The Essentials For Conducting: "Evoking Sound" By James Jordan

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The beginner or expertise will benefit from reading Evoking Sound by James Jordan; this book is the total package for any conductor that is wiling to expand their knowledge upon this subject. It goes beyond the basics, yet it expands the deeper relationship between the conductor and the ensemble. It gives examples of how to produce the sound you want from an ensemble or even create a program; it gives many other examples that are truly valuable and creative.
Jordan’s overall “take” on choral conducting is relying on thy inner self, focusing on mutual agreement within an ensemble, teaching the way of singing, and passing along the passion of music.
Jordan stated, “ My experience as a conducting teacher has prove to me that, until a student trusts themselves and their inner musical voice, virtually little progress is made(…)Musical creativity requires faith—almost blind faith in one’s ear and one’s inner musical voice” (7). Knowing thyself is a crucial part in conducting. With that being said, “Music aptitude does not continue to develop after age nine; rather, the aptitude level the child possesses at age nine stabilizes and remains relatively constant throughout his life” (158). The skill and development of music will last a lifetime for a person, especially, if taught at a younger age the proper techniques, and these techniques grasp the mind. In addition, “Laban believed that through the act of moving, one experienced an interaction of mind and body” (31). To understand these techniques, there has to be a combination of mind and body. These two parts work together to producing effective music. To conclude within this section, “The learning of rhythm must be organized and based upon the body’s response to audiated rhythm, free of notation. Rhythm learning should be rooted not in the theory of music, but in its audiation” (50). There is more than just one way to teach rhythm, it is important to include multiple ways of teaching. Not everyone learns the same...

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