Joe Jorgens (see right) is the head of Sonic Edge Music, which provides pre-cut and custom programs for figure skaters. As a professional music editor, he wanted to share ten tips for selecting great music, especially for younger skaters. Last week he discussed selecting music that is age appropriate. Today he writes about accentuating the positive.
TIP #2: ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE
All programs for younger skaters have several required elements, but rarely is a skater equally good at all of these. To overcome this you will need a strategy for developing a program that presents more exposure, or weight, to your skater’s best elements, while minimizing the viewer’s exposure to their weaker elements.
As you will see in our next topics we can often accentuate the skater's strengths by making choices that match the music to the skater’s style and strength. You can view these as a cascading series of choices running from the most general to the most detailed. Starting at the most general level your first choice comes between emphasizing artistry or athleticism. A good program must include a balanced mix of each of these, but that balance is up to you. And while that selection depends largely on the skaters strengths, once you make that choice, your ability to turn it into a good program will depend mainly on the music chosen.
Once you’ve chosen your emphasis, you’ll be looking to make musical selections based on the genre, pace, drama and theme of the music being considered. The nice thing about using the internet to talk about skating music is that we can make the learning process easier by linking to real examples you can listen to. So let’s bring this whole question of how to accentuate the positive to life by listening to some real examples in our next topic concerning the skater's style.
Next up...Selecting music to fit the skater's style and skating personality.