Musicians, Students and Landmark Moments

Albert Mathias creates music that continues throughout Kathleen Hermesdorf's classes.

In our January issue, musicians talk about what they need to make successful live music for dance class.

Teacher Tip:

Establishing a few landmark moments in the class can help both the musician and students feel more secure in the road map of the class, says Albert Mathias. These moments might not always be identical, but they have a similar flavor—e.g., starting class with gentle swings of the leg, or using an improvised piece of music for a stretch in the middle of the class.

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Photo by Yvonne M. Portra, courtesy of ALTERNATIVA

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