Without having to enter a full-time teaching program and spend a ton of money!
If you've been following me on social, you likely know that I've taken a ton of time to create a music training course for ballet teachers. You also probably know that it is all about music, rhythms, and how to use them well as a ballet teacher. Finally, you probably also know that the course is a solid introduction to selecting music intentionally, counting and teaching with a pianist!
You will experience understanding; with understanding, comes confidence!
Whether for CPD hours or general professional development, The OMTC is one of the best ways to gain that PD that you might be a required to take.
When your students get tired of syllabus all year long and ask for free classes, anxiety might begin to bubble up inside of you. Perhaps you've avoided teaching non-syllabus classes because you hate the feelings of inadequacy and lack of confidence.
Perhaps you just keep using the same old music and the same old exercises because you don't know what else you could be using or how to count it well.
No one wants to look inept, at least I know I don't.
Likely these feelings come from a lack of confidence in your ability to count music correctly.
Taking this course will clarify your confusion about rhythms, time signatures, accents and how to count them clearly.
Rather than struggle through all the feelings, or avoiding unset classes, choose another path! Be the catalyst of change, growth and musicality in yourself AND your dancers. Step boldly into a future where you capably and knowledgeably use a wide variety of music to teach ballet class.
Read on if you dare..
Using syllabus only all year long is a detriment to your students' development as dancers. Their ability to respond to music organically disappears when they dance to the same music all the time.
Whether for exams, performances or competitions, musical dancers are a treat for all to watch.
It is integral that your dancers experience a wide array of time signatures in their ballet classes; include a variety of time signatures for each exercise, as doing so will change their artistic and musical response!
It's common for teachers who have little or no music training to avoid using many different types of music because they do NOT want to look incapable in front of their students.
Pushing yourself to use time signatures that are unfamiliar not only pushes you to learn how to count it, it ALSO pushes your dancers to develop their ears to hear new rhythms and respond to them!
Exposing yourself and your students to new and unfamiliar time signatures/music styles is so incredibly important for developing the musical ears of your students. They need to learn how to count all the music types too!
Assuming that using different levels of syllabus, running other teachers' classes when they're sick and watching ballets is going to teach you all you need to know about music is wishful thinking. Riding a bus or riding along with your parents does not teach you to drive; eventually, you need to get behind the wheel and take drivers training.
When you choose to learn and develop skills to understand, count and use music well, you go from catching a ride to driving where you want to go!
Don't wait years to develop the musical skills you need; be proactive and 'get behind the wheel'!
Learning about music is a life long journey. However, there's no reason you can't jump the first 10-15 years of learning how to use music by taking a thoughtfully and carefully created course that was made just for you!!
As a pianist with 20 years of ballet accompanying experience, in addition to teaching and co-teaching the music portion of teacher training programs, I am very prepared and excited to be your cheerleader and coach through this course!
I have worked 1 on 1 with many teachers in training preparing for their Cecchetti Associate exams and it's awesome to watch as things begin to make sense as they sift through the ballet knowledge they have and begin to see how it fits like a glove with the music knowledge that they're learning!
I know you want to be the best ballet educator that you can be for your dancers and part of that is your ability to quickly and clearly articulate exercises using appropriate music! The less time you spend marking an exercise, the more time your dancers get for dancing and you get, for correcting them! It's a win win!
The Official Music Training Course for Ballet Teachers is the ONLY program of its kind that…
1. Teaches what's relevant on a page of sheet music to a dance educator.
2. Demonstrates and teaches, via video, text and PDFs, the basic rhythms of all 20 styles of music.
3. Gives you recordings of each kind of music to analyze and practice counting along to.
4. Requires you to apply the rhythm and qualities of the music to create an exercise using that music type.
5. Gives you a base knowledge of communication and etiquette for a respectful and positive relationship with a pianist. 6. Gives you lifetime access to come back and re-watch the materials as much as you like!
So if you’re ready to finally learn about 'all things music' related to teaching ballet class while keeping up your busy schedule, without spending WAY TOO MUCH on Professional Development ..
Of course you want to know how others found it..
"I've just completed Module 2, so I thought I'd drop you a note to say how much I am enjoying the course!!!
Having been involved with mentoring many young ballet teachers & noticing that Music is a common weakness for all of them... I have been looking at basic 'Music Theory Courses' online over the years, to try to find something to guide students towards establishing a good music theory basis.
Your course is perfect for them!!! Particularly as it is directly related to ballet!!!
I especially like the way you have such a sound knowledge yourself of ballet technique!!! ... and are focusing on the following areas.
Can't wait for the next Module!!!"
"I have really enjoyed the course so far! .. I really appreciate when you describe the different movements and have exercises that go well with each time of music. Sometimes I'll have trouble picturing how I'd use the music and then you mention a specific exercise, like fondus, and it clicks, like, oh yeah, I have been using that for those movements before! I also have been writing down the exercises created for each one, and I find it really helpful in solidifying the feeling of the music.
Thanks so much for putting all of this together, it's been really great so far, and I'm looking forward to getting into the next module!"
"Finishing the course coincided with returning to the studio and working with my pianist. Now I am able to communicate effectively to get music that supports and suits each exercise, and I have the knowledge to troubleshoot alternatives when something isn't working. The OMTC codified the music knowledge I've learned over the years and built upon it. Ultimately it has made me a more confident teacher."
Here's how it's laid out! (And by the way, it's self-study so you're not required to be online at any specific time. Take your time if you need to, with lifetime access, there's no rush!)
If you were to look at a sheet of music, would you know which symbols and words are relevant for you to understand on the page?
This mini course teaches you the relevant information to know in order to make sheet music a resource for you instead of an indiscernible 7th language.
Get a basic grasp of the ingredients of a sheet of music so that you can look at it and get a sense of what it is and what it might sound like. Sheet music taught with the ballet teacher in mind.
These 4 modules are dedicated to teaching you music in both the duple meter (music that divides by 2) and triple meter (music that divides by 3).
It is organized from slowest to quickest tempo. (Module 2: Slower Duple Meter, Module 3: Quicker Duple Meter, Module 4: Slower Triple Meter, Module 5: Quicker Triple Meter.)
Modules 2-5 teach 20 different music types using my 3 step process with video and audio recordings as well as text and PDF downloads for your future reference.
After all the music learning, you're going to feel a lot more motivated to consider adding a pianist to your ballet class which means, you need to know some basic studio etiquette for working with a them! Having these skills will smooth the way towards a wonderful long term working relationship, in and out of the studio!
Though this module is short, it includes some vital and valuable information for you.
I expect that you will thoroughly enjoy and learn from this course.
If you find that it's just not what you thought it would be after you've begun the work, let me know in the first 15 days after the course work begins by replying to any one of your course welcome emails that you'd like to cancel the course and get your money back, and I'll be happy to return it, no questions asked.
Your access to the course will cease at that time.
The Official Music Training Course - $499 USD Value
Total Value: $529 USD
1 Payment of
(or 2 payments of $115.97 USD)
What people asked before signing up for The Official Music Training Course for Ballet Teachers
If, as you move through the material, you have questions or confusion, just shoot me an email!
My goal for you is that you understand, can count and that you are using music capably while teaching ballet class by the end of this course and I will do anything in my powers to support your course journey!
Obviously, you and I in the studio diving deep on each music type would expedite your learning journey dramatically. That being said, this course is a VERY CLOSE second to that kind of experience!
Work on the course wherever you like, whenever you like!
CHEAP compared to paying someone to work with you privately or taking a music theory course at your local/online dance teacher academy. (If you can find one!)
I expect that you will quite enjoy the ease of working through the course on your own time, wherever you like, whether via the Kajabi smart phone app or your laptop/desktop computer.
After 20 years of teaching music and accompanying ballet and in this weird time of mandatory online learning, how could I NOT create something that benefits the industry and teachers that I dearly love?
Back in September 2019, when I thought about all the knowledge/skills that I have and that they really only get used in the studios as needed, it felt like a shame and a waste! I thought, "I could be using this knowledge by helping, training and encouraging the next generations of ballet teachers through positive, affordable, quality music education!"
This course includes quality education that is available for ballet teachers without having to pay a large fee for a massive all-encompassing teaching program. There is certainly a place for that type of comprehensive training, but not everyone is in a place to push pause on their life as they know it, to spend that kind of money and time on themselves.
This course is accessible, helpful, affordable, easy to follow, with lifetime access and includes music recordings you can download and use!
I have good news! I spent a lot of time (11 months in fact!) processing, organizing, creating and recording exactly what needed to be in the course to take ballet teachers from uncertain or unknowing to capable and knowledgeable.
This course has been carefully and thoughtfully recorded with a ballet teacher in mind who maybe knows nothing about music but wants to learn. Whether it's a refresher, a confidence builder or brand new information, I have no doubts that you'll LOVE what you'll get from it!
Oh man, have I got great news for you! I have carefully gone through the music requirements for the Associate exam and this course more than covers it all. (Though I, as a business, am not associated with the Cecchetti society at this time, you can rest assured that I have done my research and taking this course will only strengthen your musical skills!)
Through doing all of the lessons and coursework, you will develop and learn MORE than is required by the Associate exam. Obviously, your ability to use the music in the studio confidently is on you to practice!
I've done my part by thoughtfully and intentionally creating this course to teach and lead you through all the music knowledge you need to successfully use music as a ballet teacher.
You will learn all the required music types needed for your Associate exam and a few extra!
You will learn how to count the music like a musician AND like a dancer, including introductions!
You'll be asked to create intentional exercises for each music type.
You'll learn how to effectively use your voice to lead and demonstrate counts, beats, qualities of the movement, music qualities, etc.
Finally, you'll get a short but comprehensive look at what you need to know and practice when working with a pianist.
Always a valuable skill, right?
Short story is: Yes. It counts for 20 CPD hours.
Long story is:
I spent over an hour visiting with the Head of the CPD program in the UK and learned all about the requirements they have for CPD hours.
Here is what I have learned.
A) Teachers must earn at least 20 CPD hours in a year. 10 of them must be time-valued, the other 10 MAY be time-valued, OR experience earned (like watching a production, etc).
B) For courses to count for CPD hours, teachers must have a paper/email stating the goals and objectives reached, how many hours were earned, and finally, who/what distributed/taught the course.
When you have completed The Official Music Training Course for Ballet Teachers, every. single. lesson., You will receive an email with that exact required information on it for your own records and submission, if required!
You can always email me at anytime with your questions, I'll get back to you ASAP!
You'll get access to all 6 Modules right away!
If you said “yes” to at least 6 of the above, I can’t wait to meet you inside The Official Music Training Course for Ballet Teachers
The Official Music Training Course - $499 USD Value
Total Value: $529 USD
1 Payment of
(or 2 payments of $115.97 USD)
I just wanted to check in with you and let you know that I would never want you to invest in a course that didn't serve you and your students in a big way.
I definitely wouldn't be putting myself out there like this if I didn't believe (and know) that the music training course I've created was an immense value and absolutely powerful for you!
You and your students deserve the best in personal development; truly, I believe that being able to use a wide variety of music easily and naturally should be something that EVERY ballet teacher deserves to know how to do.
Through many conversations with ballet teachers, I have come to know that often the music training is given the least amount of importance and focus during ballet teacher training. That is doing all of your current and future dancers such a disservice. The boost of confidence you would feel with this knowledge is freeing.
Whether you choose to register now or take The Official Music Training Course for Ballet Teachers in the future, I know that you will not regret your decision to invest in this invaluable skill and the musical future of you and your dancers.
P.S. Shoot me an email if you have any questions, ok? [email protected]
Kidding.. go ahead, I know this is a big decision that you might need to think about it! (It comes highly recommended though, for the record!)