by Gonzalez, Luis S.

Abstract (Summary)
The purpose of this analytical study was to identify the underlying rehearsal philosophies of selected wind band conductors and determine what procedures are employed to reinforce stated philosophical beliefs. Six case study conductors, three each representing public school and postsecondary school respectively, were selected on the basis of their outstanding record of achievement, historically strong programs, and excellent reputations within the profession. One major focus of this study was to determine what makes the rehearsal effective, both in terms of achieving its musical goals, and in its satisfaction for all involved as a meaningful musical experience. A second focus was to develop a thorough analysis of various rehearsal activities in order to create a framework for discussion while comparing the philosophical and procedural approaches used in conducting situations found at different player experience levels. Two key aspects of the rehearsal were examined: the conductor's philosophy, which governs the rehearsal, and the rehearsal procedures, which in a broader sense are the activities employed in support of the conductor's philosophy. Data gathered were initiated by a conductor identification survey which was distributed to three groups of wind band conductors. Upon selection, each conductor was presented with a formal invitation to participate in the project. Each case study solicited a continuous, non-edited videotape recording of a typical rehearsal followed by a conductor questionnaire, which was designed to address issues of rehearsal philosophy, procedural proaches and rehearsal effectiveness. The main vehicle for data collection was the development of a procedural catalogue which included descriptive information and a thorough listing of all rehearsal activity such as procedures, rehearsal segments, and each instructional comment given by the conductor. For the purpose of the study, the term "procedure" was used to describe any particular activity where the conductor stops the music, gives an instruction and/or makes a comment with the expectation of a student response, either verbally, physically or musically, The term "instructional comment" was identified as a verbal direction given by the conductor to address issues related to historical, or performance-based aspects of the music. The findings were based on the identification and comparison of similarities found among the case study conductors with regard to rehearsal philosophy and related procedures. The study found that consistent with the conductors were the utilization of an effective rate of pacing, a systematic rehearsal format, timely interjections of instructional comments and a philosophically-based plan for the use of rehearsal procedures. In addition, the study established related patterns among the conductor with regard to teaching, conducting, and personal skills that are contributing factors to the effectiveness of the wind band rehearsal.
Bibliographical Information:


School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:rehearsal effectiveness conducting wind band concert


Date of Publication:01/01/2001

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