What is Dalcroze™ Education?


Music Is Movement

Dalcroze™ Education is a unique, exciting, and powerful way of knowing music through the body.  The Dalcroze™ approach explores musical concepts through social and interactive methods that invite students to trust their ideas and develop their own intuitions.

  • Eurhythmics™ courses nurture the imagination and unlock creativity through rhythmic movement and active listening. 
  • Solfège plays a key role in training the eyes and ears to instantly respond to musical notation. 
  • Improvisation engages the spirit of play to facilitate enlivened music-making according to the student's own invention: in movement, with the voice, or with an instrument.  Dalcroze™ study makes music vivid for everyone, from young beginners though adult professionals. 

Émile Jaques-Dalcroze™, a Swiss pianist, composer, and educator, created his method of teaching advanced conservatory students using rhythmic gymnastics early in the Twentieth century.  Later, he developed these principles for children and young adults. In a typical Dalcroze™ class, the instructor will combine the elements above using rhythm games, songs, gesture, and movement as the key teaching media so that the joy of music is experienced and understood.  As a precursor to or in tandem with private music lessons, Dalcroze™ Eurhythmics™ will create a platform for accelerated and deep learning in all musicians.

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