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Tempo Matters, a LOT!

Aug 08, 2021

Speed matters..all the time, not only on the highway!

Imagine you get to drive a Ferrari... 30 kms an hour. Gag, right? Or how about a farm tractor with a seeder on the back, as fast as it will go on the autobahn? Either situation sounds awful, right? It's a matter of each vehicle having an essential value and sweet spot that they're intended for and using them in other ways just makes no sense and doesn't work well; music is no different.

Each of the music types that are commonly used in ballet class...

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Blog #45: Level Up Your Marking by using these 4 music qualities

May 29, 2021

I'm not playing the piano, why do I need to know music terms? Does it really matter if I know what those 4 words mean?

Yes! Yes! and YES!!!

You NEED to know what they are so you can be clear to your musicians, your dancers and yourself when you're marking! Your total awareness and ability to express these music qualities will take your teaching to a WHOLE new level! 

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4 Music Terms you NEED to Know, Understand and Demonstrate

Tempo

This is the speed of music you need. When...

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#24: Potato chips, Sneezes and Tangy Tangos

Jun 23, 2020

Similarities Between Music within a Metered Family

Have you ever considered the differences and similarities between different music styles? For example, the 4/4 and the 2/4 are both part of the duple meter family, meaning you, as a dance teacher, can count both of them by simply saying 1 & 2 & along with the music; they are divisible by 2. 

Another similarity is the 3/4 adagio and 6/8 adagio, they are both slow triple meter music, meaning you, as a dance  teacher, count them the same,...

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#19: Thai Food, Chopin and Mazurkas.. Say what?!

Apr 02, 2020

Thai food and the Mazurka.. say what?

A mazurka is an interesting thing..it's full of flavour and excitement. It hits lively and quick but zips away before you can settle down with it. It's like the hit of spice in Thai food.. smacks you, it's zippy, but it's so freakin' good that you just keep wanting more!

We're in the depths of Covid-19 and I am getting tired of my own cooking.. can you tell? lol. I'd LOVE a good serving of Thai green curry with chicken, and cashews.. sigh. Ah well, back to the...

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#16: My mind was blown! (How have I never stumbled upon this before??!)

Feb 25, 2020
 

I had an epiphany recently.. I was playing a class for a teacher who asked me for a mazurka. They then proceeded to mark and count a 3 with the lilt of a mazurka, but on every beat.. like a polka mazurka.. plus a little slower, like a polka mazurka.. THEN, as I was playing the perfect piece of music for the exercise, a polka mazurka, I was struck by sections within it that had groupings of 3 eighth notes (a triplet) on a beat and my mind exploded.. not literally, but almost! 

Mazurka: Quicker,...

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