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Understanding Music
(video 3 of 4)

By February 12, 2017Understanding Music

In this third of four videos, I’m brutally honest. You can’t say that you are a musician if you don’t know at least some of the things musicians know. That is just logical. With a little knowledge about notes, bars and song structure we can teach more effectively and communicate more clearly. In this video I also quickly explain how to count 1/4 notes, 1/8 notes and 1/16 notes.

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  • Susan Filipiak says:

    Spot on, Steve!

    I begin each tap class (children, teens, adults) with everyone clapping 1/4 notes, 1/8 notes (straight & swing), 1/16 notes, triplets. It’s my ritual to begin each class, connecting dancers to each other, connecting dancers to the music, (and if we’re lucky to have actual musicians in the room) connecting musicians to dancers.

    • Steve Zee says:

      Sometimes I begin with some listening and basic “step heel” or “dig brush step heel” with different notes, too. Then we circle back and do shuffles, flaps, etc. . . I find, for some classes, that taking a moment to remember to listen changes everything. We DO have a lot of stuff in common! Steve

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