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Rehearsal tools for unlocking your musical imagination

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Transcript of Rehearsal tools for unlocking your musical imagination

Rehearsal Tools for unlocking your
MEMORIZE
Score Marking
JULIUS HERFORD ANALYSIS TECHNIQUE
HOW?
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
DETAIL YOUR DESIRE
and compete the dream
Transfer the Herford markings to your score.
SOLVE Technical issues consistently.
Cues
Who & Why?
Sticky note
LIMITED BUT CONSISTENT
Choral Conducting Symposium,
Harold Decker & Julius Herford

Teaching Music through Performance in Choir
Bruce Chamberlain
SCORE STUDY
Herford analysis
Sing and play parts
Detail your desire (complete the dream)
SCORE MARKING
SCORE MEMORIZATION
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
5:30
MUSICAL IMAGINATION
OVERALL STRUCTURE
AVE VERUM KV 618


A: 1-21
[2+8+8+4]
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.
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