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Dixon, Ed
Music
Average Rating: 5.8
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Posted April 21, 2010 at 6:54pm
Teaching Style: Mixture
Grading: Average
Availability Outside Class: Average
Homework Load: Average
Symphony

Overall Rating: 8.0

Recommended
Comments:
He's a great guy and a decent enough conductor, and he always ends rehearsals on time. What more could you want in a conductor?
Posted April 16, 2009 at 4:13pm
Teaching Style: Mainly Discussion
Grading: Easy
Availability Outside Class: Average
Homework Load: Low
Symphony

Overall Rating: 4.0

Not Recommended
Comments:
In a semester of following Dr. Dixon's baton, I don't think I was ever able to decide where was the down beat. He is a genuinely nice man, but I felt like he was only really concerned with the people up front- the senior music majors, and not so much the rest of the ensemble. Also, he doesn't give 10 second stretch breaks between songs, which is necessary (for me at least) during a 1.5 hr rehearsal.
Posted April 15, 2008 at 11:27am
Teaching Style: Mixture
Grading: Easy
Availability Outside Class: Average
Homework Load: Low
Orchestra

Overall Rating: 3.0

Not Recommended
Comments:
Dr. Dixon may be a good cellist, but it does not translate into a good orchestra director. Although he does pick good music sometimes, it is often too difficult for our group to handle, and results in frustration (Re: Polovetsian Dances).
His conducting is extremely hard to follow, since he looks the same whether he's conducting in 2 or 4, and has a tendency to switch between the two without warning; his beats are vague, and irregular.
Dr. Dixon does not understand wind instruments, and rehearsals can sometimes turn into string sectionals. When he does work with the winds, it is to make them repeat a phrase over and over, while telling them it's "not good enough" and often speeding up.
Whenever we do hold real sectionals, he makes a point of leading the wind "sectional", which defeats the idea since he doesn't understand winds in the first place.
He picks on some musicians - usually winds - to the point of making them constantly anxious in orchestra, and lets other musicians' absences slide.
He sometimes seats on seniority, not ability, and when he does reseat, he often does so tactlessly.
Unfortunately, members of the orchestra look forward more to days when rehearsal is cancelled than to concerts.

Of course, if you want to be in the Whitman Symphony, there is no way to avoid Dr. Dixon. It's bearable, but he makes it more difficult than it should be.
Posted Mar. 27, 2007 at 10:14pm
Teaching Style: Mainly Discussion
Grading: Easy
Availability Outside Class: Good
Homework Load: Low
Symphony Orchestra

Overall Rating: 7.0

Recommended
Comments:
Dr. Dixon is an excellent string player, which is great for a symphony conductor. However, sometimes some more knowledge of wind instruments would help him to be a better director. His conducting is occasionally difficult to follow. But he is always dedicated to the orchestra and he obviously enjoys his job.
Posted Nov. 6, 2005 at 8:14pm
Teaching Style: Mixture
Grading: Easy
Availability Outside Class: Good
Homework Load: Low
Symphony Orchestra

Overall Rating: 7.0

Recommended
Comments:
He knows and loves his music, is an excellent musician himself, and is very friendly, funny and approachable. The only problem is that he is too much of a softy-he knows that certain people don't practice and that this significantly lowers the quality of our sound, but he doesn't get on them hard enough. He also has to repeat his suggestions to us over several rehearsals because people don't pay attention or don't mark them in their parts. Besides this he is just what a conductor should be-talented, knowledgable and passionate.