A Conducting Tip From Richard Sparks

A CONDUCTING TIP FROM Richard Sparks: Close your eyes. “…I’ve asked my choir to close their eyes and sing in the past, but I haven’t done it for quite a while. This does several things: as Coyle mentions, it ‘sweeps away distraction’ and makes ‘even a familiar skill seem strange and fresh.’ But it also forces the choir to listen much more intensely. They have to listen and use other skills (maintaining an inner sense of pulse) to stay together as an ensemble without watching you conduct (and perhaps you realize you aren’t as necessary as you thought! Or better, you can use your gesture more for shape and direction than keeping time).

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