“The paradox of education is precisely this – that as one begins to become conscious, one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.”    “The purpose of education…is to create in a person the ability to look at the world for himself, to make his own decisions.”    “Education is indoctrination…

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This demonstration class was done with students ages 11-13 from the Rhythmic-Solfège IV and Advanced Dalcroze I classes at the Dalcroze School of the Rockies, where they have studied for 7-9 years or more. One of the thing’s that’s remarkable about this method is that it can work in marvelous ways when you first say…

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Ever find yourself wondering how the DSA is organized and run? That question would fall under the heading: Governance.  In general governance is one of those things many of us take for granted—at least until something really big (like America’s presidential election) gets it onto our radar. So I wouldn’t be surprised if many DSA…

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This past August and September on the last Sunday of the month the DSA has hosted informal Zoom discussions on racism in music education. These gatherings have been well attended, with over twenty participants joining from all over the world. I agreed to lead these discussions, inspired by recent events. After George Floyd was killed…

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As the new Chair of the Chapter Outreach Committee, I’m excited about the incredible potential this team has for making an impact on Dalcroze Education in the USA. This committee serves as a liaison between the DSA’s Board of Trustees and Chapters. In other words, it serves a critical role in the life of the…

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This lesson can be used for a wide range of ages and abilities. It may also be adjusted to fit a variety of classroom goals and settings. It explores measure groupings of 3’s and 4’s. Enjoy and please feel free to make it your own! Activity 1: Walks & Bows “Show me how you take…

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This dazzling performance comes from the February 2020 DSA Memorial Scholarship Concert, a fundraising event to support the next generation of Dalcroze Educators. Concert pianist Adalberto Maria Riva performs Emile-Jaques Dalcroze’s “Capriccio appassionato.” The entire concert livestream is available on YouTube, which also contains commentary from Riva himself. The DSA reflects the richness and diversity…

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This class, recorded live at the 2020 DSA National Conference in Miami, FL, was led by Dr. Jeremy Dittus, Diplôme Supérieur, and features students ages 11-13 from Rhythmic-Solfège V and Advanced Dalcroze courses from the Dalcroze School of the Rockies in Denver, CO. Check out a preview of the class below. Using movement as the…

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A few weeks ago, we released Joy Yelin’s lesson on subdivision, which uses the Andante from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. It is such a delight to use this familiar theme. With some tweaks here and there, I enjoy playing the marvelous melody, harmony and modulations of Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Andante.” The students move with rapt…

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It’s not very often that we have the chance to hear the music of Émile Jaques-Dalcroze performed live, and it’s even more special to have this music performed by such a sensitive pianist. Played by concert pianist Adalberto Maria Riva, this clip comes from the February 2020 DSA Memorial Scholarship Concert, which raised funds to support…

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