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The Mind's EarExercises for Improving the Musical Imagination for Performers, Composers, and Listeners$
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Bruce Adolphe

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780197576311

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197576311.001.0001

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Exercises Involving Groups

Exercises Involving Groups

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(p.53) II Exercises Involving Groups
The Mind's Ear

Bruce Adolphe

Oxford University Press

There is an actor in every musician, and these exercises tap into the theatrical nature of music-making. Closer to pure theater games than the other exercises in this book, the exercises in this brief but essential section provide a variety of ways for groups to explore musical and theatrical expressivity without needing to play musical instruments. The exercises here are fun yet challenging experiments that consider issues of tempo, range, dynamics, phrasing, silence, ensemble coordination, communication, conducting, improvised counterpoint, and much more, through the use of spoken text, improvised speech, noises, and movement. These exercises might be used as warmups before group rehearsals, whether of a chorus, chamber ensemble, band, or orchestra. They are designed to support positive group interaction and build trust and confidence while having fun and learning together.

Keywords:   actor, acting, theater, ensemble, conducting, counterpoint, communication

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