Teacher Certification

There are three internationally recognized credentials offered in Dalcroze Education: the Certificate, the License, and the Diplôme Supérieur.  The meaning and authority conveyed by the Certificate can vary in each training program, but it is generally granted to those who are ready to teach introductory Dalcroze music and movement concepts.  The License is the most advanced Dalcroze credential offered here in the United States, and it generally enables holders to teach students of all ages and levels in Eurhythmics, Solfège, Improvisation, Plastique Animée, and Pedagogy.  The Diplôme Supérieur (a doctoral equivalent here in the US) is the terminal degree for in Dalcroze study, and it is only offered in Geneva Switzerland.  Diplômés are representatives of the Dalcroze Method; they are the only individuals authorized to grant Dalcroze credentials and direct Dalcroze teacher-training programs. 

Anyone interested in the Dalcroze work may study at a recognized training center. Those wishing to pursue Dalcroze teacher training typically study between two and five years to earn the Dalcroze Certificate and several more years to earn the Dalcroze License. Dalcroze Certificates and Licenses are conferred by master Dalcroze teachers who hold the Diploma from the Dalcroze Institute in Geneva, Switzerland.

The DSA has no administrative role in certification. Each training center sets its own standards for teacher certification and administers its own examinations. Typically these include personal examinations in eurhythmics, solfège, and improvisation, as well as demonstrations of teaching ability.

Training centers are run by Dalcroze teachers holding the Diploma, or they may be run by Licensed teachers. If the latter, those teachers will work in conjunction with someone who holds the Diploma when candidates are ready for Certificate and/or License exams. Some teacher training programs are year-round and others are summer only.

The DSA offers scholarships to assist those wishing to become Dalcroze teachers. More information can be found here.