Music

Fall 2018 Teaching and Learning

“If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living.” ― Anatole France, poet and novelist Change means challenge; challenge means growth. This fall, I’ll be teaching a new course at Peabody Conservatory– Stage An OrchKids Student Movement for Opera - and classes for children through Baltimore Symphony’s [...]

Piano Myths: Part II

(Piano Myths Part I here) Myths of Piano Touch and Tone Could you hear a difference in a single piano tone depending on the way its key is depressed? Are accomplished musicians able to discern sounds produced by a virtuoso’s hand versus those made by an object? Is there any physical approach to a piano [...]

By | 2018-06-01T14:22:27+00:00 May 30, 2018|Music, Musings, Piano, Science|0 Comments

Summer MusiKinesis & Dalcroze – Only two days left to reserve early registration!!

June 1st is right around the corner. Register today! Choose the course that fits your goals. For Dalcroze studies Level 1 toward international Dalcroze certification, register for Eastman School of Music's 2-week Level 1 Dalcroze Institute July 2-13, $815 non-credit (or $4,830 for 3 credits) in Rochester, New York. Housing is available! Learn more about new [...]

Summer is Soon!

(News Alert!! Punxsutawney Phil's prediction for Winter was misquoted by fake news. He did not say, "Eight more weeks." His actual words were, "At least eight more weeks. Maybe more. Maybe MUCH more. We'll see.") Despite the weather we've had (brrr!!), the calendar says summer is waiting in the wings... so don't miss the early [...]

By | 2018-04-30T01:05:15+00:00 April 29, 2018|Adults, Classes, Dalcroze, Dance, Music, Summer Classes, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Piano Myths: Part I

Old Myths Die Hard It’s human nature to look skeptically at information that contradicts something we believe. Once we become anchored to untruths, reality is an annoying intrusion. Psychology has terms for the ways we receive new knowledge. Confirmation bias: seeking only information that conforms to the belief, dismissing new information; Assimilation: reshaping new information [...]

By | 2018-05-28T20:22:09+00:00 April 29, 2018|Music, Musings, Science|0 Comments

Scholarships for Eastman’s Level 1 Summer Dalcroze Course

There's still time to apply to the Dalcroze Society of America for a scholarship!  Thinking of attending the Eastman School of Music's Level One Certification course? Now you have another reason. Each year, to honor the memories of beloved American Dalcroze educators, the Dalcroze Society of America awards a limited number of Memorial Scholarships to [...]

By | 2018-03-29T20:42:14+00:00 March 29, 2018|Adults, Classes, Dalcroze, Music, Summer Classes|0 Comments

MusiKinesis® Summer Certification Course

MusiKinesis®: Teaching Music/Dance Connections University of Maryland – Baltimore County • July 23-27, 2018 An interdisciplinary summer MusiKinesis® course for teachers of music and dance Discover a vibrant way to enrich your skills, knowledge and teaching abilities. Using techniques of Dalcroze Eurhythmics, a system of study developed in Switzerland in the early 1900s, MusiKinesis® incorporates rhythmic movement exercises designed [...]

By | 2018-05-09T14:49:49+00:00 February 27, 2018|Adults, Classes, Dance, Music, Summer Classes|0 Comments

Jason Miller – New Summer Dalcroze Faculty at Eastman

Meet Jason Miller!  Last weekend, Jason passed rigorous Dalcroze License exams at the Institute for Jaques-Dalcroze Education in Pennsylvania - with flying colors! Newly Licensed, Jason Miller is hardly new to music teaching. He has taught music in public schools for 15 years, and his success with the Dalcroze approach led to another assignment: developing [...]

By | 2018-01-20T15:09:05+00:00 January 20, 2018|Adults, Classes, Music, Summer Classes|0 Comments

The Turkey Trot Dance

I've posted a new "Idea to Try" inspired by Leonard Bernstein's Turkey Trot from Divertimento for Orchestra. Along the way, I got sidetracked researching the history of the ragtime dance (circa 1912) from news sources of the time. Take a look and discover: Three incidents of women getting in trouble for indulging in the dance [...]

By | 2017-11-29T13:59:15+00:00 November 29, 2017|Audio, Dance, Music, Musings|0 Comments