Dr. Jeremy Dittus
Director, The Dalcroze™ School of the Rockies
Program Director, The Dalcroze™ Academy at Metropolitan State University of Denver
Jeremy Dittus enjoys a career as a pianist, theorist, and Dalcroze™ eurhythmics instructor. An avid recitalist, he has performed solo and chamber programs and presented Dalcroze™ masterclasses throughout the United States, Europe and South East Asia. He currently directs the Dalcroze School of the Rockies™ Dalcroze™ Academy teacher-training center at Metropolitan State University of Denver. A former Lecturer in piano, theory, and solfège at the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory in Cleveland, he also has taught undergraduate solfège, piano, and composition courses at the University of Colorado at Boulder as well as eurhythmics and solfège at L’Institut Jaques-Dalcroze™ in Geneva, Switzerland and Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.
Dr. Dittus is the founder and director of the Dalcroze School of the Rockies™ in Denver, Colorado, the only authorized Dalcroze™ training center west of Pittsburgh in the United States. The DSR offers Eurhythmics™ classes for children (pre-kindergarten through high school), adult enrichment classes, and full time study toward the Dalcroze™ Certificate/License (eurhythmics, solfège, improvisation, pedagogy, and plastique animée). Additionally, he has presented Dalcroze™ workshops at home and abroad including the World Piano Conference, International Early Childhood Music and Movement Convention, Singapore International String Conference, L’Institut Jaques-Dalcroze™ Cours d’Été, Dalcroze™ Society of America National Conference, Suzuki Association of the Americas National Conference, American Orff-Schulwerk Association National Convention, National Flute Convention, Colorado Music Educators Association State Convention, Piano Celebration at Metro-State University in Denver, University of Louisville Piano Institute, in addition to several summer music institutes, universities, and conservatories across the US. He also serves on the state board for the Colorado Federation of Music Clubs and functions as the Vice President of the Dalcroze™ Society of America. He recently has published books on Dalcroze™ Education: Embodying Music: A Textbook for Dalcroze™ Teacher Training, and five books that correspond to the Rhythmic-Solfège™ youth program in place at the Dalcroze™ School of the Rockies.
In 2010, Dr. Dittus earned the Diplôme Supérieur, (a doctoral equivalent in Switzerland) from L’Institut Jaques-Dalcroze™ in conjunction with La Haute École de Musique de Genève and Le Conservatoire de Musique de Genève. While in Geneva, he received top honors including the 2009 Prix pour les qualities musicales exceptionnelles and the 2010 Prix pour les qualités artistiques et pédagogiques exceptionnelles. Before Switzerland, he had the honor of studying at the Longy School of Music for the Dalcroze™ Certificate and License. He completed a doctorate of musical arts in piano performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder; for the master of music, he studied piano performance and music theory at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. During his undergraduate work, he obtained bachelor degrees in piano performance and chemistry. Former teachers include Lisa Parker, Anne Farber, Ruth Gianadda, Marie-Laure Bachmann, Sylvia del Bianco, Sylvie Morgenegg, Laurent Sourisse, Andrew Cooperstock, Michael Chertock, Frank Weinstock, and George Cherry.