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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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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