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Transcript of Dalcroze Eurhythmics
"The Dalcroze approach to music education teaches an understanding of music – its fundamental concepts, its expressive meanings, and its deep connections to other arts and human activities" - Dalcroze Society of America
also used in dance, theatre, therapy, and education
the goal is not to convey a choreographic picture to an audience, but to convey information back to the mover
used in conservatories, universities, public and private education, early childhood programs, and private studios
studied by performers, teachers, dancers, actors, young children, and senior citizens
Intro- "repeat after me" loud and soft
Listen to/move to music (Beethoven's 5th, 1 min)
Talk about how they moved, fast v. slow, bigger movements when the music was loud, etc.
Introduce pp, p, f, ff
Review high and low
composer, pianist, professor at the Geneva Conservatory
created his eurhythmic system because he felt the teaching of music needed reformed
applied eurhythmics to elementary schoolers in 1905
later spread his controversial system to England and the rest of Europe
started the first eurhythmic school in Hellerau, Germany in 1910
established a central school in Geneva in 1915,
The Emile Jaques-Dalcroze Institute
, which he headed until his death
"eurhythmics"- Greek roots "eu" and "rythmos" meaning "good flow."
students are typically barefoot and moving in response to music: arms, legs, heads, around the room, by themselves, in groups, etc.
the teacher is typically improvising music at the piano
the teacher shapes the music to the specific task, but also to what the students are doing
Three Parts of Dalcroze
1. Eurhythmics: rhythm, structure, and musical expression through movement
2. Solfege: pitch, scale, and tonality through aural comprehension and vocal improvisation
3. Improvisation: form and meaning through the spontaneous creation of music using voices, instruments, and the body
Dalcroze intended that all three be intertwined to create musicianship.
"The body is understood as the original musical instrument, the one through which everyone first realizes music in both its senses: apprehending and creating, and the primary, personal, trainable utensil for musical understanding and production." -Dalcroze Society of America
"Based on the philosophy that we are the instrument, Dalcroze invites us to live what we hear." -Dalcroze Society of America
"Emile Jaques-Dalcroze (Swiss Composer)." Encyclopedia Britannica. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/301347/Emile-Jaques-Dalcroze (accessed November 30, 2013).
Farber, Anne, & Thomsen, Kathy. "What is Dalcroze?." Dalcroze Society of America. http://www.dalcrozeusa.org/about-us/history (accessed November 30, 2013).