MusiKinesis Blog

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

American Modern Dance, Music Visualizations and Plastique animée

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 [...]

By | 2017-11-21T00:00:47+00:00 November 21, 2017|Dance, Music, Musings|0 Comments

Classes and Workshops – 2017-2018

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 [...]

By | 2017-08-16T23:21:40+00:00 August 16, 2017|Adults, Classes, Dance, Music, Special Sessions, Summer Classes|0 Comments

Summer Class Evaluations: The reviews are in!

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 [...]

By | 2017-08-04T16:38:50+00:00 August 4, 2017|Adults, Classes, Dance, Music, Summer Classes|0 Comments

23 Historic Modern Dance Musicians

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 [...]

By | 2017-10-19T23:26:45+00:00 August 4, 2017|Dance, Music|0 Comments

There’s still time to register for the Summer MusiKinesis course!

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 [...]