The credentials of Certificate, License, and Diplôme Supérieur give holders the tools to teach Dalcroze classes. See how you can begin the process.
Dalcroze is a rich, complex, multifaceted practice that asks for immersive study. The United States offers several accredited Teacher Training Programs that host students for study. While training programs are designed for those seeking a credential, they are useful to anyone interested in the Dalcroze method.
There are three internationally recognized credentials offered in Dalcroze Education:
- Diplôme Supérieur
The Certificate is granted to those who are ready to teach introductory courses in Dalcroze Education to students of any age, up to an early-intermediate level. The Level 1 and Level 2 credentials recognize an individual’s progress toward the Certificate, but are not themselves “certification.” Many K-12 music educators seek a Dalcroze Certificate.
The License enables holders to teach students of all levels in eurhythmics, solfège, improvisation, plastique animée, and pedagogy. It is the most advanced Dalcroze credential offered in the United States.
The Diplôme Supérieur is the terminal degree for Dalcroze study and is only offered in Geneva, Switzerland. Diplômés are representatives of the Dalcroze method and are authorized to grant Dalcroze credentials and direct Dalcroze teacher-training programs.
Those who pursue Dalcroze teacher training typically study between two and five years to earn the Dalcroze Certificate and several more years to earn the Dalcroze License. Dalcroze Certificates and Licenses are conferred by master Dalcroze faculty at training centers. To hold the Diplôme Supérieur, applicants must have extensive Dalcroze teaching experience and pass rigorous examinations at the Dalcroze Institute in Geneva, Switzerland.
Each training center sets its own standards for teacher certification and administers its own examinations. These include individual examinations in eurhythmics, solfège, and improvisation, as well as demonstrations of teaching ability.
Dalcroze Society of America accredited training programs are run by master Dalcroze teachers and are approved by the Professional Development Committee.
The DSA offers scholarships to assist those wishing to become Dalcroze teachers.
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Download a PDF of the 2021 DSA Teacher-Training Manual for Certification and Licensure here.