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Basic Conducting Techniques (6th Edition) Spiral-bound – February 4, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0136011934 ISBN-10: 0136011934 Edition: 6th

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  • Spiral-bound: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 6 edition (February 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0136011934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0136011934
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.6 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #718,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This competency-based workbook provides sound and practicalhands-onprocedures for beginning and advanced conducting enthusiasts. It features a broad repertory of musical excerpts, and-since most are reduced to a four-part format-users can practice conducting skills and rehearsal techniques readily. The workbook and accompanying media disc promoteself-directed learningby challenging users to attempt conducting techniques as they arise in the music. Audio examples and full scores are provided on the media disc.The workbook details conducting techniques including the baton, beat patterns, fractional beat preparations, the fermata, asymmetrical and changing meters, tempo changes and accompanying. It also outlines score preparation and rehearsal technique and provides musical excerpts.For individuals interested in learning the finer points of musical conducting.


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Joseph A. Labuta is Professor Emeritus of Music and former Associate Chair of the Music Department and Director of Music Education At Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in music education and conducting. He also served as a conductor of bands, orchestras, and choirs at the public school and college levels. Labuta earned a BME degree from Central College (MO) and an ME in Music Education from the University of Missouri. He was appointed Fellow in Music at the University of Illinois and completed his doctorate there in 1965. He has been a teacher of conducting at the university level since 1963 and has lectured, led workshops, and written extensively on conducting bands and orchestras. The 6th edition of his conducting text, Basic Conducting Techniques, first published in 1982, was released by Prentice Hall in 2010. His first book, Teaching Musicianship in the High School Band, is a seminal work that has been widely used and acclaimed by band directors. Joe and his wife, Mary, founded the Saline (MI) New Horizons Band in 2004. He has conducted at NHB camps in Interlochen amd Chautauqua.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Pippen on August 25, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
Informative value: 2 out of 5

Musical excerpts help improve this otherwise over priced text.

You can easily find books that are much more helpful than this one. Brock McElheran's Conducting technique for beginners is much more relevant and informative, not to mention way cheaper. Anything by Elizabeth Green would also be great. I believe the problem with the book is that it relies too much on defining gesture. Whenever gesture rather than music is the source of information for your conducting, you will have problems. The irony is that people (conductors and performers alike) become so concerned with maintaining a clear beat pattern and that everything is 'correct' that they disregard the music.

One good thing in the book is the large number of musical examples and excerpts. Over half of the book is dedicated to excerpts of good music that present a variety of challenges. This does raise one large question, though. Why not just have the students buy the McElheran and use scores that they bought and can later use in their own classroom or with their own ensemble? It seems that many people find the collection of excerpts helpful, though. It would be ridiculous to require students to buy even half of the score that are represented in this book.

The challenge in writing a text on conducting is that it needs to be helpful to all sorts of people. Different people will need different help, and the book attempts to cater to this variety. However, Labuta's attempt to inform the least knowledgeable people brings the level of the book so far down that it looses meaning after you can conduct a six pattern.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brittany on September 14, 2011
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I was very pleased with this product. I was in great shape, with little to no writing or highlighting inside. I was a little disappointed that there was no CD to accompany the book, which I did end up needing for my conducting class.
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Complete rip off. This textbook was not useful to my conducting class, any decent teacher would be able to teach these techniques without the use of a textbook. It is absurdly overpriced, especially considering that the book itself is extremely low physical quality. The cover fell off within a couple of weeks. I strongly recommend sharing with a friend or avoiding purchasing this altogether.
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I needed this book for my conducting class and we used it every class period. It is a great tool for beggining conductors and I will always keep it with me because it is still useful to this day.
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By Adriana on June 24, 2013
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This is a great product, exactly what the description states. I am satisfied with my purchase. I would highly recommend it.
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By magnumdk on February 11, 2013
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Labuta has an awesome gem for conductors. Short chapters, but they are straight to the point. Definitely recommended for undergraduate and graduate music students interested in conducting!
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