Live music puzzlement

Agnes MacMichael

Message 57055 · 28 Oct 2009 19:34:10 · Variable-width font · Whole thread

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I am in the fortunate position of having an accordianist play for my group
nights on a Monday. I find it easier teaching with live music. To me it is
easier to ask a 'live' musician to give 24 bars, 8 bars, 16 bars or even 4
bars of music to teach a certain element of a dance, especially if there are
tricky bits in it.
However, I work with CDs in my other group and if I want to have them dance
just 8 bars etc I obviously have to start and stop the music and this can
interrupt the train of thought and teaching for the teacher.
I do realise however that not everyone is lucky enough to be able to have
live music for classes, but if there was a choice, mine would always be for
the live music against the CD.
Personally speaking the musician is invaluable if the teacher is not sure
about the music, he will keep he/she right.
This was pointed out to me when I was doing my Prelim for Scottish Country
Dancing by Robert Mackay. Robert is a fantastic musician and so helpful.
Teachers can get a goof rapour going with a musician and they can work very
closely together sorting out the music, barring etc. To me the teacher and
musician are helping each other. The teacher perhaps giving the musician an
insight into the dance and the musician guiding the teacher with the music.
Agnes

2009/10/28 Steve Wyrick <xxxxxxxx@xxxxx.xxx>

> I frequently fiddle with other local musicians for various SCD and step
> dance classes, workshops, etc. A favorite teacher is substituting next
> month at another class in the area that to my knowledge has never (in over
> 30 years) had musicians playing for their classes, so one of my bands
> offered to play for her as we thought it might be a nice change for the
> class. She and the class manager were excited to have us but it was vetoed
> by their regular teachers. We were told they are currently studying the
> issue of live music and formulating a policy for having it once a month in
> classes and didn't want to jump the gun! Personally I suspect the
> long-time
> regular teachers don't want anything to do with live music in their classes
> and are dragging their heels but I don't understand it. Why might a
> teacher
> not want competent musicians over recorded music for a class? Is it more
> difficult for a teacher to work with live vs. recorded music, or is it just
> a matter of familiarity, or something else? -Steve
> --
> Steve Wyrick -- Walnut Creek, California
>
>

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