Special This Issue
- Poem: Great Lake, by Cathy Hollister
- Hoggetowne Fancy: Playing for ECD in Florida
- Original Waltz: “Remembering”
- Remembering Rosemary Lach
- A Day in the Life of Symmetry ECD
- Five Years with the CDSS Educators Task Group
Bob McQuillen Curated Tune Lists: Curated lists of Bob’s 1500 tunes, for making the collection more accessible!
Bob McQuillen was a prolific composer who played a pivotal role in the contra dance revival of the last fifty years. He self-published fifteen Note Books with 1,554 tunes, the last one in 2012.
All these tunes are now available via a single app in the Apple App Store.
If you are unfamiliar with Bob McQuillen’s tunes, perhaps 1,554 tunes are too many to sort through. You could start at the beginning with Scotty O’Neil, Bob’s first tune (composed in 1973) and work your way through all of them. As an alternative, we have provided a few lists that might be more manageable.
In this Google sheet, you will find 6 tabs: McQuillen Classics, Easier Tunes, Hidden Gems, Recorded, Old New England, and Links.
Many of the recordings can be found on YouTube; some are available on Spotify and other streaming services. You can hear Bob himself playing piano on recordings with Old New England (with Deanna Stiles and Jane Orzechowsk), the Rhythm Rollers (with Laurie Andres, Cathie Whitesides, and WB Reid), Applejack, and others.
These choices are “in the eye of the beholder”—you may have a different set of tunes you consider “easier” or “gems.” I encourage you to explore and enjoy this great collection of tunes.
The CDSS Educators Task Group presents Lesson Plans to introduce students to a variety of topics in traditional music and dance.
Look at the sample lesson plans below. Do these spark ideas for you for how you might incorporate traditional music and dance into your classroom? If so—please contribute a lesson plan of your own!
Email your contributions to email@example.com and we’ll be in touch with you. Can’t wait to see your ideas.