Conductor Expressivity and Ensemble Performance: An Exploratory Investigation

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This study sought to examine one aspect of the relationship between conducting and ensemble performance. Upper classmen music education majors rated expressivity of videotaped conducting (video only) and identical audiotaped excerpts. These excerpts were of conductors and their middle or high school bands performing at a district band festival. No significant differences were found between ratings of conductor (video only) and ensemble (audio only) expressivity. The correlation between video and audio ratings was not significant; however, correlation analyses demonstrated ratings within audio and video excerpts to be quite consistent between raters from different universities.

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