Beyond the Baton Conducting Workshop
 

BATON BASICS

Communicating Music Through Gestures

By Diane Wittry

Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction

Section 1. The Body
            The Conducting Space
            Body Posture
            The Feet
            Grounding the Lower Body
            The Waist and Back
            Lifting the Ribcage and Opening the Chest
            The Head
            The Shoulders
            The Arms
            The Wrist and Fingers
            The Face and Eyes
            Overall Presence

Section 2. Motion and Gestures
            Direction
            Size
            Weight
            Speed
             Energy
            Impact and Release
            Gestures You Already Know           
                        The Downward Gesture
                        The Upward Gesture
                        Sideways Gestures
                        Motions Outward
                        Motions Inward
                        Circles, Arcs, Free Motion
            Preparatory Beats
            Developing the Left Hand

Section 3. Connecting with the Sound
            The Conducting Strike Zone
            The Table of Sound
            Placement of Your Arm and Hand
            Conducting with Your Hand
            Conveying Pulse
            The Baton
            Basic Conducting Patterns
            Baton Exercises
            Right and Left Hand Independence
           
Section 4. Applying and Combining Gestures
            Starting the Ensemble
            Controlling the Sound
                        Instrument Characteristics
                        The Left Hand
                        Accents and Syncopation
                        Cues and Cutoffs
                        Lifts , Rests, Holds, and Releases
                                    Lifts and Caesuras
                                    Rests and Recitatives
                                    Fermatas

Section 5. Controlling Tempo and Volume
            Going Faster and Slower
                        Selecting the Tempo
                        Showing the Tempo
                        Tempo Relationships
                        Changing the Tempo
                                    Accelerandos
                                                Merged Beats
                                    Ritardandos
                                                Subdivision
            Shaping Dynamics
                        Showing Dynamics
                                    Size, Weight, and Placement
                        Changing Dynamics
                                    Crescendos
                                    Diminuendos
                                    Phrasing
                                    Sudden Dynamic Changes
           
Section 6. Becoming Centered           
            The Breath
            Centering the Body           
            Finding Stillness
            Living in the Moment                       
            Tuning in to the Universe

Section 7. Making Music
         Communicating the Music
                        Conveying Emotions
                        Communicating Character
                        Guiding with a Light Touch
            Conducting Considerations           
                        Score Study
                        Rehearsal and Concert Preparation
                        Do's and Don'ts           
            Inspired Leadership
                        Building Trust
                        Establishing the Right Environment
                        Flexibility - the Secret to Success
                        Developing your Career
            Putting it all Together

Appendix
         Outline of Body Relaxation Exercises
            Conducting Diagram Charts
            Useful Links and Resources
                        Baton Makers
                        Book Recommendations
                                    Conducting Books
                                    Music Repertoire
                                    Music Reference
                                    Motivational
                                    Leadership
                                    Non-profit Management
                                    Fundraising and Grants
                                    Marketing and Social Media
                        Music Organizations
                        Other Websites                       
                       
Index

 

 

 

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