Music. Movement. Improvisation.


Dalcroze Education is joyful and gives everyone the freedom to express what music means to them.

Dalcroze education is a playful, experiential approach to teaching and learning music. Through movement, ear-training, and improvisation, students of any age can unlock the music within their body.

Recent Blog Posts

Is the Baby Improvising?

Is the baby improvising when it’s crying? Cynthia Lilley says this is a koan (a question for meditation). Might be, but I want to consider it as a real question—that is, an invitation to an answer. Certainly the baby is vocalizing, and certainly the product is unscripted and urgent. But ...
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Aural Reactions #1

The 21st century Dalcroze teacher often uses current technology in the classroom to connect with students in a contemporary manner. Such technology includes the use of recordings. While the use of recorded music versus improvised music can be a topic of hot debate, it is no secret that recorded music ...
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DSA Member Spotlight: Sarah Schreffler

Phoenix-based Sarah Schreffler is an invaluable member of the Dalcroze USA community. I first met Sarah a few years ago when she began training towards the Professional Certificate at the Dalcroze School of the Rockies (now the Dalcroze School of Music and Movement). This past summer, Sarah completed all of ...
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Plastique Animée: The Dalcrozian Analytical Technique

“The acquisition of all the plastic, dynamic, and agogic qualities indispensable to rhythmist or dancer, actor, or mime, will make him only an adapter, a transposer, an automaton, unless these technical qualities are controlled by a wealth of fancy, a supple, elastic temperament, a generous spontaneity of feeling, and an ...
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Plastique Animée: The Importance of the Embodiment of Musical Expression and Communication

This essay considers the benefits of approaching musical expression and performance using the mindset and practices of a plastician, and how this can provide insight for instrumentalists, audiences, and music students. A personal account of the author’s first hand experience of performing Plastique Animée, it discusses the process and enlightenment ...
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Group Activities in the Dalcroze Lesson

Perhaps the most enduring negative side effects of the recent pandemic were caused by the social isolation. Families were segregated during illnesses, schoolchildren were separated from their peers, and communities suffered permanent losses of their members. I found myself missing even the most basic, mundane tasks like grocery shopping, taking ...
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