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                           MTD's July 2012 newsletter                   Volume 17                                                                                              
Behind The Scenes: How Do You Teach Choreography?
 The public face of our music, theatre and dance programs is almost inevitably a performance, but behind the scenes there is often much more than rehearsal time. There is an academic class. In this first in an occasional series of articles about the academic work we do to prepare our students for a life in the performing arts, we will investigate how our dance program teaches choreography.
  Choreography is taught through four levels at OU. Levels one and two are taught by Assistant Professor Thayer Jonutz to both dance majors and minors. Only dance majors can enroll in Choreography Three and Four, which are taught by Assistant Professor Ali Woerner. 
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MTD July News
  Our music education program is recognized as one of the finest in the country and its international reputation continues to grow. This month, Music Education Program Coordinator Associate Professor Deborah Blair will travel to Thessalonica, Greece to the 2012 World Conference of the International Society of Music Education (ISME). She will present a research paper on supporting the development of teacher identity through reflective practice at the Music in Schools and Teacher Education Commission (MISTEC). Deb will also present a teacher workshop at the main ISME conference on teaching jazz for elementary school children. Also attending the conference and presenting will be OU music education doctoral students Shinko Kondo and Spiros Xydas.
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Contemporary Again
 Last March, Alarm Will Sound (AWS), a 20-piece band committed to innovative performance and one of the country's premier exponents of modern music, played to a packed hall in Varner. They almost certainly opened the ears and minds of many of our young musicians. David Mety, a double major in percussion performance and music education, says he had heard contemporary music played on percussion at conferences before but never live on mixed instrumentation. Shortly after the AWS concert he approached Assistant Professor Miles Brown, who plays bass with the AWS, to ask about finding a forum to play that kind of music on campus. "I'm pretty sure other people did too," says David.
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David Havasi: A Life in Theatre
 David Havasi enjoys a successful career as a New York-based actor. As he would be the first to admit, it is not an easy career to pursue, but all the same he says, "It's ridiculously fulfilling." The highlight so far was an eighteen-month long national tour of Spamalot, the musical based on the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. He understudied several large roles and played them many times. He recalls, "The gut busting laughter from the audience was wonderful to hear."
  It seemed to David that getting cast in Spamalot was a "cosmic pay off." He had gone into the audition feeling like he already had most of the pages memorized, because he had spent so much time exchanging dialogue from the cult movie with his friends in the Vandenberg dorm back when he was an OU student and a theatre major.
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Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance

207 Varner Hall
2200 North Squirrel Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
(248) 370-2030
Upcoming Events


Great Lakes Dance Festival

Theory and Composition Workshop

Computer Music Workshop

Saturday, 9/16
Brass Expo

Thursday, 9/20, 6 pm
OU Jazz Faculty

Saturday, 9/22, 8 pm
World Percussion Concert

Thursday, 9/27, 6 pm
Student Showcase

Sunday, 9/30, 3 pm
Melissa Maloney, voice

Thursday, 10/4,
Cary Carner Clinic

Thursday, 10/4 -
Sunday, 10/14
Police:Deaf :: Near:Far

Sunday, 10/7, 3 pm
Oakland Symphony Orchestra

Tuesday, 10/9, 7 pm
OU Chamber Orchestra

Wednesday, 10/10, 8 pm
Randy Napoleon Sextet

Sunday, 10/14, 7 pm
Joel Frederiksen

Monday, 10/15
Grupo Krapp Lecture

Wednesday, 10/17, 8 pm
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