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Manno, Jesse J

Senior Instructor


Research Areas research areas



  • Music Composition, Music Improvisation, Dance Accompaniment, Turkish music, Greek music, Balkan music and Arabic music performance, Multi-instrumental solo music performance, Composing music for Dance, Composing music for Theatre, composing music for Film, Music Therapy, Audio production/recording


courses taught

  • DNCE 1013 - Dance Improvisation
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023 / Spring 2024
    An opportunity for students to develop skills of dance improvisation through the exploration of structured movement problems. Students study selected contemporary dance artists whose work stresses improvisation in performance and/or as a training vehicle. Department consent required for dance minors.
  • DNCE 1908 - First Year Dance Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022
    Designed for new dance majors as an introduction to the place of dance within academia and the professional/public spheres. Through the practice of descriptive dance writing, theoretical and physical exploration of discrete pedagogical and choreographic procedures, and interactions with in-class guest artists of different disciplines, students will engage in independent research and physical experimentation, culminating in a final personal presentation and group performance.
  • DNCE 3014 - Inside the Groove: Developing Rhythmic Skills
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Enhances rhythmic acuity through intensive rhythmic drills, analytical listening, drumming, notating and creating rhythm-based performance work. Course material explores non-Western rhythmic paradigms, irregular meters, mixed meters, polyrhythms, etc., and how to communicate clearly with a live accompanist in technique class.
  • DNCE 3024 - SOUND Choices: Enhancing the Music/Dance Relationship
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2023 / Spring 2024
    Examines how musical choices can profoundly affect audiences, dancers and the creative process. Surveys historic and contemporary music styles and influential artists through guided listening and experimentation. Deepens understanding of music, including vocabulary, technology, collaboration skills, ethics, and copyright issues.
  • DNCE 5064 - Music and Dance Seminar: Collaboration
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2024
    Investigates music in relation to dance performance, choreography, and teaching. Topics may include: a survey of musical styles and composers; direct experimentation with composition and recording techniques; enhancement of rhythmic versatility; work with accompanist/composers; and/or improvement of analytical listening and writing skills.

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