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Music for children and adults — songs, piano works, by and related to Jaques-Dalcroze, and more.

November 18 Coincidences

On a whim, I looked up “November 18” in music history and discovered a coincidence of composer birthdays. 11/18/1680 is the birthday of Jean-Baptiste Loeillet. 11/18/1860 is the birthday of Ignacy Jan Paderewski. Maybe I'm easily amazed, but that was enough to get me going. Loeillet The Loeillet soubriquet has been a bit confusing  for [...]

By | 2018-11-18T22:02:12+00:00 November 16, 2018|Arts History, Composers, Music, Piano, Video|0 Comments

Piano Myths: Part III

Piano Myths: Part III (See Part I and Part II) There are many young women, who, when they sit down to the piano to sing, twist themselves into so many contortions, and writhe their bodies and faces about into such actions and grimaces, as would almost incline one to believe that they are suffering great [...]

By | 2018-11-01T20:11:13+00:00 November 1, 2018|Music, Musings, Piano, Science|0 Comments

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 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

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

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 | 2018-06-18T14:38:57+00:00 November 21, 2017|Dance, Music, Musings|0 Comments

Workshop in NYC, April 9th

Dancers and Musicians: Join me in New York! Time and Energy in Space = DANCE Time and Energy in Sound = MUSIC What we have in common might surprise you! The most significant influence of Jaques-Dalcroze’s work may have been its impact on the development of modern dance. His institute in Hellerau was a seminal force for dance in [...]

By | 2017-03-30T22:19:33+00:00 March 30, 2017|Adults, Classes, Dance, Music, Special Sessions|0 Comments