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Principles of Melodic Interpretation: Finding Opportunities for Musical Expression

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  • Through the usage of a demonstration ensemble, this clinic will outline strategies and techniques to teach fundamentals of melodic interpretation during the warm-up portion of the daily instrumental ensemble rehearsal. Teaching students to interpret their music in a large ensemble setting is felt to be one of the keys to creating a dynamic and musically satisfying rehearsal atmosphere.
  • Leslie Hicken (
  • 12/18/2015 08:30 AM - 09:30 AM
  • W184
  • Leslie W. Hicken, Director of Bands and the Charles E. Daniel Professor of Music, joined the faculty of Furman University in the fall of 1993. In the Department of Music, his responsibilities include the directorship of the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Chamber Winds; professor of music education and instrumental conducting; and assistant to the Marching Band. In addition to his duties at Furman, he is the Artistic Director of the Carolina Youth Symphony, Co-Director of the Poinsett Wind Symphony, and Director for the Furman Music by the Lake Concert Series. Prior to his appointment at Furman, Hicken was the Director of Bands at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. Earlier in his career, Hicken was employed for five years as an instrumental music teacher in the Durham (NC) County School system. Previously, he served as a clarinetist in the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, NY.