Undoing Racism, May 2021

I am writing this the day after President Biden’s first address to Congress, where he stood, for the first time in US history, in front of two women leaders of the house: Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Kamala Harris. I am heartened that President Biden is diversifying leadership in the government, and that his…

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Video: Theme and Variations with Cynthia Lilley

This class, recorded live at the 2020 DSA National Conference in Miami, FL, was led by Cynthia Lilley, Dalcroze License. The full lesson on how the Theme and Variations form can be especially useful in the Dalcroze classroom. Haydn’s “Surprise” Symphony, Copland’s “Appalachian Spring,” and Stravinsky’s Suite from “Pulcinella” illustrate the possibilities. Variation on a…

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The 2020-2021 Professional Development Committee

Formed in 2012, the Dalcroze Society of America’s Professional Development Committee (PDC) has focused on developing written standards of excellence for the future Dalcrozians of the United States.  The T2 Manual (“Teacher Training” Manual) outlines the standards for the Dalcroze Professional Certificate and Dalcroze License.  These minimum standards outline what all DSA Accredited Dalcroze training…

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Undoing Racism, March 2021

The monthly conversations on “Undoing Racism in Music Education” have continued. We’ve had three conversations since the last blogpost: one in December, one in January and one in February. I wish I could have posted something each month, but time has been speeding by faster than I expected. Our conversations have consistently been fruitful. We’ve…

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Video: Organic Rhythm with Dawn Pratson

This class, recorded live at the 2020 DSA National Conference in Miami, FL, was led by Dawn Pratson, Dalcroze License, and explores natural rhythms that accompany movement. These rhythms can be inspired by the breath, the heartbeat, or other sources of bodily motion; by spatial pathways and other spatial elements; or by moving in relation to…

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The DSA Marketing Team

Dalcroze is a rich and multidimensional practice that holds infinite potential for exploration and discovery. Maybe this aspect is what attracted you to Dalcroze in the first place? As you may have noticed, an experience so rooted in the aural and physical sensation of music can be hard to explain to someone who has never…

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Supporting Future Dalcroze Educators: The DSA Scholarships Task Force

Since the DSA was formed over forty years ago, the Memorial Scholarship program has enabled many who seek Dalcroze training to fulfill their dream. A key purpose of this program is to encourage more teachers to pursue training at accredited Dalcroze teacher training programs in the hope that many will attain certification and licensure. But…

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​Coming Together: The DSA’s National Events Committee

Since our founding, the Dalcroze Society of America has been organizing events that bring us together as a community. Of all the events the DSA creates, our national conference may be the one that most embodies our vision statement, which states: The Dalcroze Society of America works to ensure that a strong and vibrant community…

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Video: Making Joyful Connections with Silvia Del Bianco

This lesson was designed for the opening session at the 2020 DSA National Conference. As Silvia explains, her goal was to have a joyful start, with exercises that weren’t too difficult in terms of concentration and dissociation. Activities invite participants to develop their own movement vocabulary and deepen their connection with the body. In this…

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Recognizing One Another: Surveying the Dalcroze Landscape

Did you get your Dalcroze training just last month or years ago? What level have you reached? How do you use it in your professional life? The Dalcroze Society of America wants to know about you! As a service, the DSA provides a member directory. We want to make sure our information is up to…

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