Music is amazing..
I’ve travelled and played piano in 5 different countries, on grand stages, small halls and dimly lit lounges and do you know what all those experiences had in common? People enjoying the music. Like my grandpa used to say for fun, “Hey! You can play in German!” lol
Music is life.
Music brings joy.
Music exudes and builds emotions.
Music propels movement.
Music can drive and inspire a dancer who’s had a bad day.
Today I want to discuss STRONG music. If you’ve been reading my posts, you know that music is made up of a couple of different things; Accent, key colour (major, minor), tempo and meter. There are strong music types in both the triple and duple meter so.. let’s go with those two categories and run with it!
As you’re reading about these music types, keep in mind the different dance movements that you might want STRONG music for! STRONG movements (grand battement, frappes, medium and grand allegro, tendus, degage/jetes, and more)!
When you’re considering the music you want to use for an exercise, the absolutely BEST music for your exercise, the best place to start is.. what qualities are you working on for that movement and then which music type will drive and support your intentions!
When you've got these first two steps.. the third is a natural outflow of it!
Remember, if you’re finding these blog posts helpful, you’ve GOT to plan on taking The Official Music Training Course for Ballet Teachers in the future.. The OMTC is these blog posts on steroids! You’ll finish the course knowing ALL the best music types for ballet and how to count and use them! (https://www.thebarrepianist.com/THEOMTC
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- Lorel L
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