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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

3 hours to complete

An Introduction to Rehearsing

21 videos (Total 167 min), 1 quiz
21 videos
What Do We Do in Rehearsals?9m
What Skills Do We Need?3m
Calibrating Your Ears6m
Serving as the Composer’s Advocate15m
A Choral Perspective: The Rehearsal Process4m
An Orchestral Perspective: Three Categories of Conducting11m
Introduction to Conducting5m
Basic Set-Up5m
Conducting without a Baton5m
Baton Grip5m
Basic Patterns21m
Active and Passive Beats6m
Starting Pieces8m
Ending Pieces6m
The Ensembles that Appear in this Course1m
Macro-Micro-Macro: The Basic Process5m
Examples of Macro-Micro-Macro: Breaking Things Down7m
A Choral Perspective: Teaching Notes8m
Rehearsal Demos: Macro-Micro-Macro24m
1 practice exercise
Module 1 Quiz20m
2 hours to complete

Communicating with the Ensemble

17 videos (Total 114 min), 1 quiz
17 videos
Finding Quality9m
Choosing Repertoire: The Musical Meal6m
A Choral and Orchestral Perspective: Repertoire24m
Count-offs: Additional Ways to Begin a Piece4m
Rehearsal Examples: Starting on Various Beats within a Measure4m
Stopping the Group3m
Changing the Size of the Pattern Based on the Music5m
Introduction to Rehearsal Segments39s
Directing People's Attention in Rehearsal3m
Who, Where, What / Measure Numbers / "Count with Me"6m
Using "I" and "We"5m
Insisting on What You Want2m
Strategies for Communicating Musical Ideas9m
Communicating with Various Modes of Instruction9m
A Choral and Orchestral Perspective (Multiple Topics)14m
1 practice exercise
Module 2 Quiz20m
5 hours to complete

Introducing the Rehearsal Toolkit

25 videos (Total 183 min), 2 quizzes
25 videos
Introduction to Left Hand Technique: Statue and Mirroring4m
More Left Hand Technique: Statue, Mirroring, and Independence6m
Demos of the Left Hand in Rehearsal1m
Showing Dynamics and Dynamic Changes12m
The Importance of Technique as a Foundation4m
The Rehearsal Toolkit: Rhythm1m
Teaching Subdivision: Filling in the Rests3m
Thinking in Rhythmic Subdivisions12m
“Playing” without Sound: Active Resting and Handoffs8m
Working with Contrasting Rhythmic Layers5m
Cleaning Up Sloppy Entrances2m
Rests as Elements of Expression2m
Meter, Accents, and Perception10m
Rhythmic Compression5m
A Choral and Orchestral Perspective: Rhythm16m
Multi-Purpose Techniques4m
Rehearsal Demos: Bopping Part I11m
Rehearsal Demos: Bopping Part II7m
Rehearsal Demos: Using Singing7m
Rehearsal Demos: Slowing Down the Tempo for Rhythm and Accuracy21m
Rehearsal Demos: Slowing Down the Tempo for Intonation and Balance7m
Rehearsal Demos: Slowing Down the Tempo for Articulation and Style14m
1 practice exercise
Module 3 Quiz20m
5 hours to complete

Articulation, Balance, and Tone

28 videos (Total 273 min), 1 quiz
28 videos
Score Study22m
Applying Your Score Study8m
A Choral and Orchestral Perspective: Score Study23m
Applying Score Study to a Rehearsal26m
Conducting Articulations: Legato7m
Conducting Articulations: Two Variations on Legato2m
Conducting Articulations: Staccato and Accents8m
Conducting Fermatas and Rubato2m
Specific Choral Conducting Techniques16m
Specific String Conducting Techniques7m
Review: Two Themes of the Course3m
Exaggerating Style and Expressive Details5m
The Vocabulary of Articulation10m
Articulation: Accentuation through Emphasis and De-Emphasis3m
Bopping for Articulation1m
Developing a Legato Style4m
19th-Century Style with 21st-Century Ensembles8m
Additional Articulation Techniques10m
A Choral Perspective: Articulation and Diction11m
An Orchestral Perspective: String Articulation and Bowing16m
Balance and Tone16m
A Choral & Orchestral Perspective: Balance and Tone21m
Working with Dissonance3m
Using the Piano to Demonstrate Complex Harmonies7m
Where to Begin When You Don’t Know Where to Begin8m
1 practice exercise
Module 4 Quiz20m
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Top reviews from Fundamentals of Rehearsing Music Ensembles

By TBAug 28th 2015

This is a great course and also flexible to needs of students. If you get behind, the course is built to help you get back on track. I find this extremely helpful with a busy and irregular schedule.

By SSSep 11th 2017

This was an interesting and very useful course. Directors responsible for rehearsing ensembles will enjoy learning techniques, and even experienced conductors will benefit from revision and sharing.



Dr. Evan Feldman

Associate Professor & Wind Ensemble Conductor

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