Better Musicianship through Movement • Better Dance skills through Music
Whether you’re a music student, dancer or teacher, MusiKinesis® can take you further. It’s rooted in the Swiss method of Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, with a slightly different accent. As a contemporary American approach, MusiKinesis® is flexible, applicable and directly focused on the nexus of dance and music.
Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Modern Dance grew together in the early 20th century, but for a variety of reasons, they have parted ways. MusiKinesis® reunites them in experiences that enhance awareness of music at it exists in sound and in space.
For Musicians, exercises in movement instill a personal sense of music from the inside out. As students refine their understanding of concepts in rhythm, phrasing and nuance, they also develop skills in aural perception, coordination and creative improvisation. Music theory becomes personal experience, and improves performance at any instrument.
For Dancers, associating sound with movement brings clarity, expands range and opens the door to new creative possibilities in teaching, choreographing and performing. Standard dance vocabulary is related to time and energy in sound, and improvisatory work sparks further ideas and insights. Dancers will dance with more musicality, become acquainted with new music, and gain teaching skills and activities for use with their own students.
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Classes take place on Sundays at the University of Maryland – Baltimore County (Dance Department), and run during three 5-week sessions starting on January 8th – May 28. The fifth week in each session is a demonstration day, where parents and others can see examples of classwork and learn more about MusiKinesis®.
MusiKinesis for ages 5-8
Songs, stories, games and rhythmic movement create a fun learning experience for children.
Five big reasons for little ones to enroll:
- Sensory Integration – hearing, moving
- Coordination – better performance
- Aural Skills – perception of music
- Music theory – reading, writing, playing music
- Creativity, self-expression, vocabulary – enacting stories
MusiKinesis for ages 9-12
Five Great Reasons:
- Embodied interaction with music repertoire
- Movement skills for enhanced coordination
- Music theory in relation to movement activity
- Skills in aural perception of music, visual perception of movement
- Creative and critical thinking in conveying meaning
Advanced concepts and applications for musicians and dancers.
Five essential benefits:
- Rhythmic movement activities develop internal sense of music
- Quick-reaction exercises develop efficient ear-mind-body connection
- Improved perception, performance and understanding of music
- Develops nuances of musicianship along with accuracy
- Improvisation and composition in music and movement spark creativity
Music and Dance Teachers
Start with the Teen/Adult class, and stay for the Teachers’ class. Gain new inspiration for your classes with:
- Ideas and techniques for teaching music and dance, at all levels
- Skills and understanding in the connection of music and dance
- Springboards for creative work in improvisation and composition
- Designs for lesson planning
- Teaching strategies developed by Emile Jaques-Dalcroze
Modern Dance — MusiKinetically!
This Dance Class embodies music and musicality in the context of modern dance technique. With a wide range of music — from drums to Renaissance dances to avant-garde music and more — you’ll approach standard dance technique, barres and “warm-ups” in a new way. Musicians who want to learn movement technique and vocabulary are also welcome!
Expand your outlook with:
- A repertory of combinations and choreographies related to music
- New discoveries of music to add to your playlist
- Skills in aural perception of music and rhythmic perception of movement
- Ideas and inspirations for your own teaching
- Potential for new teaching opportunities
(This class is part of a video project. Skilled dancers who would like to be in the video may take the class free!)