Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sheet Music Resources - UPDATED 9/29/10

Updated this post on 9/29/10 with more resources.

I've taken it upon myself to get musicians in Atlanta to see my point of view - that Middle Eastern music is amazing and should be played often! In doing this, I've also taken it upon myself to collect a large amount of classical Arabic sheet music. Here is a list of sheet music resources that I've found to be very helpful: - UPDATED 9/29/10 Great resource for Balkan, Turkish, and SCA-type music
- UPDATED 9/29/10 Avatar's Early Music Books. His arrangements are well thought out, giving a little more ornamentation that your normal melody lines that are written out. I've only focused on the handful of Eastern music in his collection, but can't wait to dive into more.
- Jas's great percussion site, complete with midi sound clips - Jas's resource for some sheet music, in ABC notation and sheet music - Archive of Middle Eastern sheet music, amazing resource. - Great source book with lots of tunes + lyrics in Arabic.
- AMAZING site I stumbled across with stuff from all over the world - Has a great selection of free music, but you have to download scorch to see the music. - Carmine and Melissa's transcribing project, some free pieces and a lot for sale for about .99 cents each - Melissa's continuing project for sheet music
- For purchase sheet music, mostly Egyptian and Lebanese - Random blog with some cool stuff for free
- Mimi Spencer's and Mary Ellen Donald books - great song books, clear and organized, some with song lyrics.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Now Accepting Students for Private Sessions

I'm not currently offering weekly classes, but I would like to extend the opportunity for students to schedule private sessions with me. First lesson includes a 30 minute dance consultation - let's figure out what you want to do and how you want to do it - and then we'll dive into your hour session.

These sessions will help you get on the right track for your dance aspirations. I don't teach trends or tricks; I teach technique an...d theory - and I'll work you HARD. We'll take the sessions at a pace that is comfortable, yet challenging for you. If it's easy, you're not learning! Private sessions are for specific feedback to accelerate your dance growth, so constructive criticism is an essential part of these sessions.

Topics include:

- Musicality
- Music Theory
- Arabic Styling
- Drills
- Zills
- Spin Technique
- Veil Technique
- Shimmy technique
- Layering drills
- Choreography

I may have you work on other technique before we approach your topic of choice. This is a good thing. Great dancers build proper technique and then can easily extend that technique to their inspiration. Don't hurt yourself or compromise your dance integrity!

Please message me if you are interested and we can schedule your first session. $35 an hour or $60 for 2 hours, travel expenses apply to teach in your home.

You can also send an email to majda dot anwar at gmail dot com