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New Paradigms in Band Performance: An Analysis of Three Prototypes

Scott Covington Walker-Parker, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


This document seeks to propose new paradigms in band performance through inter-, multi-, and transdisciplinarity. Initial inspirations were drawn from performance innovations shaped by the new music theater which became popular in the 20th century. Key concepts which were used throughout the creative, planning, logistic, rehearsal, and performance processes are analyzed in three recitals through prototypes of new paradigms in band performance. These concepts include accessibility and community, nonverbal/multimodal performance and instruction versus time, and nonverbal/multimodal communication. The document has been organized in a manner which highlights successes and breakdowns of each process so future refinement can be made. The goal of the analyses is to provide a roadmap for conductors to envision their own inter-, multi-, and transdisciplinary performances. This will inevitably enhance the band medium’s programming strategies to include projects which promote flexible collaboration akin to those found in the new music theater. Conclusions from these experiences form the philosophical foundation which will assist the conductor/coach/leader in navigating musicians’ needs when placed in unfamiliar environments than those commonly found in the traditional paradigm. This foundation is supported by the coaching of collaborative flexibility through promoting and encouraging confidence; taking calculated risks; measuring progress and providing optimistic transparency; not overthinking minute details; and building trust among the musicians, between the musicians and conductor/coach/leader, and with collaborators. This work has highlighted the need to promote authentic programming through commissioning pieces for wind band that align with the creative processes of the new music theater.

Subject Area

Music|Music education|Music history

Recommended Citation

Walker-Parker, Scott Covington, "New Paradigms in Band Performance: An Analysis of Three Prototypes" (2023). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI30489151.