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Music Fundamentals for Dance PDF With Web Resource

Music Fundamentals for Dance PDF With Web Resource

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    Music Fundamentals for Dance provides students with a fundamental understanding of music and how it applies to dance performance, composition, and teaching. This valuable reference helps professional choreographers, dance educators, and dancers expand their knowledge of music and understand the relationships between music and dance.

    Fundamentals of Music for Dance helps dancers understand of the elements of music—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. An accompanying web resource contains these features:

    • Extended learning activities and support materials, including practice opportunities combining music skills with dance or choreography, chapter summaries, a glossary, websites, and handouts to help students practice music skills

    • Music clips on the website offer ready-made examples, which students can use in applying concepts from the book

    Written by an experienced dance educator, dancer, and choreographer, Music Fundamentals for Dance is the only current text that explains essential concepts of music and examines these concepts in relation to dance performance, composition, and teaching. By providing readers with a foundation of music knowledge, Music Fundamentals for Dance assists both future and current professionals in understanding the art form that will enhance their contributions as performers, choreographers, and educators.

    Chapter 1. Basic Concepts of Music and Notation


    Note and Rests



    Terms and Symbols of Expression



    Chapter 2. Elements of Musical Time

    Defining the Elements of Musical Time

    Note Value






    Chapter 3. Elements of Melody

    Two Types of Melody

    Melodic Characteristics

    Melodic Structure

    Cadences of Melodic Phrases

    Climaxes of Melodic Phrases



    Chapter 4. Texture

    Three Types of Musical Texture

    Counterpoint and Contrapuntal Devices


    Chapter 5. Reading Music Scores

    Definition of Music Score

    Value of Reading Scores

    Solo Instrument or Vocal Score

    Piano Scores

    Scores for Two or More Instruments or Voices

    Other Types of Scores


    Chapter 6. Form and Structure

    Understanding Musical Form

    Repetition and Contrast

    Binary Forms

    Ternary Forms


    Variation Forms



    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. She is president of CORPS de Ballet International, Inc., a professional organization for ballet teachers in higher education.

    Recognition for Nolen Holland’s choreography includes presentation of her work at the 1992 American College Dance Festival National Gala; the 1994 5th Biennial International University Dance Festival at the Université Lumière in Lyon, France; and the 2007 International Dance Alliance Festival in Chennai, India.

    All ancillary materials for this text are FREE to course adopters and available online at

    Web resource. Contains chapter summaries, glossary terms and definitions, web links, extended learning activities, and worksheets to aid students in understanding music theory.