Two Essential Rhythms: August 1st, 2-3 pm EDT. Dancers, Musicians and Teachers - join us! Discover how rhythmic patterning can enhance skills in both dance and music. By connecting movement in space with rhythmic durations in musical sound, the process provides several important benefits. First, it clarifies the relationship between time as it [...]
Dancers, Musicians and Teachers - join us! Update: The workshop is near capacity. If you aren't able to register, email for first notice of future workshops! Discover how elements of time and aural perception can create musicianship in dance, and how movement and spatial dimensions can move music. All you need [...]
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Special Features of This Year's MusiKinesis® Courses Daily classes in eurhythmics, teaching techniques, repertory, improv/composition and related areas form the foundation. Plus, the programs in both Baltimore and Rochester include a rich variety of added experiences, too! Baltimore County – July 8-12 This week will feature guest classes from experts in their fields. Teaching Children [...]
Freda Miller Modern Dance Musician, 1911-1960 Remember Modernism? Soon after women won their right to vote, they began the audacious exploration of dance as their own art form. Women were often their musical collaborators, as well. Here I'll introduce you to a significant one: Freda Miller. The staples of suburban dance studios seem to reference [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
“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 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 [...]