Exploring Dance Piano Styles with Amy McFarland – Session V: English Country Dance


Explore playing back-up piano for traditional dance – Session V: English Country Dance

This class will be held online, with the new date of November 22, 2021.

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Date: New Date! Monday, November 22; 5:30 – 7:00 pm (online)

Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner and above. Students should be comfortable playing with both hands and should have a working knowledge of a few standard chords (A, D, G, C, Am, Em, etc.). Reading music is helpful but not required. No prior knowledge of music theory is necessary.

Note: This group of classes can be taken as a series, or a la carte.

Class Registration Fee:  $15

Have you ever wanted to play tunes at a dance, but have been unsure as to how to do that effectively?

Session V of Exploring Dance Piano Styles will address accompaniment and solo piano for a variety of English Country Dances. Includes harmony and improvisation.

For these sessions you will need to be able to set up a device to show the student at the piano, with keyboard visible.

Amy McFarland has been playing piano since she was a young child, with a focus on traditional music, dance music of many styles, song accompaniment, ragtime, swing, and more. She has played for traditional  dancing for over forty years, has taught lessons and workshops, and has composed music. She has taught Piano off the Page to nearly 100 students for over a decade.


Hear Amy play English Country Dance piano (with Earl Gaddis and Maria Terres) for the Country Dance & Song Society “Dance Music & Spice Week.”

And here’s a lovely, solo English Country Dance tune, “Chestnut” from 1651: