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Rehearsal tools for unlocking your musical imagination
Transcript of Rehearsal tools for unlocking your musical imagination
JULIUS HERFORD ANALYSIS TECHNIQUE
SING AND PLAY PARTS
EAR DRIVEN CONDUCTOR
Confront your fear and trust your preparation in order to fully realize your musical possibilities.
Memorizing scores takes time and experience but if you commit to these techniques it will free you to become a more thoughtful and commanding musician.
Conduct in silence while you audiate the score. In front of a mirror. You are an expert at watching conductors. If it is not clear to you it will not be clear to them.
Repetition. Memorization take repetition. In the final step the use of a recording may help you. Take caution not to rush to this step.
Technical solutions to musical problems must be solved clearly and consistently each time. Look at people not sections
Imagination & Description
Transfer the Herford markings to your score.
SOLVE Technical issues consistently.
Who & Why?
LIMITED BUT CONSISTENT
Choral Conducting Symposium,
Harold Decker & Julius Herford
Teaching Music through Performance in Choir
Sing and play parts
Spend time to imagine the sound and then find the analogy to communicate to your singers (complete the dream)
What does it mean to be an ear-drivem musician?
Advantages vs. disadvantages
How will it change your teaching?
How will it change your music making?
Sit in a quiet place and audiate the score
Detail the exact sound that your inner ear wants.
Generate imagery and adjectives that will help you describe the sound to your ensemble for each major section of the piece (Herford)
DO NOT PROCEED without this step. This is work that only you can do. THIS IS WHAT DEFINES YOUR MUSICIANSHIP.
Write the images and adjectives in the score
AVE VERUM KV 618
It is critical that you can sing each vocal line. Sing each line while playing the other parts.
If you have trouble, your students certainly will too. This level of preparation will identify likely rehearsal pitfalls for you.