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Philip and Pam

November session

On Music: Part II

Harnessing the power of music and rhythm to cue, guide and inspire people with Parkinson's

Presenters: Pamela Quinn and Philip Hamilton

Wednesday, November 30 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM US Eastern Standard Time

Live or On Demand


About the workshop

In this workshop, Pamela Quinn joins forces with Philip Hamilton, her longtime musical collaborator, to share thoughts on the ways music can effectively support people living with Parkinson's.

Pamela Quinn is a professional dancer and PD Coach who has had Parkinson’s disease for over 25 years. She developed and continues to lead weekly PD Movement Lab classes at the Mark Morris Dance Center. Her personal experience of PD combined with her keen knowledge of the body derived from dance training gives her a unique position from which to analyze patients’ physical functioning and to imagine creative solutions to the problems posed by PD. Music plays an integral part in Pam's teaching and coaching, as well as in managing her own Parkinson's challenges, and she's spent decades understanding what types of music work particularly well for Parkinson's movement experiences.

Philip Hamilton is a Bessie award-winning vocalist/composer with over 40 years of experience as a teacher, musician for dance, and producer. He has collaborated, taught and performed with a wide array of legendary dance artists, including John Cage, Judith Jamison, Ann Reinking and Bessie Schonberg. He has also worked with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Austin and Ballet Hispánico. He has extensive experience leading workshops on the voice, vocal improvisation and music for dance at many of the world’s leading institutions, including Lincoln Center, New York University, the University of Utah, the Danish National School of Performing Arts and Barnard College/Columbia University. He has been a musical partner for Dance for PD and PD Movement Lab classes for many years, and has been a teaching artist for Sing for PD over 15 years.

During the workshop, Philip will focus on music and song in relationship to vocal projection, while Pam will provide the basis for which she selects recorded music for her movement class. Both presenters will provide examples of musical choices and guide participants through the process of finding new musical selections. Together, they'll discuss how they communicate with each other when Philip is playing for Pam's class.

Participants will come away with exposure to a wide variety of music, a deeper understanding of just how crucial a role music can play in managing voice and movement in PD, ways to search for music, and an expansive list of musical selections to use in class.

Join us for this unique opportunity to broaden your perspective and enrich your teaching artistry.

Access and fees

This workshop is offered Live or On Demand. Please select your preferred mode of participation when you register. The registration deadline for the live event is Tuesday, November 29. The On Demand version of the presentation will be available to all registrants 72 hours after the live event.

The tuition rate for this workshop is $10 for Dance for PD Members, $15 for non-members. If you currently have financial need and are unable to afford tuition for this workshop, please click here to complete a brief fee waiver form.

Participation, through online or on-demand platforms, earns you Dance for PD training credits toward certification or recertification, just like our in-person workshops.

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