Cross the Wide Missouri
I really liked the fact that I got to conduct this before our class today. Having that experience at Champlain helped me realize and think about things ahead of time that I may not have thought of. I mentioned cut-offs today. I need to work on them. I feel like a little tap of my finger is enough for our class, but it may not be enough for a middle or high school choir.
I have never conducted at the beginning of class before. After watching everyone else, I feel like I gave too many beats. We briefly talked about the subtle beats that you don't need, but I feel like I could have done more with the longer notes. I think about this every time, but it is something I just need to practice more. I spend most of my practice time making sure I "get it right," instead of style issues.
Dynamics is another issue of mine. I know I do not show enough. I can tell I am still at the point where my mind is limited to a couple of things to think about while conducting. Usually, dynamics is not there. i just need to get more comfortable with the piece. I also think that as I get more experience, I will be able to put the whole package together at the same time instead of thinking about it piece by piece.
I may have more to say after watching my video, but it is break, and I want to relieve my mind of assignments for a while. Until then...