Using Recorded Music in a Dalcroze Class

Today’s Dalcroze teacher has easy access to a world of recorded sound that would have been unfathomable to M. Jaques. How do we take advantage of this rich resource and still retain the essence of eurhythmics? Louise Mathieu helps us sort through the issues in this reprint from the American Dalcroze Journal (Vol. 23, No.…

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Lesson Plan Editorial: Andante from Symphony No. 5

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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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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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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