English Dance Musicians Course at Early Music Week
June 26 - July 3, 2014
Held during Early Music Week at Pinewoods.
Peter Barnes has been playing more instruments, in more genres, in more interesting locations, for longer than most of us can remember. Averaging over 250 gigs per year, he currently plays in the Latter Day Lizards, Bare Necessities, Big Bandemonium, Dark Carnival and Yankee Ingenuity. Peter also keeps himself busy with teaching, recording, publishing music books, composing and crafting wooden whistles.
With its wide variety and long history, English traditional dance music is infinitely rewarding to play, ranging in feel from classical to jazzy to barn-dance styles. Knowing how to play for a dance event with so many differing musical possibilities is the challenge and the joy of the ECD musician. Please join me as we learn about and practice repertoire as well as harmonizing, improvisation, phrasing, ornamentation, tempo selection and maintenance, working with callers and the skills of ensemble playing (without having your band sound like mush).
This course will present ideas, tunes and concepts in the 90 minute class each morning. In a daily afternoon class, there is an opportunity to implement those ideas in supervised small band settings.
Our emphasis will be on playing. Participants should be able to competently sight-read new music at an appropriate tempo on their instrument. Come learn what you need to know to start or be in an English dance band. As we explore both the beautiful and the comical in the dance-playing art, you'll probably have fun as well!
This course, held concurrently with Early Music Week, is an exciting opportunity to be in a musician-focused environment, where others will be working on technique, period style and improvisation. As part of Early Music Week, English Dance Musicians Course participants will have a chance to join one of the three graded, daily English country dance classes, to be reminded of the music from the "user's end". Early Music Week offers a number of options for the rest of the afternoon (including practice time), as well as dancing and concerts in the evenings.
-- Peter Barnes, Program Director
Small group ensembles will work with The Barnes Book of English Country Dance Tunes (both Volumes), available from CDSS and at the camp bookstore.
This course is limited to 12 participants to ensure plenty of opportunity for active participation. If it is oversubscribed on March 17, there will be a lottery of qualified applicants, with preference given to musicians with experience playing for English country dance. Please clearly indicate if you would like to attend Early Music Week, if you did not get a space in the course. Scholarships are available.
|7:00-7:30||Tai-Chi for all|
|7:45-8:15||Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style|
|8:15-8:45||Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available|
|9:00-10:30||English Dance Musicians Course|
|11:00-12:00||English Country Dance Classes|
|12:00-12:30||Free time: Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
|2:00-3:15||Early Afternoon Classes|
|3:35-4:45||English Dance Musicians Course|
|5:30-6:20||Free time: Informal camper readings, Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
|8:15-10:00||All Camp Dance|