August 3 - 10, 2013


In this intensive English Country Dance Musicians Course, comprising two periods each day, we'll work with the musical tools and experience you already have, and delve as deeply as possible into the many facets of this wonderful and varied music. English dance music can use skills from a variety of musical backgrounds -- contra, classical, baroque, medieval, renaissance, jazz, different aspects of folk musics, your own hybrids and sense of musical style, even choral part singing (and more!).

The course will make use of practical musical theory, improvisation and musicianship exercises, exploring ways to vary melodies, find and develop harmonies, bass lines, chords, rhythmic approaches, obbligatos, etc., practice in arranging, and intensive work in small groups, supervised and occasionally unsupervised. We'll work by ear as well as by paper.

We'll also look at different historical settings of English Country Dance music. These range from settings of the Renaissance Playford collections, dances set to melodies by Purcell and his contemporaries, likewise some of the classical music adapted for English Dance, elegant 'Jane-Austin-ish' tunes, as well as gnarly versions of folk and ballad tunes. We'll also spend a little time composing in different styles. A sense of musical adventure is necessary! Must be able to read music.


Shira Kammen


7:45-8:15 Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style
8:15-8:45 Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available
9:00-10:00 English Dance Musicians Course
ECD Style and Mechanics through the Modern Lens (Adv): Joanna Reiner
ECD The Marvelous Classics (Adv): Brad Foster
ECD Classic Repertoire and Style (Beg/Int): Rich Jackson
English Clog (Adv): Stephanie Besford
11:25-12:00 Gathering
12:00-12:30 Swimming, Bookstore staffed
12:30 Lunch
ECD Open Mic/Open Band (For all): Joanna Reiner, Aldo Fabrizi
North West Morris (For all): Tom Besford
ECD Choreographer’s Discussion Group (For all): Rich Jackson
Harmony Singing (For all): Alex Cumming
3:00-4:00 English Dance Musicians Course
4:00-4:30 Tea, Swimming, Bookstore staffed
ECD Modern Medley (For all): Brad Foster
Longsword (For all): Tom Besford
Deliver the Rhythm! - Playing Dance Tunes with Oomph and Grace (For all): Anna Patton
5:30-6:30 Swimming, Bookstore staffed, camper-initiated parties
6:30 Dinner
8:00-10:45 Evening Dance Party (starting with For Those Who Know)
11:00 After-dance Activities
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