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Music professor's book published

March 4, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Dr. Robert Spradling, professor of music at Western Michigan University, has had a new book published.

The text, "Error Detection Exercises for the Instrumental Conductor," was released in January by New York's Carl Fischer Publications. It is designed for students in instrumental conducting and methods classes to guide their development of band and orchestra rehearsal techniques.

The book places an emphasis on the error detection skills necessary in resolving musical inaccuracies in performers' parts. In addition, it uses actual excerpts from band and orchestra literature that students will conduct as a part of their professional activities following graduation. Copies of the work are available in the WMU Bookstore as well as from the publisher and Shattinger Music in St. Louis.

Spradling joined the WMU faculty in 1993 and teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in conducting and wind music literature. He also serves as director of bands as well as conducts the University Symphonic Band and Western Winds, a chamber winds ensemble comprised of WMU faculty members and graduate students.

A sought-after guest conductor and clinician, Spradling has prepared the University's Symphonic Band for numerous important performances, including international tours of such countries as Australia, Brazil and the People's Republic of China.

He also has been active nationally and internationally with outstanding amateur and professional ensembles, and has contributed to numerous clinics and conferences for the professional development of wind band conductors.

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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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