Introduction to Music | Dance Notation Group Activity | Queens College | Fall 2019

A small group activity in which students interpret an example of Renaissance dance notation: “The Washerwoman’s Branle,” taken from Thoinot Arbeau’s 1589 book Orchesography. Students are tasked with figuring out what information is communicated by each column, imagining how one might use the example to learn this dance, and considering the strengths and weaknesses of the notation method. This worksheet includes space to summarize the group discussion and an image of the dance notation divided by rectangles.

Instructor: Samuel Teeple

Course: Introduction to Music (“Exploring Music,” MUSIC 1)

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