for good ensemble music making back on the players, where it in reality already resides and truly belongs, especially if the ultimate goal is more effective, spontaneous, and convincing music making? The answer lies in how they rehearse and how they invite the ensemble members to engage in the music-making process. In this article, the author discusses how conductors might encourage and help ensemble members become aware of other parts, of what is going on around them, and thus avoid podium-centered rehearsals. (Contains 13 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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