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 [...]
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 [...]
Emile Jaques-Dalcroze I was invited to write this article for Le Rythme, an annual international journal of FIER. This year's theme was L'interprétation corporelle - the idea of reflecting music in movement. Once a guiding force in modern dance, 'music visualization' might have lost its purpose 75 years ago or might remain vital today, depending on who [...]
UPDATE The MusiKinesis workshops slated for October 22nd and November 12th at UMBC will be rescheduled. (I am making another sojourn to Switzerland.) Stay tuned for new dates!
Here's what's coming up!* Ready to dip your toe in with a free workshop? Want classes to enrich your teaching of music and/or dance? Open to an immersive experience that offers academic credit, CPD units, certification in Dalcroze or MusiKinesis®? October 14 (Saturday), 9:30-12:30 – MusiKinesis® Session for the Kentucky American Eurhythmics Society, Lexington October [...]
Remarks from the Summer 2017 class evaluations... Comments from students about the 1-week MusiKinesis class: "Wonderful." "This course will have a huge positive impact on my teaching. I have a better understanding of the teaching process and have a large amount of new activities to enrich my instruction." "It has given me many practical ideas [...]
23 Historic Modern Dance Musicians One of the sessions I presented at this week's International Conference of Dalcroze Studies (ICDS3) was on Piano Music for Modern Dance. I began researching these musicians because I wanted to know what music early modern dancers heard in their daily studies. After all, modern dance and modern music once worked [...]
MusiKinesis: Teaching Music/Dance Connections: A fresh approach to the Jaques-Dalcroze method! July 17-21, 2017 • 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Maryland CPD Credits: 2 Get inspired. Enrich your skills. Discover new strategies for your teaching. Using techniques of Dalcroze Eurhythmics, a system of study developed in Switzerland in the early 1900s, MusiKinesis delves into the nexus of [...]
What do Memorial Day, Ravel, augmented chords, and whole tone scales have in common? Find out in a new "Idea to Try" for piano improvisation, here.
A new "Ideas to Try" post ... about a lullaby, a few old music books, and some memories.