Dance Sing and Listen (1963)

Dimension 5 Records

Dimension 5 takes great pride in presenting this new concept in recordings for children. Here is a living, growing record designed to bring the exciting personalities of esther nelson and bruce haack into your homes. Children of all ages will respond to elements in all sections of the recording — and will discover more and more wonders as they grow… Place the recording on your turntable, sit back, and watch your child respond to a great new experience, you’ll find yourself joining in too.


1. Introduction

2. Clap Your Hands; Miss Nelson gives us things to do in movement and dance to the rousing folk tune “Old Joe Clark”. Banjos and Oboe are electronic!

3. Sunflowers: you are a little seed- you grow, you battle the wind, you move in a way which becomes dancing. This imaginative, original story by Miss Nelson is set to the world’s first electronic jazz by Bruce.

4. Skating Party: let’s pretend that we’re outside on the old skating pond, we can do everything but fall down (until the end, that is’!

5. Medieval Dances: two dances from around the year 1200. One for fair princesses with tall hats called ”the hennin” and one for bold knights on horseback.

6. My Bones: here Miss Nelson makes us aware of some very important parts of the body to the tune of a fine old spiritual, ”Dry Bones”

7. A Little Discussion – what a funny title! Mara and Risa answer and Eine Kline -some questions about dancing, and Bruce’s Gebouncemusik: plays same of the bounciest music ever.

1. Coca the Coconut: in many years of teaching, Miss Nelson finds that this original story s still the favorite! Here Bruce plays a real steel drum from the is land of Grenada, assorted drums, and harmonica.

2. Sailing: Miss Nelson sings this old French song, and tells us how to move. Listen to her beautiful voice, and let your arms be
the sails.

3. A Stuffy Story: a funny story which Bruce wrote and tells. There is a big surprise in the end of both story and music!

4. Pussycats: another great original by Miss Nelson — the melody is an old folk ”Molly Malone’. You will really feel that you’re a kitten! Bruce makes a piano sound like a harpsichord.

5. Trains: some trains are fast, some trains are slow. These trains sound Flamenco!


Back cover notes

”Love with Discipline’ is Esther Nelson’s explanation of the phenomenon which has made her one of Americas foremost educators in the realm of children’s dance. The magnetism of her personality and the exceptional musicality of her speaking voice spellbinds children with the result that in her presence their bodies live they know the beauty of movement and free imaginative expression. And through this comes the discipline and knowledge of the fundamentals of dance and body movement presented in a way no child can resist.

Westchester County has been the center of Esther Nelson’s teaching activities where she has influenced the lives of thousands of children. She teaches in 3 Westchester Communities but her students come from 15 Westchester Communities. Miss Nelson built the children’s dance programs for Community Workshops of Scarsdale (now Scarsdale Dance Inc.). for the Forest Hills School of Music & Dance, and for the Knoliwood School for Children. Her
association with the Fieldson School has caused the dance enrollment of its Saturday Art Center to double. She is creating a dance
program at Temple Israel, New Rochelle.

Having studied dance with Martha Hill and dance composition with Louis Horst, Miss Nelson received her Master’s Degree in
Dance Education from New York University. She also holds a B. A. in Psychology.

To quote Esther Nelson, ”every child instinctively knows the joy of simple body movement. Combine this with love and discipline, and every child can dance.”
EVERY NOTE of music on this record was played by Bruce Haack (who modestly says he is not a performer!). Bruce Haack is indeed the legendary Pied Piper and his piping employs every conceivable instrument of the orchestra and many electronic ones which he has invented). By the skillful use of multitrack recording, and by means of his own particular magic, he weaves instruments and sound in manner hitherto unequaled. Besides being the total orchestra, he was his own recording enginneer.

But Mr. Haack still says that he’s a composer, not a performer and to prove his point he has earned composinng credits in the fields of symphonic music (”Windsong” 1957, ballet (”Les Etapes” a Belgian TV film), Broadway ‘How To Make A Man”), Off-Broadway (‘The Kumquat in the Persimmon Tree”), and the commercial recording industry (as a writer for Teresa Brewer). He has created hundreds of singing commercials, and is the inventor of the ”dermitron” (an electronic device which allows the human body to be played as a musical instrument by means of skin contact).His ”Mass for Solo Piano” was premiered by the young virtuoso Ted Pandel at Carnegie Recital Hall Feb. 16, 1963, and his music for Nicola Marionettes and Bliss Displays is heard on a national scale.
Despite all this and his degree in psychology, Bruce devotes most of his time to working with children.

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