August 3 - 10, 2013
This week long intensive course emphasizes ear training, arranging and strong ensemble playing. Learning by ear will be a strong theme of the week. Students do not need to be skilled (or even comfortable!) playing by ear. Those who are unused to playing by ear will find the course an excellent initiation into this essential skill while others will likely find Keith and Becky’s method to be a great skill builder. Using creative harmonies will be one element in exploring the arrangement process in contra dance music - how to establish a mood and create a sense of drama and excitement over the course of a medley. And we will pay close attention to rhythmic fine points to see how rhythmic clarity and precision adds power and cohesion to a dance band.
All players will work on learning dance melodies as well as learning the fundamentals of chord theory and the process of choosing chords. The class will break into smaller working groups to experiment with building medleys and developing arrangements.
The class will be oriented towards intermediate to advanced players. Participants should have a basic tune repertoire and be comfortable playing at dance tempo.
Students are encouraged to come to class with a recording device.
The Course meets for two hours each morning. For the rest of the day, participants can choose from among the activities available at the host week. There is an afternoon dance that may offer playing opportunities.
Keith Murphy & Becky Tracy
|9:00-11:00||American Dance Musicians Course|
|11:15-12:00||Morning Gathering: songs, dances, show & tell|
|12:30-1:00||Buffet Lunch Served|
|2:35-4:35||2-Hour Swim Block All ages, 9 & under/parent|
Teachers Seminar: Kari Smith
Stories at the Green Chairs - Donald Davis
|7:45-8:30||Evening Gathering: Andy Davis and friends|
|8:15||Pied Piper/Bedtime for children 9 & younger|
|8:30-10:45||Evening Dance Party|
|9:30||Bedtime for 10-12 year olds|