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IFCM Members Online Café: participants delighted by the session with Joel P. Navarro
Published: Mar 14,2024

In the latest IFCM café, Joel P. Navarro presented a brief history of the evolution of conducting and rehearsal techniques based on his personal and collegial experience and training, in particular, within the Philippine cultural context. Joel also gave an overview of Martin Behrmann's conducting technique, including preliminaries, the stance, the manual apparatus, the signal domains, and the music applications.

Elements of Behrmann’s sample teaching content in his conducting classes were explored: beat and sound, signals of conducting, upper arm positions, forearm positions, positions of the touch, functions of the rooms, velocity of the beat, and domains of the signals. Joel played several sample videos of Asian conductors conducting Gapas by Eudenice Palaruan, a Filipino composer, and compared the variations in time duration of the performances which were influenced by the gestures used. Joel also provided an overview of Behrmann's rehearsal technique, which is divided into four phases. The session concluded with strategies for achieving success and building a positive choral culture. Watch the recording.





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