Dance 410

DNCE 410: Accompaniment for Movement

Credit Hours: (3) Three hours lecture/laboratory

Rhythmic analysis, reading and writing metric patterns, computer software applications, and individual and group sound design projects.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

1. Rhythmic analysis

        a. Time divisions of music

            (1) Meter
            (2) Note values
            (3) Tempo

        b. Rhythmic patterns

2. Other elements of music affecting dance

        a. Melody
        b. Form
        c. Instrumentation
        d. Musical style and historical context

3. Application of theory

        a. Reading and writing rhythmic patterns
        b. Creating movement phrases to match rhythmic patterns and vice versa
        c. Selecting appropriate accompaniment for dance

            (1) For use in the classroom
            (2) For use in performance

4. Sound design

        a. knowledge of software applications for original sound scores
            (1) Garage Band
            (2) Soundtrack
            (3) iTunes

        b. design/choreography collaboration

            (1) Design sound score for student choreography


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The course will employ a mixture of instructional techniques such as lecture, homework that includes the study and creation of rhythmic patterns and melodic structure, playing simple percussion instruments in class, computer applications and peer collaborations.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

At the conclusion of the course, the student will:

1. Analyze rhythmic patterns according to the traditional Western system of music notation.
2. Play rhythmic patterns on a percussion instrument.
3. Utilize specific computer software applications related to sound design
4. Design a sound score


Assessment Measures

Tools for evaluating students may include but not be limited to written and practical tests, written and/or oral reports, demonstrations of skill on simple percussion instruments, homework assignments, accompanying dance technique classes, creation and analysis of sound score, and class attendance.


Other Course Information


Review and Approval
Revised February, 2009