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FA ’18: MUED 376


A.S.C.A.M. Rehearsal Guide Template
Suggested BEST ORDER: I. IV. II. V. III. & then Final Questions

A.S.C.A.M =
Audiation Decisions
Singing Decisions
Conducting Decisions
Analysis Decisions
Marked Score Decisions

I. Auditation Decisions:
Discography: Summary of important recordings and
performances, with notable comparisons:
Title of Piece Version Version Version Version
1: 2: 3: 4:
conductor conductor conductor conductor
and and and and
ensemble ensemble ensemble ensemble
Tempo 90 70 68 65
Key EM/db GM/em AM/gb GM/em
m m
Style various grand swung swung
styles
Type of soloist none none two one
males soloist
and one
female
Type of a organ upright guitar
instruments
cappell and bass
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a brass
with
choir
Solo none none none none
ornamentation
Choral Style 5 part chorale none none
harmon
y
Golden Mean

My Favorite Sound is: dark full sound

I will achieve it with pure vowels

I will achieve it with backspace placements

I will achieve it with repetitive rules

I will achieve it with chorale style

Other notes…
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II. Singing Decisions

Sound: Breathing
Placement- backspace
Vowels and modifications- watch out for dipthongs
Consonants- bring them out to understand the text- the most
important part
Type of blend- dark blend
Preferred balance- melody to carry through
Vibrato- not too much, but vibrato is good in the song

Interpretative IPA
Decisions: Translations
Word Stress
Phrasing and Breathing

Emotional Buzz words


Coloration: Placement

Soloists: Kind and type

Kodaly Considerations:

Tone set:
Tone set defined: (pentatonic, modal, diatonic, chromatic)

Rhythmic set:
Rhythmic set defined: 95 bpm
Counting system: 2/4

Developmental strategy:

Prepare
Present
Practice
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III. Conducting Decisions: big/small, in/out, up/down

What does my Level 1 look like in this piece?


(My kinesthetic set-up, my Laban dimensions [time, weight & space],
effort actions & feelings, marked in the score)

A. My improvement goal for Level 1 Kinesthetic is: Keep my


conducting low to set the breath and support the intense, dark sound
of the piece.

What does my Level 2 look like in this piece?


(My somatic facial affect, my emotional connection to the piece and my
facial affect, my mouth shape and my vowel shaping, my Laban
dimensions [time, weight & space], effort actions & feelings, marked in
the score)

B. My improvement goal for Level 2 Somatic is: Whenever


conducting the piece, always express the emotion of the piece.

What does my Level 3 look like in this piece?


(What are my beat patterns, my cues, my levels, my word stress, my
releases, my size of gesture, my entrances, my melded gestures, my eye
tracking, etc., and how do I execute them, my Laban dimensions [time,
weight & space], effort actions & feelings, marked in the score)
and what do my Rainbow Lady drawings look like?)

C. My improvement goal for Level 3 Technical is: Make sure


that my releases help with the movement of the piece and keep it
exciting.

What does my Level 4 look like in this piece?


(When do I move out of the “patterns” and how, and WHY, my Laban
dimensions [time, weight & space], effort actions & feelings, marked in
the score) and what do my Rainbow Lady drawings look like?)
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D. My improvement goal for Level 4 Informed is: Move out of


the pattern to give a different cue for the refrain as a reminder of
adding various to our sound because it is a different idea.

Is Movement or Choralography needed, and if so, how do I deliver it?

IV. Analysis Decisions

Everything you study in order construct and develop an aural image of the
piece and to build a fluid, transparent, informed interpretation of the piece.

Historical Aspects: Composer – history and considerations

Traditional English piece, arranged by Charles W.


Douglas

History of the Piece, date


One of the oldest christmas carols existing today-
dated
back to the 16th century

Performance Practice elements


Performed in church as a christmas carol

Program Notes

Theoretical Aspects: Analysis – Structural/Phrasal – (see Template)

Analysis – Chordal – (see Template)

Kinesthetic Aspects: DRAWINGS on Rainbow Lady Template

V. Marked Score Decisions

Score Preparation: Prepared Edition – Do I make a prepared edition


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for the choir?

Study Score – What is included in my study score?

Conductors Score – What is included in my concert


score?

~FINAL QUESTIONS~

Do I see my A.S.C.A.M. decisions in my gesture?

Do I hear my A.S.C.A.M. decisions in the sound and


performance of my choir?