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James Jordan
The Conductor's Gesture

An Examination of the Perception of Movement
Laban as a Gestural Morphology
The Consequences of Gesture
A New Pedagogy and Theory for Conducting
An Overview of Psychological Research
The Importance of the Body Map
How Movement and Conducting Affects Ensembles
Explanation of Morphology
Toward an Understanding of Effort
Overview of the Importance of Breath
Dimensional Architectures of Movement
Rhythm Impulse and Conducting
Teaching Architecture of Sound
The Sound Membrane
The Impulse to Move: Harmonic Rhythm
Harmonic Progression
States and Drives
Effort Elements
Movement Signatures
Modes of Shape Change
Developing a Kinesthetic Vocabulary
Acquiring Conducting Technique Using the Principles of Laban

The culmination of almost thirty years of research, writing, and teaching, this important book by James Jordan presents a vision of conducting gesture and technique as a movement language. In this comprehensive resource, Jordan applies the theories of movement education icon Rudolf Laban, as inspired by the pedagogical insights of Jordan's mentor and teacher Gail B. Poch. Each section is detailed through research, extensive discussion, and suggestions for study. Dr. Jordan's pioneering research and writing on this subject will make this seminal volume an indispensible resource for the development of conducting technique and the foundation of many approaches to conducting pedagogy. Also in this volume are contributions by Giselle Wyers and Meade Andrews. Dr. Wyers explores in depth the application of States and Drives, and makes direct applications to specific works in the choral literature. Dr. Andrews details a sequential curriculum for the practice and development of expressive conducting technique, all demonstrated on the DVD included with this book.

Item code: 6734B | Book | $44.95 add item to cart
Choral | 362 Pages | Hardcover | 7 x 10

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