The Pianist’s Guide to Dance Accompaniment – ONLINE

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The Pianist’s Guide to Dance Accompaniment – ONLINE

Registration for this class has closed. We are no longer accepting applications.

June 27-August 5, 2022 / Tuesdays at 7 p.m. EDT, plus private lessons
Online course

Yoshiko Arahata
Guest faculty: Edo Frenkel, Jette Parker Young Artists Programme Ballet Conductor at Royal Opera House
Additional guests TBA

This course is available in two formats: a one-week in-person institute and a six-week online workshop. This listing describes the online workshop. For information about the in-person institute, click here.

Dance accompaniment is a great gateway for pianists to deepen skills in music performance, improvisation, sight-reading, composition, and mastery of collaborations encompassing broader musicianship and interdisciplinary artistry. In this course, pianists will learn methods for preparing piano accompaniment for ballet and contemporary dance classes, using repertoire and improvisation based in Baroque, Romantic, jazz, and contemporary styles.

If you are looking to gain skills needed for professional ballet accompanying jobs, learn an approachable method to start improvising music, develop exquisite listening skill, or find ways of collaborating with artists across diverse disciplines, this online institute will help you become a more versatile musician and artist.

The course meets once weekly for six weeks. A typical class will feature instructor presentation of techniques/tools to enhance dance accompaniment music, participants demonstrating their work to the class, detailed comments by the instructor, and feedback from other students. Assignments will include a variety of activities such as listening, arranging, practicing improvisation at the piano, and some composition. Participants will receive two private lessons with Dr. Arahata in addition to the weekly class sessions. All participants will perform in an online concert at the end of the course.

This course is designed for late-intermediate to advanced-level pianists (high school, collegiate, and adult). No previous improvisation experience is required, but participants should be able to sightread or easily learn Classical sonatinas and Chopin waltzes, and should have an understanding of basic chord technique. Basic music theory knowledge is also recommended. This course may be taken for credit (collegiate piano performance majors may use this workshop as an elective toward their degree) or as a noncredit workshop. No audition is required to register for the noncredit workshop.

Participant Concert (online): TBA

Professional Development Hours: 18
$1,820 / 1 credit    
$399 / noncredit    



An audition is required to take the course for credit. Please submit a current copy of your music résumé and a video that includes two pieces/movements, with at least one piece written in a lively character/tempo. Recordings are due June 17, 2022.

Click on the link at the bottom of this page to use our online Audition Form.

Audition video instructions:

All applicants must submit separate video links for each piece on the audition list.

All videos must conform to the following format:

  • Camera 5-15 feet from student, clearly showing you and your instrument
  • Uploaded to YouTube for ease of transmitting (unlisted links suggested; public links okay; private links don’t work)

Please send video links together in one Word document as shown in the example template below (do not forward individual videos to the Summer@Eastman office). Links should be “active” so that videos can be viewed directly from your document; you may wish to test this before submitting your audition.

Application material templates:

You may use an existing résumé if you have one; templates are provided in case you need help putting information together.

Audition Video Links

There is no fee to audition for this workshop. Auditions will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received.

Audition deadline: Please send your résumé and recordings by June 17, 2022.

Read our blog: Summer@Eastman Spotlight: The Pianist’s Guide to Dance Accompaniment