Introduction to Music for Dance and Dance Teachers

This course aims to deepen your understanding of the essential elements of music. Knowing about, understanding, and being able to hear different aspects of a musical composition will facilitate a deeper understanding of how and why we work with particular types of music in dance classes and performances.

To successfully complete this course, it is required that you submit at least one forum post, of no less than 300 words, before the course finishes. For each unit of work, we will provide questions for you to consider and to help inform your forum post.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course you will have basic knowledge and understanding of:

  • rhythm and timing in movement and music,
  • selected musical styles and practices, and
  • issues in musical development and education.


You will access the course via Moodle (our Virtual Learning Environment). You will receive login details and further information shortly before the course start date.


You will require the following resources:

  • A computer with internet connection
  • Speakers


Helen Linkenbagh Masters of Teaching [Dance], ARAD, RAD RTS 

Helen trained in classical ballet and contemporary dance at the McDonald College of the Performing Arts in Sydney, Australia. A qualified and registered RAD teacher, Helen was Director of her own school in New South Wales, Australia, from 1994 to 2006. Helen completed a Graduate Diploma in Choreography in 2008 (Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne) and is a graduate of the RAD’s BA in Dance Education and Masters of Teaching (Dance) programmes. Helen has worked for the Faculty of Education as a tutor and Lecturer in Dance Studies in various capacities since 2007. She was one of the six specialist dance teachers who worked with groups of older dancers as a part of the RAD’s Dance for Lifelong Wellbeing project and is currently a tutor for the RAD’s Silver Swans® teacher training initiative and various online CPD courses, alongside her work as Director of Dance at Brighton College.

CPD Hours

16 hours Time-Valued CPD


Members of the Royal Academy of Dance receive discounts on all CPD activities.

How to book

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All of the course materials are available within this period, and you can make your way through the resources at your own pace. You do not need to be logged in at a specific time.

1-30 June 2021

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