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This chapter provides a thorough review of the literature related to conducting, including its role in the broader language of nonverbal communication, the relationship between the gesture and sound, comparisons between verbal and nonverbal communication modes, and tools for assessing conducting in preservice music teacher education programs. Following the literature review, there are practical considerations for a research-based approach to conducting pedagogy. Elements for consideration include knowledge and skills for conducting (as well as a possible sequence for teaching them) and the importance of providing preservice teachers with opportunities for conducting, both in prescribed ways in methods and rehearsal technique courses and through ad hoc opportunities. Finally, a musicianship-based framework for preservice music teachers permeates decisions related to conducting instruction. All excellent music educators must also be excellent musicians.
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