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Master of Music (MMUS)




From the initial reading of a new piece to the final preparation prior to a concert weeks later, the conductor is constantly prioritizing the musical problems encountered during rehearsals. We are trained to classify musical problems into the categories coinciding with the elements of music: timbre, pitch, duration, and dynamics. The method in which these problems are categorized and solved becomes an integral part of our musical personality or experience and, on a surface level, becomes rehearsal technique. As rehearsal time dwindles, the conductor's attention shifts quickly to hone those techniques that refine the concepts presented in earlier rehearsals in performance. These concepts culminate in performance.


A Performance Paper Presented to the Department of Music and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Music (MMUS) University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1988 William J. Rashleigh.