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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“Listen, Move, Improvise, Discover”

On January 20, 2019, the Dalcroze Leadership Initiative co-sponsored a workshop with the Colburn School. Over 30 people participated in “Listen, Move, Improvise, Discover,” with Bill Bauer, Dalcroze License. “What a fun workshop!  Three hours flew away with fun but challenging interactive musical activities. I loved moving to Bill’s lively improvisations. Plus, bringing in neuroscience…

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