Undoing Racism, December 2020

We are in a unique time. Our conversations have the potential to bring about major cultural shifts, I believe. I hope so! But they are painful, I guess, like most growth spurts.  Even the idea that one must have pain in order to grow is questionable, as my practice of the Alexander Technique posits. Yet,…

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The 2020-21 Publications Committee

Over its forty-plus year history, the DSA has consistently released publications that document the activities of its members, generate interest in Dalcroze Education and Dalcroze Studies, and embody its members’ high standards for relevant content—in print, and more recently, online. Today, all of the organization’s publications are overseen by a newly formed—and highly energized—team. It’s…

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Video: Introduction to Eurhythmics with Dr. Annabelle Joseph

How does a Dalcroze clinician put a room full of DSA National Conference attendees completely at ease while also asking them to take risks? Watch as master eurhythmics teacher Annabelle Joseph shows us how it’s done. Nearly the whole roster of conference attendees was there—and most of us had never met. Yet in short order we…

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Thanking DSA Executive Director Bill Bauer

On behalf of the DSA Board of Trustees, I’d like to extend our deepest gratitude and well-wishes to our Executive Director, William R. Bauer as he transitions out of this position at the end of the month. Bill has been at the helm of the DSA since 2012, when he was voted in as President…

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Undoing Racism, November 2020

“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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Lesson Study Guide: Oh, the Places You Will Go!

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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How’s the DSA Organized?: The DSA Governance Committee

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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Getting Racism Out of Music Education: An Open Discussion

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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The 2020-21 Chapter Outreach Committee

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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Lesson Plan: Waltz of the Flowers

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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