Friday, September 21st
Although I was very nervous for conducting today, I feel it went better than I had planned. I prepared for it, but since I haven't taken conducting in 2 years, I felt as though I lost all of the skills I had learned previously. This was a good way for me to remember what I had issues with and what worked well.
When I conducted through the first time, I felt like I couldn't do 2 things at once. As soon as I opened my mouth slightly and sang with the song as I conducted, it helped me to feel the music more, rather than simply conducting a pattern. When I went through it again, this time without singing, I messed up the pattern once, but it still felt a lot more comfortable than when I had my mouth glued shut. I now know a few strengths and weaknesses from this first time up and I hope the second time I conduct, I will have overcome at least one of these weaknesses and have improved even more my strengths.