The Penn State School of Music is pleased to announce “Music and Dance: Exploring Connections Between Two Art Forms” as its theme for the 2015-16 year.
The idea of a unifying theme resulted from in-depth faculty discussions concerning how to “enhance visibility, communication, and collaboration within the school,” according to school director Sue Haug. The result was to choose a comprehensive focus allowing performance and academic faculty members to offer cross-curricular events that would enhance the education of the students.
While many themes were explored, “Music and Dance” was chosen because of its all-encompassing appeal. Composers throughout the course of history have written music based on the dance, and this music can be performed by soloists and ensembles. The association of dance and music is also a subject of scholarly inquiry, allowing musicologists and theorists to explore rhythm, form, and historical performance. In addition, the relationship of music with movement is a strong component of music education classes, and a subject of scholarly research in that field.
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