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Robert Kaplan

Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2002
Biography

Robert Kaplan is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, teacher, and musician in dance. His work, Living Musically™, uses improvisation as a model or metaphor to understand the world and live well in it, providing tools and strategies to improve mind-body focus as a foundation for team skills (communication, conflict, enabling others). His work within healthcare and the arts offers tools to support the notion that being “present,” self-aware, and team-aware are critical in all endeavors. He has worked as a composer, teacher and musician in dance since 1976 having taught and performed at major national and international dance festivals since 1980 including National Craft of Choreography Conferences (NARB/RDA), the International Ballet Teacher’s Conference in Vail, CO, the American Dance Festival and Bates Dance Festival. His book, Rhythmic Training for Dancers, CD-ROM, An Interactive Guide to Music for Dancers, and Instructor’s Guide, were published internationally by Human Kinetics, Inc. Over seventy of his scores for choreography have been performed throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Mexico by such artists as Mel Wong (30 for Mel), Ze’eva Cohen, Sarah Stackhouse, Senta Driver, Ann Ludwig, Elina Mooney, Dairakudakan, Susan Marshall and Douglas Nielsen. Trained as a classical pianist, Kaplan always improvised, including work with Kirk Nurock’s Natural Sound Ensemble and stints in musical groups with guitarist, composer/producer, David Torn, multi-percussionist/composer Geoffrey Gordon and composer and saxophonist Thomas Chapin. He is a founding member and former President of the International Guild of Musicians in Dance and has been the recipient of numerous Meet-the-Composer grants as well as University grants, is a Full Professor, and music director for dance in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University. 

Recent sketches and works in progress can be heard on https://soundcloud.com/robkaplan.

Education
  • M.M. Music and Composition, Arizona State University 1997
  • Bachelor's degree. Music Education (Piano Performance and Composition), Hartt School of Music 1977
Audio
Examples of new sketches and older works.
Research Interests

Research Interests:

•   Improvisation in performance and as a tool for curricular, personal and collaborative inquiry

•   Contemplative pedagogy

•   Composition for dance

•   Rhythmic Awareness for dance

Living Musically℠ — Improvisation as Interactive Mindfulness — a way of being in the world

  • Emphasizing principles of mindfulness, improvisation, and collaboration cultivates self-awareness, forging productive and creative relationships and interactions with others and our environment.

  • Developing the ability to build responsive and reciprocal awareness needed across the lifespan.

Research Group

Creative Health Collaborations 

Team member: 

  • Interprofessional by Design™: Meeting at the Crossroads to Accelerate Leadership Competency and Readiness for Transition to Interprofessional Practice (Co-PI). Support from National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education at the University of Minnesota; Funded through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation ($100,000). [S. Harrell, PI/Project Director]. 2016-2018
Publications
  • Book chapter, “Developing Creative Competencies Through Improvisation—Living Musically,” for the book, Creative Learning in Higher Education: International Perspectives and Approaches, Routledge, release date August 2016.
  • Night Bird Song: The Incandescent Life of a Jazz Great. Appearance in the film, and served as a consultant, for the documentary by Emmy Award winning filmmaker Stephanie J. Castillo. Screened throughout the US and Europe (Phoenix in December, 2016). “Best Story” award at the Nice Film Festival.
  • Rhythmic Training for Dancers, textbook and Interactive Guide to Music for Dancers, CD-ROM plus Instructor’s Guide CD-ROM, Human Kinetics, Inc., March, 2002.
Research Activity
  • Kaplan,Robert G*. SOUND DANCE. AZ COMM ON THE ARTS(7/1/1996 - 6/30/1997).
  • Organized and facilitated the Interactive Mindfulness Improvisation Symposium at ASU, January 15-16, 2017. 
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
DCE 3303rd-Yr Movement Practices I
DCE 492Honors Directed Study
DCE 499Individualized Instruction
DCE 560Grad Creative Practices I
DCE 580Practicum
DCE 583Fieldwork
DCE 584Internship
DCE 590Reading and Conference
DCE 593Applied Project
DCE 680Practicum
DCE 683Fieldwork
DCE 693Applied Project
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
DCE 161First-Yr Creative Practices II
DCE 2312nd-Yr Movement Practices II
DCE 3613rd-Yr Creative Practices II
DCE 484Internship
DCE 492Honors Directed Study
DCE 493Honors Thesis
DCE 499Individualized Instruction
DCE 561Grad Creative Practices II
DCE 583Fieldwork
DCE 680Practicum
DCE 683Fieldwork
DCE 693Applied Project
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
DCE 3303rd-Yr Movement Practices I
DCE 492Honors Directed Study
DCE 499Individualized Instruction
DCE 560Grad Creative Practices I
DCE 580Practicum
DCE 583Fieldwork
DCE 584Internship
DCE 590Reading and Conference
DCE 593Applied Project
DCE 680Practicum
DCE 683Fieldwork
DCE 693Applied Project
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
DCE 161First-Yr Creative Practices II
DCE 2312nd-Yr Movement Practices II
DCE 3613rd-Yr Creative Practices II
DCE 484Internship
DCE 492Honors Directed Study
DCE 493Honors Thesis
DCE 499Individualized Instruction
DCE 561Grad Creative Practices II
DCE 571Graduate First-Yr Seminar II
DCE 583Fieldwork
DCE 590Reading and Conference
DCE 680Practicum
DCE 683Fieldwork
DCE 693Applied Project
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
DCE 3303rd-Yr Movement Practices I
DCE 499Individualized Instruction
DCE 560Grad Creative Practices I
DCE 580Practicum
DCE 583Fieldwork
DCE 584Internship
DCE 590Reading and Conference
DCE 680Practicum
DCE 683Fieldwork
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
DCE 161First-Yr Creative Practices II
DCE 2312nd-Yr Movement Practices II
DCE 3613rd-Yr Creative Practices II
DCE 484Internship
DCE 499Individualized Instruction
DCE 561Grad Creative Practices II
DCE 571Graduate First-Yr Seminar II
DCE 580Practicum
DCE 583Fieldwork
DCE 590Reading and Conference
DCE 598Special Topics
DCE 680Practicum
DCE 683Fieldwork
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
DCE 3303rd-Yr Movement Practices I
DCE 499Individualized Instruction
DCE 560Grad Creative Practices I
DCE 563Rhythmic Awareness
DCE 580Practicum
DCE 583Fieldwork
DCE 584Internship
DCE 590Reading and Conference
DCE 680Practicum
DCE 683Fieldwork
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
DCE 161First-Yr Creative Practices II
DCE 2312nd-Yr Movement Practices II
DCE 3613rd-Yr Creative Practices II
DCE 484Internship
DCE 499Individualized Instruction
DCE 580Practicum
DCE 583Fieldwork
DCE 590Reading and Conference
DCE 598Special Topics
DCE 680Practicum
DCE 683Fieldwork
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
DCE 3303rd-Yr Movement Practices I
HON 394Special Topics
DCE 492Honors Directed Study
DCE 499Individualized Instruction
DCE 560Grad Creative Practices I
DCE 563Rhythmic Awareness
DCE 580Practicum
DCE 583Fieldwork
DCE 584Internship
DCE 590Reading and Conference
DCE 680Practicum
DCE 683Fieldwork
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
DCE 161First-Yr Creative Practices II
DCE 2312nd-Yr Movement Practices II
DCE 3613rd-Yr Creative Practices II
DCE 484Internship
DCE 499Individualized Instruction
DCE 561Grad Creative Practices II
DCE 580Practicum
DCE 583Fieldwork
DCE 590Reading and Conference
DCE 598Special Topics
DCE 671Graduate Second-Yr Seminar II
DCE 680Practicum
DCE 683Fieldwork