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Celebrating the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage: The Music of the Movement

Happy Anniversary! Today is the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. It’s hard to believe it was only two generations ago that American women were disenfranchised. My own grandmother was prohibited from casting a ballot. Even after the ratification of the 19th amendment, black women (as well [...]

MusiKinesis® with Dance Students: a sample

Among my ongoing, unfinished projects is creating and publishing a multifaceted Music for Dance course curriculum. The design would include guided study for teachers, audio files, work sheets, lesson outlines, and videos demonstrating exercises. Here, a small group of students from my undergraduate "Music for Dance" course shows a few exercises. [...]

By |2020-08-06T00:39:40-04:00August 6, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Happy Birthday, Saint Valentine

The Hill Sisters' Claim to Fame  I remember when the candle shop burned down. Everyone stood around singing 'Happy Birthday.' – Steven Wright We all know it. We all do it. Singing “Happy Birthday” has become a cultural phenomenon. The Guiness Book of World Records has called it the best-known song in the English language. It [...]

By |2020-02-13T20:57:47-05:00February 12, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fascinating Freda Miller

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 [...]

Dancing

Inside out <-> Outside in We’ve all heard the phrase, “dance like nobody’s watching.” It’s a cliché now, but it caught on because it means something… Something about feeling free in one’s own space, and therefore happy. Not that freedom to feel always means feeling happy. Otherwise, people wouldn’t have come up with so many [...]

MusiKinesis Summer Certification Course

MusiKinesis: Teaching Music/Dance Connections University of Maryland - Baltimore County Performing Arts and Humanities Building Dance Department, Technology Studio -- 2nd Floor July 17-21, 2017  •  9:00 am - 4:00 pm   Tuition: $320; Early Registration (through May 31) $280 Maryland CPD Credits: 2 Musicians and dancers come together in this interdisciplinary course! Discover a vibrant way to [...]

By |2017-06-15T18:45:54-04:00January 26, 2017|Adults, Classes, Dance, Music, Summer Classes, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dance Legends: A few choice quotes on music

‘’Often I thought to myself, what a mistake to call me a dancer – I am the magnetic centre to convey the emotional expression of the Orchestra.” - Isadora Duncan     “I couldn’t move, I don’t even want to move, unless I hear the music first. I couldn’t move without a reason, and the reason is [...]