College Lesson Plan
Class: Piano Interpretation for piano majors
Period: 40 minutes
Putting the Dance Back Into Mazurka
will be able to learn basic steps of mazurka and dance with the
music of Chopin Mazurkas.
To discover three types of mazurkas:
mazur, berek and kujawiak.
To feel the mazurka rhythm: strong accents are irregularly placed on the second or third beat
of the measure.
To experience the mazurka dance
To help students how to interpret the music of mazurka.
One class computer with a LCD projector
blackboard with staffs
Powerpoint presentation, including the following:
A recording of a Chopin Mazurka (Arthur Rubinstein)
History of Dance CD Training Courseware
Concord Concerto CCD-42036, 51 Chopin Mazurkas performed by
Space to dance
the recording of Rubinstein as students enter the room.
students to move their body or dance to the music.
1. Ask the class what kind of movement
students observed as they were
asked to dance with the music.
2. Ask the class how much they know about
the music of Mazurka.
3. Show students the Powerpoint
presentation which contains history,
styles and the rhythm of mazurka.
4. Ask students to clap the rhythm. Add an accent to the rhythm.
5. Ask one student to notate the rhythm on
6. Show students steps of glide mazurka in
the History of Dance CD.
7. Ask students to stand up and try these
steps with the music in the spacious
part of the classroom.
Teacher plays a Chopin Mazurka on the
8. Students will return to their seats and
listen to the recording of Wasowski.
for Student Understanding
will check for accuracy of the rhythm and the appropriate accent
placement when students are asked to clap the rhythm and dance
with the music.
will discuss what they heard on the Wasowski recording;
how the pianist is treating the Mazurka rhythm.
similarities and differences from RubinsteinΉs performance they heard at the beginning
of the class.
Listen and compare the performances of
Wasowski, Marjan Kiepura and Ignaz Friedman.
Investigation of Chopin Mazurkas; how does Chopin
incorporate folk, urban and salon
types of mazurka dances?
Conduct a Mazurka Performance Class.
Find mazurka in countries other than
Compose their own mazurka by using a
Use the first 6 notes of
Lydian mode with a raised 4th.