The DSA Constitution and ByLaws




The name of this organization shall be the Dalcroze Society of America, Inc., hereinafter referred to as the “DSA.”


The DSA is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to fulfilling a threefold purpose:

  1. To sustain, advance, and grow the practice of Dalcroze Education in the USA by assembling and making available to the community of Dalcroze practitioners the resources that are essential to its survival and expansion.

  2. To build a community of Dalcroze practitioners by facilitating networking among its members and by enabling these practitioners to work together to achieve the common goals and objectives that each of them cannot achieve on their own.

  3. To increase general awareness and appreciation of Dalcroze Education by promoting the artistic and pedagogical principles of Emile Jaques-Dalcroze through educational workshops, publications, financial and consultative assistance, and the encouragement of local chapters and study groups throughout the United States.


The membership of the Dalcroze Society of America, Inc., shall consist of individuals and organizations interested in learning, utilizing and promoting the approach to teaching and learning “in and through” music developed by Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, known as Dalcroze Education. The annual membership period shall be renewable and annual dues shall be assessed on a rolling basis. Such membership shall be divided into the following five categories:


Section 1. The business and affairs of the Dalcroze Society of America, Inc., shall be managed by a nine (9) member Board of Trustees empowered by the DSA membership to act solely in the interests of the DSA by designing and executing policies and processes consistent with the purposes set forth in this document.

Section 2. Each year (on or around June 21) the Board of Trustees will vote to approve the appointment of three Trustees whom the Governance Committee has nominated to serve a three-year term. Any Trustee may run for reelection at the end of his or her initial three-year term, with a limit of two consecutive terms, or six (6) years, of service. With Trustees serving staggered three-year terms, the Board shall always have at least two (2), but ideally three (3) Trustees serving respectively the first, second, or third year of their terms.

Section 3. Each year (on or around June 21) the Board of Trustees shall vote to approve a slate of four candidates nominated to serve as the Executive Committee for a one-year renewable term of office. The Executive Committee shall consist of the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer of the Dalcroze Society of America. At this time the Board will also vote to appoint (or reappoint) a Trustee to the position of Managing Editor of the American Dalcroze Journal to a one-year renewable term of office.

Section 4. In the time leading up to the June meeting, the Governance Committee shall nominate candidates for the Executive Committee and present them to the Board of Trustees as a slate for its approval. Alternatively, at the General Meeting the DSA holds during its biennial national conference, the assembled membership shall vote to approve the nominations for Executive Committee.