I’m about to say some thing that might sting a little… Like salt on a wound. Ready? It comes from a place of love and understanding so please bear with me, ok?
If you’re a ballet teacher who works with pianists/musicians and your pianist's tempos are always wrong, no matter who the pianist is.. it's probably the other adult in the room. (Don't shoot the messenger just yet.. bear with me!) I promise this is going somewhere good!
To avoid having this constant tempo frustration in the studio, here is my number one recommendation..Drumroll...
What I mean is, when you're creating a tendu exercise, pick a piece of music and listen to it while you're creating that tendu exercise. Match your tendu exercise to that music in tempo, quality and phrases, even if it's not going to be the actual music for your class..
So, though this is a fairly short blog post compared to others I've written, it’s incredibly valuable if you put it into action! Your students, pianists, musicians, etc will thank you when it becomes infinitely easier to pick up your exercise and understand what you're thinking, musically!
Always listen intentionally to specific music when you are creating exercises and you’ll be amazed at how much better your exercises feel with music and how much easier it is to mark them musically in the studio (you won't be searching your brain for the tempo or meter you want as often, or at all!).
And finally, you’ll be blown away by how much better your pianist/exercise/musicality relationships will be! If you're not one of their favourite teachers to play for, you'll be well on the way there using this tip! (Really, who doesn't want to be the favourite ballet teacher in the studio, right?!)
So so so worth it!
If you're thinking, "Lorel that's great, but where do I even start with thinking about exercises and music combinations?", I suggest you grab a freebie I've created giving you some ideas for music types and ballet exercises called 10 Creative Ways to Use Music! Start with that and see where it takes you!
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