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Rehearsal and Performance: Knowing the Difference Makes the Difference

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  • Is performance simply a presentation of what has been worked out in rehearsal or something different? This purpose of this clinic is to motivate band and orchestra conductors of all levels to revisit this age-old question, applying new ideas and strategies to improve performance. A close examination of rehearsal and performance will reveal unique differences and the impact those differences have on the musical experiences of students.
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  • Bobby Adams is director of bands, professor of music education and coordinator of instrumental music, at the Stetson University School of Music in DeLand, Florida. A member of the Stetson University faculty since 1987, Dr. Adams conducts the University Symphonic Band, teaches advanced instrumental conducting and courses in music education. Prior to his appointment at Stetson University, Adams taught in the public schools of Indiana and Florida for 25 years. Dr. Adams frequently writes and lectures on topics such as the emotional response to music, the psychology of performance, the evaluation of music, aspects of rehearsal, magic in music, the business of professional organizations and various other aspects of music education. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Band Research, the Journal of the ABA, the NBA Journal, the NBA Newsletter, and the Florida Music Director.