It is such a delight to use this familiar theme. With some tweaks here and there, I enjoy playing the marvelous melody, harmony and modulations of Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Andante.” The students move with rapt attention, responding to the subdivisions of the beat which are inherent in the music.

Begin with a slow tempo. The beat will be subdivided into eights, triplets, and finally sixteenths. The required movement, though exhilarating, can be tiring…especially the sixteenths! As the students recognize the music, I usually express my thanks to Beethoven for his marvelous gift for a Dalcroze lesson.

Hear Joy’s arrangement of Beethoven’s Andante from Symphony No. 5, recorded by Alex Marthaler. The complete sheet music is available in the Lesson Plan.

This lesson was originally published in the “American Dalcroze Journal” Vol. 40, No. 2.

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About Joy Yelin

Joy Yelin has a Dalcroze License from Carnegie Mellon University and an Elementary Certificate from the Dalcroze School in New York City. She is an MTNA certified Master Teacher of Eurhythmics and is former faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. She is author of several books, including Recipes for Improvisation, Ring Around the Development Tree and Movement That Fits: Dalcroze Eurhythmics and the Suzuki Method. She has also written numerous articles for Clavier, American Music Teacher, and the American Dalcroze Journal.

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