Brandon Keith (Biggs)
brandonboy13 at comcast.net
Wed Sep 7 22:57:51 PDT 2011
I've not taken a conducting class, but I have taken many dance classes.
I agree with you, blind people should learn conducting... I'm actually
dreaming of my conducting class, because then I can actually know what that
guy in front of me is really doing, not just thinking he looks like a crazy
In dance I have the choreographer move my hands in the correct positions and
try to describe as much as possible when they are showing in front of the
class. I'd imagine you'd probably have to spend extra time after class to
learn directly from the teacher.
If worst comes to worse, have the school hire an aid to sit with you and
shape your hands into the correct positions that way you can be talking and
getting exactly what the teacher is doing when he is doing it in front of
the class. I'd then just check in after each class with the teacher and make
sure you have everything right. The other kids in the class can probably
help you too.
Just make sure you have the movements precisely and perfectly. Check and
check again with the teacher, because many sighted people see that the blind
person has the movement, kind of. And they leave it at that.
You want the movement exact, and don't expect any less.
Hope this helps and sorry I couldn't give any more specific personal
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From: "Julie McGinnity" <kaybaycar at gmail.com>
Sent: Wednesday, September 07, 2011 9:41 PM
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Subject: [Menvi-discuss] conducting
> Hi everyone.
> As part of my degree in vocal performance, I have to take at least one
> semester of conducting. The professor is not sure how to teach me,
> and I'm not sure how I am going to learn. I was thinking that being
> in the class would not be benificial to me because I will not be able
> to see the patterns and things that are shown to the class visually.
> I imagine that I would be behind. My school is thinking of offering
> me some kind of independent study option. Is this a good solution?
> This is only the half of it though because the professor of the
> conducting classes honestly has no idea how to teach me. I would
> really like to learn. I think conducting would improve my rhythm, and
> depending on what I choose to study in grad school, it might be
> useful. I know there are blind people who have taking conducting;
> what have you done? How have you learned? Any suggestions would be
> Julie McG
> Lindbergh High School class of 2009, participating member in Opera
> Theater's Artist in Training Program, and proud graduate of Guiding
> Eyes for the Blind
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