The Fundamentals Of Music For Dancers

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These short lectures on the fundamentals of music, complete with musical illustrations embody the historical development of melody, harmony and rhythm in music.  Each concept is made clear in terms relating to dance.  Musical form is analyzed so that its structure becomes recognizable and applicable to dance composition.  Suggestions are made to aid the selection of music for dance.  These lectures are appropriate for high school or college modern dance classes.   They have been classroom tested and found to be easily understood and highly effective in promoting student understanding of the correlation between music and dance.

The teacher may wish to introduce a single lecture at a time in the classroom.  Further musical examples of each concept might be selected for the development of a dance study.

MELODY could be related to the spacial aspects of dance – its linear design.  Special emphasis could be put on contrasts in level, amplitude, plane, contour, focus, direction, and floor pattern.  Simple melody suggests unison movement on the part of the dancers.

HARMONY is a system consisting of chord blocks which support a melody.  As an example of some of the older forms of harmony two or more dancers might perform the same dance material on different levels,  planes, or in different amplitudes; therefore, paralleling each other and visually producing the equivalent of chords.

TIME is of equal importance to music and dance.  The illustrative study on the recording might be developed further in the classroom with students moving to their assigned note values and using percussive instruments.

ACCENT should be experienced as a dynamic aspect of dance.  Movements accents may accompany or contrast musical accents.

FORM in dance, as in music, finds its essence in the phrase.  An understanding of antecedent and consequent phrases as well as the musical concepts of repetition and contrast will aid the dancer in comprehending phrase development in his own medium.

COUNTERPOINT in polyphonic music consist of two or more lines or melodies occurring simultaneously.  In dance, this could imply contrasting linear studies derived from round, canon and fuge forms.

… Jean Pyatt

Label: Rhythms Productions
Catalog#: CC  609 (1-3)
Format: Vinyl, 7″ x3 (33 ⅓ RPM)
Series: “Compact Library Of Basic Activities, Series 1
Series:  “Compact Library Of Music For Dance, Series 1
Country: US
Released: 1962

Track List:
A1  Melody
B1   Harmony
C1   Time (Measures and Subdivisions of Beats)
D1   Accent
E1   Form (Phrases and Sections)
E2   Le Tambourin (Rameau)
F1   Polyphonic Music (Counterpoint)

Music by Ruth White
Illustrations by Maria Wallace
Lectures with musical illustrations
Notes by Jean Pyatt on container.

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