The Elements of Expressive Conducting

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Need for Conducting I/III (MUCP 209/311)

The Elements of Expressive Conducting begins with a synthesis of various movement theories which allow beginning conducting students to understand how best to use their body as an expressive instrument.   Strategies for developing musical expression beyond pedagogical execution are discussed in each chapter. The text further explores merging musical preparation with a healthy, tension-free approach to an individual’s movement.  Readers will also find strategies for developing the coordination between the ear and body; ways to transfer “every day” movements to the art of conducting; and suggestions for building to a professional level of success.


  • Exercises which stimulate the imagination and inform the body
  • Video examples of these exercises on the publisher’s website
  • Drawings of imaginative ways to consider beat patterns
  • Musical examples chosen to reinforce specific conducting fundamentals
  • Practical strategies drawn from the author’s more than four decades of pedagogical experience


About the Authors

Michael Haithcock assumed his duties as director of bands and professor of music (Conducting) at the University of Michigan in the fall of 2001 after twenty-three years on the faculty of Baylor University. Following in the footsteps of William D. Revelli and H. Robert Reynolds, Professor Haithcock conducts the internationally renowned University of Michigan Symphony Band, guides the acclaimed band and wind ensemble graduate conducting program, and provides administrative leadership for all aspects of the University of Michigan’s diverse and historic band program. In February of 2012, he was named an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor by the University of Michigan which is the University’s highest award for excellence in undergraduate teaching.

Contributing authors Brian K. Doyle and Kevin M. Geraldi are both graduates of conducting at the University of Michigan.  Dr. Doyle is currently director of bands at SUNY Potsdam, the Crane School of Music.  Dr. Geraldi is director of instrumental ensembles and associate professor of conducting at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Jerald Schwiebert is a specialist in expressive movement. He taught at the University of Michigan (emeritus) School of Music, Theatre and Dance for over 20 years.