Choreographers often find music for dances in the same place: from other dancers, making it tough to use something unique. Avoid overused composers and songs with these 3 tips.
Patience Clements is the company pianist for Charleston Ballet Theatre and has been accompanying dance classes for over 30 years. In this post, Dance Advantage reviews 2 of her 4-disc series, New Piano Music for Ballet Class. If you’re looking for original melodies with lots of variety for your classes, try New Piano Music for the Dedicated Dancer (with Susan Jaffe) and for the Young Dancer.
Richard Maddock wants to give away one Music for Movement and Imaginations CD to THREE Dance Advantage readers. Leave a comment at this post describing the characteristics of, or what you look for in your favorite CDs for dance class.
“Finding good ballet class music is so difficult. I am hard to please, and I want the music I choose to inspire my students, not just provide accompaniment. To that end, I have gone through a lot of CDs searching for ones that have good length, sound and quality. I use these CDs for my intermediate adult ballet class.”
There are many inventive ways that dance teachers can lay a foundation for musicality and a competency in musical theory within their classes. The suggestions (or perhaps more accurately, principles) below are by no means a complete guide to accomplishing the task but, hopefully they’ll prime the pump of your own creativity.
Today I’m sharing with you a list of five albums from my own class music collection. I have put these to use and would recommend them for classes with young children.