Type of Document Dissertation Author Benson, Jeffrey Scott Author's Email Address email@example.com URN etd-07252011-145251 Title A Study of Three Choral Pedagogues and Their Use of Movement in the Choral Rehearsal Degree Doctor of Philosophy Department Music, College of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Kevin Fenton Committee Chair Andre Thomas Committee Member Judy Bowers Committee Member Matthew Shaftel University Representative Keywords
Date of Defense 2011-07-01 Availability unrestricted AbstractJanet Galván, Therees Hibbard and Sandra Snow are well-known choral pedagogues who have made significant contributions to the field of choral music and movement through their research and conducting engagements. They regularly incorporate movement into their rehearsals. Through their use of movement and their research, each of these conductors has developed a movement-based approach to the choral rehearsal.
The purpose of this study was to document each conductor’s use of bodily movement in the choral rehearsal and provide a history of each conductor’s contributions to the field of movement in the choral rehearsal. This study determined: (1) each conductor’s philosophical basis for using movement in rehearsal; (2) the movement-based activities that each conductor used in order to improve the choral ensemble; (3) why each conductor uses movement; (4) how effective the conductors perceive movement to be and how effective their students perceive movement to be; and (5) specific gestures used by all three conductors and how they could be codified.
Galván, Hibbard and Snow engaged their singers in a whole-body approach to the music-making process. Movement allowed the conductors to quickly connect the singers to their bodies and to the musical ideas they were presenting. Movement was one rehearsal technique that each conductor used to affect the choral ensemble and the individual singers in a positive way. While it was not the only technique that any of these conductors used, movement was an efficient and effective rehearsal tool.
Students singing in each of Galván, Hibbard and Snow’s choirs perceived movement to be an effective rehearsal technique that improved their individual sound and the sound of the ensemble. Students had a greater understanding of the music and its relationship to style and culture, due in part to the fact that they had moved in rehearsal. Students agreed that movement engaged them in the music-making process, connected them to the music and to one another, and improved the overall sound of the ensemble.
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