Conditions of Use
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
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 account all keys needed for any grouping of instruments.
The textbook is accurate and easy to use. Considering how much is offered in this book, I'm impressed with the amount of detail the authors were able to accomplish.
This book will remain relevant for years to come. This book contains music that was composed for a specific purpose and is not like any other book I've come across in the conducting teaching tools.
Each chapter gives an accurate description of the "Commissioned Parameters" and the "Additional Pedagogical Opportunities". The terminology used is clear and up to date with conducting nomenclature/terminology.
This textbook provides consistency from chapter to chapter. Students will be able to approach each chapter with the same thought process.
I believe that this book is highly effective for many reasons. One of those reasons is modularity. This book is user friendly and allows the course instructor to use as written, from cover to cover, or to craft a course from different aspects of the book.
All topics are presented clearly. There is also a consistent approach to the organization and look of the book. Students can take comfort in knowing that the process of each chapter remains relatively the same, while the content varies in order to cover the different techniques needed at the advanced conducting level.
Easy to use and find what you need quickly.
Found no grammatical errors.
The premise of this book is not only to create a conducting book that will serve students but also to be highlight under-represented composers in the process.
I appreciate the work that went into creating this book. This was a monumental lift and covers so many important aspects in the world of conducting and music. I'm excited to present this to my students.
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: https://bit.ly/original-etudes-interest. 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.