A Choir of You

Let's make a choir of you...

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Embodied Musical Knowledge

Dancers are not "beginners" at music.

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Musical Imagination

There is no "special or specific" way to speak about music in dance.

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Choreographic Listening

The more you practice speaking about your choreography, the easier it will be to collaborate with others.

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Playlists

Give students as many different experiences moving to as many different types of music as possible.

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Timbre

Is this a trombone or a marimba?

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The Tiny Dance

Music can create an environment where even the smallest movement from a dancer can be framed and influenced.

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Choosing Music

Search for music with someone in mind.

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Music as Practice

Listening to music is a practice.

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Beat, Pulse, Tempo, and Meter

A person is not a better or worse dancer if they choose to use, or not use, counting with movement.

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Music and Movement in 3

Meters are “containers” for counted movement.

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Music and Movement in 4

The most common meter is 4, but that does not make it any more or less complex.

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Music and Movement in 5

Accents play a huge role in how meters feel when counted.

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Music and Movement in 7

Every meter can be counted at any tempo.

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Open Time

Music with no counts, or open time, is most often called ambient.

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Teach and Watch Phrases

Practicing as a group makes musical concepts much more approachable.

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Teach and Watch Phrases 2

Do you prefer to make movement with or without counts?

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Starting a Collaboration

Collaborations can be a place to learn something new about your own process.

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Music and Process

There is no right or wrong time for music to come into the choreographic process.

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Budgets

A budget has nothing to do with respect, self worth or fairness.

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Remote Collaborations

I no longer need to travel to see a rehearsal of a piece, which allows me to work with anyone with access to the internet.

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Licensing

Reaching out for licensing is a perfect way to initiate future collaborations.

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Working with an Accompanist

Communication struggles that happen in a class can be averted by taking 15 minutes to connect beforehand.

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Musicians in Dance

We are a niche, within a niche, within a niche.

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Moving Further into Sound

There is always more to learn.

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