Conference Registration Now Open

Conference Registration officially opens today! In just a few short months, we will meet in Miami, FL to celebrate the Dalcroze Education community and join together in workshops, presentations, and performances. Early Registration discounts are available through November 17. Current DSA members save even more! The conference theme “Dynamic Performance” explores the ways Dalcroze Education…

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Call for Proposals – Deadline Extended

With the many international Dalcroze events in July, we’ve extended the deadline by a month to give you additional time get your materials together. Or if you were on the fence about submitting a proposal, there’s still time! Deadline extended to September 1, 2019. The Dalcroze Society of America invites proposals to present workshops and…

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“Le Rythme 2019” Now Available

We are pleased to announce the 2019 issue of Le Rythme, the journal published by FIER that presents scientific perspectives, artistic research, and theory from the international Dalcroze Education community. Containing nearly 30 articles, abstracts, and papers, this issue is one of the most substantial to date. From the preface, Paul Hille, Fabian Bautz, and…

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Herb Henke Memoriam

Last week, we featured “Options for Improvising” from legendary Dalcroze teacher Herbert Henke (1931-2015). Today, we are remembering his legacy by sharing reflections of this influential and unforgettable American master teacher. (These reflections were shared following his death in 2015.) Herb Henke was a giant not only in his appearance but most importantly in his…

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Options for Improvising

Herb Henke (1931-2015) inspired many of today’s Dalcroze educators. Here, he guides us in improvisation by suggesting simple but profound changes to a piece of music. After playing the piece as written, try the following versions: Add three flats (b-flat, e-flat, a-flat) to the key signature. The indicated b-naturals, however, should be retained. Create a…

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Lesson Plan: Old Joe Has Gone Fishing

This lesson was presented at the 2012 DSA National Conference at Seattle Pacific University and teaches 7/4 with Benjamin Britten’s “Old Joe Has Gone Fishing” from his opera Peter Grimes. Benjamin Britten wrote this canon as a sort of faux sea chanty/drinking song.  It is charming a capella; when heard in the opera with full…

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2019 DSA Memorial Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to this year’s winners! In honor of beloved Dalcroze educators Fran Aronoff, Arthur Becknell, John Colman, Brunhilde Dorsch, Elsa Findlay, and Henrietta Rosenstrauch, these awards provide funding for study at an accredited teacher training program. This year, the DSA Board awarded a total of $2,762.10. 2019 Scholarship Recipients Elizabeth ChladilSteven CosneckLoretta HaskellMira LarsonGuy MendilowMolly…

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Developing as a Dalcroze Teacher

I first learned of the Dalcroze approach in graduate school, when a fellow singer remarked of my incredible teacher: “He went to a Dalcroze workshop, and came back as a new conductor.” I never forgot this, and I hoped that the approach might have something similar in store for me. I am now in the…

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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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