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Music for Ballet Class

FREE Online Teacher Certificate Course

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Course Dates
April 1 - May 31, 2022
No registration needed.

Start the course at anytime before the course ends on May 31, 2022.
Course Description

The Music for Ballet Class course is an introduction to music theory and dance rhythms, while providing ballet teachers with the skills needed to apply this knowledge to their classes.


Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) music producer, Andrew Holdsworth, begins with the basics of music and from there cover music appropriate for each combination in a ballet class. The final lesson will help you reflect and apply what you’ve learned into your classroom for your students


Syllabus - what you will learn from this course

Lesson 1: Music Theory & Dance Rhythms

Lesson 2: Selecting Music for Ballet Class

Lesson 3: Reflection

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Andrew Holdsworth is based in London and has produced, arranged, engineered, and played on dozens of albums for artists of many genres, from death metal bands to Irish folk, from pop to classical ensembles. Outside of the recording studio, Andrew is a ballet pianist. 


He played for his first ballet class at the age of 11 and has worked with many inspired and inspiring ballet teachers over the years. With Jonathan Still, Andrew has produced all the music for the latest syllabuses for the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD).

Visit Andrew's website


Cecilia Iliesiu is the director or Global Ballet Teachers and Soloist dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) in the USA.

Read Cecilia's Bio

How it works
  • This course is free.

  • All coursework is virtual & online on Google Classroom. 

  • This course is self-paced. This means you can go through the material as quickly or slowly as you need.

  • Lessons include a combination of pre-recorded videos, written documents, discussion questions, quizzes, and essays. Due dates are listed on each assignment.

  • All materials and assignments in Lesson 1 must be completed before moving on to Lesson 2, and so on. 

  • Participants can retake quiz assignments to achieve the required grade.

  • Course instructor is available for questions throughout the course. 

  • Certificates will be awarded after course is completed.

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How to earn a Certificate

Upon completion of this course, instructor will evaluate all assignments. 

Participants who have completed all assignments with required grades will receive a Certificate of Completion. This can be shared with prospective employers and professional networks. 

If a participant does not demonstrate comprehension of the materials or does not submit by due dates, no certificate will be awarded. A repeat of the course will be recommended.

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  • Willingness to learn

  • Fluent in English, verbal and written

  • Reliable internet connection to access Google Classroom, watch videos, and submit materials

  • Submission of all assignments by their due dates, listed in the Google Classroom

  • No plagiarism. Participants must be original in composing the writing assignments.

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