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    Original Études for the Developing Conductor

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    Jonathan Caldwell, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

    Derek Shapiro, Virginia Tech

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    Publisher: Virginia Tech Publishing

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Phillip Vallejo, Director of Bands/Assistant Professor, Marshall University on 12/15/23

    This book covers a wide range of tempos, styles, meters, and pedagogical issues one might encounter at different levels. This book can be used both in a large and small conducting course. The parts have been configured as flex type and take into... read more

    Table of Contents

    Featured Composers 1) Arias, Spencer: The Jester 2) Biedenbender, David: Swirl 3) Botti, Susan: Vespers (Walking in Beauty) 4) Bozone, Judy: Lyrah 5) Browne, Matthew: Saunter 6) Browne, Matthew: Tarantella 7) Bumgarner, Trevor: Choppy Frontier 8) Chen, Yi: Ban (Beat) 9) Davids, Brent Michael: Native American Étude 10) Flagello, Gala: Bulletproof 11) Grafe, Max: Fanfare With Afterimages 12) Herryman Rodriguez, Ivette: Tumbao Pesante 13) Jolley, Jennifer: Legend of the Moonlight Above 14) Joyce, Molly: Offbeat 15) Lamb, Alexis: Addolcimento (Sweetly, Softening) 16) Lambrecht, Lynnsey: Festive Fugue 17) Li, Shuying: Étude for Conductors 18) Lorenz, Ricardo: Estudio a Cuatro Voces 19) McCune, Sally Lamb: Pony Hollow Trail 20) Purrington, Hilary: Keepsake 21) Rowe, Will: Loose Canon 22) Sherwood-Gabrielson, Christopher: Last Waltz in Paris 23) Specht, Elena: Fortress 24) Tann, Hilary: Moonrise 25) Zare, Roger: Reverie

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    About the Book

    Original Études for the Developing Conductor is a collection of supplemental études designed to enhance contemporary conducting pedagogy by amplifying the voices of composers from historically excluded groups. Each étude was commissioned from and composed by a living composer, the majority of whom are woman-identifying composers and/or composers of color. Each étude also addresses multiple specific pedagogical goals common to all conducting classrooms.

    Conducting textbooks commonly include musical examples to expose student conductors to various musical challenges and situations. However, due to the relative ease of using only music from the public domain, most examples found in commercially published books are excerpts of larger works composed by deceased cisgender white men of European descent. Often, this music bears little relation to a significant portion of the music contemporary students engage with and perform. These excerpts also tend to be quite short (i.e., less than a minute) and do not create cohesive, self-contained musical arcs.

    Instructors adopting or reviewing this text are encouraged to record their use on this form: This helps the book's sponsors to understand this open textbook's impact.

    This project was made possible in part by financial support from the University Libraries at Virginia Tech Collaborative Research Grant, University of North Carolina at Greensboro University Libraries’ Textbook Affordability Program (TAP) Grants, and additional funding, technical, and publishing support from the Open Education Initiative of the University Libraries at Virginia Tech.


    About the Contributors


    Jonathan Caldwell is the director of bands and assistant professor of conducting at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting. Prior to his appointment at UNCG, Caldwell held positions at Virginia Tech, the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, and Garner Magnet High School (Garner, NC). His writing has been published in the Journal of Band Research and the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series. He has given presentations for the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the College Band Directors National Association, the Internationale Gesellschaft zur Erforschung und Förderung der Blasmusik (IGEB), and at music educator conferences in North Carolina and Virginia.

    Derek Shapiro is the director of bands and assistant professor of music at Virginia Tech, where he conducts the Virginia Tech Wind Ensemble and teaches conducting. Prior to his appointment at Virginia Tech, he held positions at Eastern Michigan University, Georgia Southern University, and Cypress Creek High School. A strong advocate for music education with nine years of public school experience, Shapiro has taught at the middle school and high school levels. He has been published in the Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series and has presented at clinics in Florida, North Carolina, Michigan, and Virginia.

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