Improvising with “The Twenty-Fifth Hour” and Beyond

On Saturday, April 6, Michael Joviala gave an outstanding workshop to 10 enthusiastic Philadelphians (and one young music educator who got up at 3am to drive from Ohio to attend!). This was the final workshop of the Philadelphia Chapter 2018-2019 school year, all of which took place with the generous underwriting and venue support of…

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Kenneth K. Guilmartin: Making Music Together

In anticipation of the 2016 National Conference, I visited with DSA member and Dalcroze Certificate Kenneth K. Guilmartin (who is also a fellow Princeton area resident). Ken and I first met over thirty years ago in Manhattan, when he and I were both studying with Bob Abramson. He generously took time from his busy schedule…

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Call for Proposals Now Open

Are you interested in presenting at the 2020 DSA National Conference: Dynamic Performance, which will take place January 17-19, 2020 in Miami, FL? The Call for Proposals is now open, and the submission deadline is August 1. We encourage you to apply!

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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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Teaching from Stillness

A Conversation About Lisa Parker with Guy Mendilow What makes Lisa Parker such a remarkable teacher? We could write quite a few blog posts here alone! But four qualities leap out right away — and each is wrapped up with the others. Before I get going, I should mention the obvious: this is just my…

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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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Heart to Heart: Music and Movement for Seniors with Dementia

How curious, poignant, and profound that when all is taken from us: our professions, our routines, our sense of ourselves, perhaps even knowledge of our own names, we still possess our deep capacity to respond to music: melody, rhythm, harmony, song. Why is this? Perhaps it is because our very being is music. Music is…

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Diving into Dalcroze at the Longy Dalcroze Institute

My experience attending the first week of the Longy Dalcroze Institute surpassed all of my expectations!  Each day was a “deep dive” into not only the practice of Dalcroze Education, but a chance to workshop ideas, observe and discuss Dalcroze methods and overall become immersed in the world of Dalcroze.  I am grateful for the…

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Building Global Connections: A Conversation with Silvia del Bianco

Director of L’Institut Jaques-Dalcroze since 2006, Silvia Del Bianco holds a singular position in the global community of Dalcroze practitioners. Yet many of us in the United States know precious little about her or the institution she heads. So I’m excited that we are featuring a conversation she and I had via Skype this past…

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