Continuing the journey started in The Musician’s Soul in 1999…
In The Musician’s Empathy, James Jordan argues for both awareness and understanding of the essential role Empathy plays in honest musicianship. Jordan states that our awareness of what Empathy is (and is not) will build both new human depth and new connection within the rehearsal room and concert hall.
This book is a collection of suggestions and metaphors for how musicians can harness their own human empathy to refocus rehearsals and performances. Jordan passionately argues that an acute and constant awareness and understanding of Empathy should be at the forefront of all music making, and must be the threshold to artistry and human connection in a post-pandemic world “re-set.”
Joining with James Jordan, Jason Max Ferdinand shares how Empathy has shaped his own music making. The book also contains a wealth of QR codes for video presentations dealing with topics related to this book for both self-exploration and class use.
Grammy-nominated James Jordan is Professor of Conducting at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, where he conducts the acclaimed Westminster Williamson Voices. He is Artistic Director and Conductor of The Same Stream (www.thesamestreamchoir.com). He is Co-Director of the Choral Institute at Oxford and Director of the Westminster Conducting Institute. Jason Max Ferdinand is Director of Choral Activities at Oakwood University, where he conducts the Aeolians of Oakwood University.