Dean Bradley Bloom
University of Michigan, School of Music
|Expressive Conducting is an extensive and technologically
unique resource for the student of conducting that demonstrates fundamental and
advanced gestures so that the learner may study and practice more productively
outside of the classroom or rehearsal hall. It is the first resource of which
I am aware that provides instant visual content of conducting gestures that is
not normally available unless the student is in the classroom. What an advantage!|
Whether or not one agrees with the technical approach in the visual screens
of the software is not the point. This resource provides enough flexibility so
that the student will acquire a general knowledge of the technique of conducting
and at the same time allow the classroom instructor, whether instrumental or choral,
to refine those gestures with their own personal approaches.
of conducting have faced the impossible task of selecting the perfect text for
a subject of this type. "Expressive Conducting" will not satisfy all
needs, but the advantages by far outweigh the disadvantages. The score resources
are worth the price of the program by themselves and the ability to download the
individual vocal and instrumental parts in a Finale file makes the task of providing
exercises exceedingly simple.
I hope that many schools will take a look
at and use this multimedia resource and see that this is a positive step for the
instruction of conducting in our increasingly technology based system of education.