"Music Fundamentals for Dance" is currently the only book to explain essential concepts of music and examine these concepts in relation to dance performance, composition and teaching. This valuable reference helps professional choreographers, dance teachers and dancers expand their knowledge of music and understand the relationships between music and dance. It helps dancers understand the various elements of music, such as form and structure, musical time, melody, texture and score reading and how they relate to dance performance and choreography. They will learn music vocabulary for easier communication with other dancers, musicians and conductors. Overviews of musical forms, styles and genres are complemented by an examination of their relation to dance and choreography. Each chapter ends with exercises, activities and projects that offer students a range of active learning experiences to connect music fundamentals to their dance training. Understanding dance as an art form.
Nola Nolen Holland, MFA, is an assistant professor in the Department of Dance at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. For 10 years Nolen Holland taught courses in music for dance. Her search for a music text written specifically for dancers led her to create Music Fundamentals for Dance. An experienced dancer, dance educator, and choreographer, Nolen Holland danced with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and has initiated several composer collaborations in order to develop original music for her dance works.
Chapter 1. Basic Concepts of Music and Notation; Chapter 2. Elements of Musical Time; Chapter 3. Elements of Melody; Chapter 4. Texture; Chapter 5. Reading Music Scores; Chapter 6. Form and Structure.