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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 Posts

Herb Henke Memoriam

Last week, we featured “Options for Improvising” from legendary Dalcroze teacher Herbert Henke (1931-2015). Today, we are remembering his legacy by sharing reflections of this influential and unforgettable American master teacher. (These reflections were shared following his death in 2015.) Herb Henke was a giant not only in his appearance ...
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Options for Improvising

Herb Henke (1931-2015) inspired many of today’s Dalcroze educators. Here, he guides us in improvisation by suggesting simple but profound changes to a piece of music. After playing the piece as written, try the following versions: Add three flats (b-flat, e-flat, a-flat) to the key signature. The indicated b-naturals, however, ...
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Echoes of Dalcroze Education in Experimental Dance and Performance

For Nicky Paraiso, Dalcroze Eurhythmics may have been one of the first ways he found his voice. Growing up in New York, his parents enrolled him in Dalcroze Eurhythmics classes. Paraiso would go on to become a musician, actor, dancer, and choreographer. Today, his primary role is of curator, and ...
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Lesson Plan: Old Joe Has Gone Fishing

This lesson was presented at the 2012 DSA National Conference at Seattle Pacific University and teaches 7/4 with Benjamin Britten’s “Old Joe Has Gone Fishing” from his opera Peter Grimes. Cynthia Lilley leads a solfege session at the 2018 National Conference. Benjamin Britten wrote this canon as a sort of ...
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2019 DSA Memorial Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to this year's winners! In honor of beloved Dalcroze educators Fran Aronoff, Arthur Becknell, John Colman, Brunhilde Dorsch, Elsa Findlay, and Henrietta Rosenstrauch, these awards provide funding for study at an accredited teacher training program. This year, the DSA Board awarded a total of $2,762.10. 2019 Scholarship Recipients Elizabeth ...
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Developing as a Dalcroze Teacher

I first learned of the Dalcroze approach in graduate school, when a fellow singer remarked of my incredible teacher: “He went to a Dalcroze workshop, and came back as a new conductor.” I never forgot this, and I hoped that the approach might have something similar in store for me. ...
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