Anne Farber

Anne Farber is Director of the Dalcroze School of Music at the Lucy Moses School in New York City, offering classes for adults and children, as well as Dalcroze teacher training. She teaches at the Special Music School of America, a public school in New York City for musically gifted children. In addition, Anne maintains a private piano studio and serves on the summer faculty at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA. Anne, B.A.Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin, earned the Dalcroze Certificate and License at the Dalcroze School of Music in New York under Dr. Hilda Schuster, and the Diplôme Supérieur at L’Institut Jaques-Dalcroze in Geneva. As an active clinician, Anne presents workshops throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan in Dalcroze studies: Eurhythmics, Solfège, Improvisation, and Pedagogy. She has performed two-piano improvisation recitals with colleagues, Joy Kane and Lisa Parker. Her articles have appeared in The American Dalcroze Journal, Music Educators Journal, Keyboard Companion, National Music Council Newsletter, The Bennington Review, and Dissent.

One afternoon in about 1971, I attended a music-class demonstration at my childrenʼs grade school in New York city. The teacher was Joy Kane. I was impressed and delighted by what I saw, and approached her afterward to talk about it. She invited me into a nearby room in which sat two pianos. We each took a bench and proceeded to chat. And as we chatted, from time to time one of us would let loose a little riff on the keyboard to accompany some remark. And the other would respond. Petty soon we were doing more playing than talking. Then, of course, we had to talk about what we we doing. Joy told me that she was a Dalcroze teacher, having just recently graduated from the New York Dalcroze School, and that improvisation was a vital part of the Dalcroze work. I had been an improviser since childhood and some years earlier was a dance accompanist in the city. No surprise we found ourselves conversing with both words and tones. (And we have enjoyed improvising together ever since.) Joy invited me down to the Dalcroze School to meet her teacher, Loma Lombardo, as well as Hilda Schuster, the Director. I saw a bit of a grown-up class on that occasion and was fascinated by what those people my own age were doing - in response to what the teacher was playing on the piano! I was hooked. I had an interview with Dr. Schuster. We talked a bit, she asked me to sing a few things, and then suggested we play together. She would be the orchestra at one piano, I was to be the solo cellist at the other. We played our concerto. She said, “You were meant for this work.” I thought so too. “Where do I sign up?” I asked. “At the desk,” she said. The rest is history. Well, mine anyway.