MusiKinesis Blog

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 [...]

Free MusiKinesis® Session: Music, Dance, & Young Children

Join us! Enjoy a new Zoom session on rhythm in movement! For dancers and musicians alike, we'll make concepts of music physical and bring dance movements into greater musical clarify. With continued study, dancers can learn skills in musicality for themselves and exercises for their students, while musicians will gain insights into the [...]

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

Free Class #2 – August 1st

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 [...]

Free MusiKinesis® Workshop via Zoom

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 [...]

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

Summer Highlights!

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 [...]

By |2019-07-02T23:33:43-04:00July 2, 2019|Adults, Classes, Dance, Music, MusiKinesis, Summer Classes|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 [...]