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 such as communication, conflict, and 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 been a composer, teacher and musician in dance since 1976, having taught and performed at major national and international dance festivals since 1980. 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. He is a founding member and former president of the International Guild of Musicians in Dance, has been the recipient of numerous Meet-the-Composer grants as well as university grants, and is a full professor, and music director for dance in the School of Film, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University.

This profile was last updated on March 5, 2020

Mind & Life Connections


2018 International Symposium for Contemplative Research Session

Contemplative Arts Evening Performance

Srinivas Reddy, Robert Kaplan, Ed Sarath, Patricia Wallace

Topics: Body-based Practices | Contemplative Wisdom | Interconnection