Posts by Alex Marthaler

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 ChladilSteven CosneckLoretta HaskellMira LarsonGuy MendilowMolly…

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What Moves You?

How do you fit a symphony orchestra onto a playground swing? Stephen Neely argues that it happens every time its musicians play together. In 2012, Stephen Neely presented at TEDxCMU a talk titled “What moves you?” It’s an overview of what Dalcroze Eurhythmics means to him and why it is important to teach in his…

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Keep the Beat: Music and Language

A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience reveals evidence that links music, rhythm, and language. Dr. Nina Kraus, from Northwestern University, demonstrates how accurate beat-keeping relies on parts of the brain responsible for hearing and movement. Her findings suggest that the connection between auditory and motor functions is deeper than previously thought. Rhythm is…

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“Listen, Move, Improvise, Discover”

On January 20, 2019, the Dalcroze Leadership Initiative co-sponsored a workshop with the Colburn School. Over 30 people participated in “Listen, Move, Improvise, Discover,” with Bill Bauer, Dalcroze License. “What a fun workshop!  Three hours flew away with fun but challenging interactive musical activities. I loved moving to Bill’s lively improvisations. Plus, bringing in neuroscience…

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