Strategies for Improving Rehearsal Technique

Using Research Findings to Promote Better Rehearsals

B. A. Silvey

Music education researchers and conducting pedagogues have identified numerous behaviors that contribute to increased verbal and nonverbal teaching effectiveness of conductors on the podium. This article is a review of literature concerning several conductor behaviors that may (a) increase the effectiveness of rehearsals, (b) enhance the expressivity of conductors and/or their ensembles, or (c) improve ensemble performance. Suggestions and recommendations suitable for instrumental and vocal preservice teachers, in-service teachers, and faculty charged with teaching undergraduate conducting and rehearsal techniques courses are offered.

Journal Update
Year 2014
Volume 32
Issue 2
Pages 11-17

Silvey, B. A. (2014) Strategies for Improving Rehearsal Technique: Using Research Findings to Promote Better Rehearsals. In: Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Vol. 32, No. 2, pp. 11-17. Available at


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