June 26 - July 3, 2014


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.


Program Director
Peter Barnes


7:45-8:15 Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style
8:15-8:45 Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available
8:30-8:50 General Morning Warmup and Recorder Warm-up
9:00-10:30 English Dance Musicians Course
Advanced English Country Dance (A)
Intermediate English Country Dance (I and up)
English Country Dance Essentials (B and up)
Introduction to Renaissance Dance (All levels)
12:00-12:30 Free time: Swimming, Bookstore staffed
12:30 Lunch
What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body (All)
La Contenance Angloise (I-A, voices and instruments)
Beginning Consort Skills (LI-HI)
Masque Scenes (I-A voices, strings and winds, keyboard)
The Music of Purcell (HI-A)
Longsword (All)
The English Waites: Loud Band at the Tudor Court (I-A reeds and brass)
Madrigals from the Triumphs of Oriana (All voices and instruments)
3:35-4:45 English Dance Musicians Course
5:00-5:30 Tea
5:30-6:20 Free time: Informal camper readings, Swimming, Bookstore staffed, Side-by-Side Readings
  Faculty rehearsals
6:30 Dinner
7:45 Mini Presentations
8:15 All Camp Dance
9:45-10:45 Special Events
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