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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Why I Walked Away “Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.”Mahatma Gandhi Walking. I know people who walk on treadmills at the gym, count daily steps with a wrist device, yet habitually look for parking spaces near buildings to minimize walking. Maybe we only give conscious thought to walking [...]
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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 [...]