DSA Memorial Scholarship: Self-Assessment Questions (Preview)

After submitting your scholarship application, a Google Form will invite you to reflect on your training and experiences by assessing your comfort level across several areas relevant to Dalcroze Education.

Updated February 1, 2020

The questionnaire form link is only shared after submitting your scholarship application; this preview document is here to help you plan your responses.

Please allow up to one hour to complete this self-assessment.

  • Applicants for the merit-based scholarship should complete this form between February 2 and 15.
  • Applicants for the need-based scholarship should complete this form within 2 weeks of invitation (rolling deadline).

Applicant Overview

  1. Email address
  2. First name
  3. Last name
  4. Please specify which DSA scholarship(s) you would like to be considered for.
    1. Merit-based scholarship
    2. Need-based scholarship
  5. If you are applying for a need-based scholarship, have you requested your tax transcript yet? The process may take up to 4 weeks.
    1. No, I have not started the process, but I will soon
    2. Yes, I have requested the transcript from the IRS and am waiting to receive it
    3. Yes, I have received the transcript from the IRS and will send it to the DSA soon
    4. Yes, I have sent the DSA the tax transcript
  6. Describe your career goals. How will Dalcroze teacher training fit into them? 
    1. (Up to 1000 characters.)
  7. What features of Dalcroze Education lead you to want to study it more in depth?
    1. (Up to 1000 characters.)
  8. Teacher Training in Dalcroze Education requires persistence. Briefly discuss ways you've shown persistence in your life and work. 
    1. (Up to 1000 characters.)
  9. Indicate which exams (if any) you hope to take during this granting cycle. If you aren't sure, you can make your best prediction and explain below.
    1. Level I
    2. Level II
    3. Level III - Certificate
    4. Level IV
    5. Level V - License
  10. Exams: Additional Comments
    1. Provide any additional information to clarify your choices above. (Optional, up to 1000 characters)

The following sections ask you to rank your level of self-confidence in the three branches of Dalcroze Education: Eurhythmics, Solfège, and Improvisation.

We're interested in hearing about your own level of self-confidence in each of these areas. The greater the ranking, the more comfort you feel in handling complex challenges. Because we are most interested in your self-awareness, low scores will not necessarily disqualify you. The committee will consider your answers in light of your referees' assessments in these areas.

While some questions are required, many are optional. Those applying for a merit-based scholarship will want to provide as much detail as possible in this form. However, the financial data of those applying for a need-based scholarship will be weighed more heavily. Still, we urge all applicants to share as much information as possible.

Dalcroze Eurhythmics

Dalcroze Eurhythmics asks students to improvise bodily movement in response to music.

  1. Describe your background, training, and experience with movement and dance improvisation, referring to your resume whenever relevant.
    1. (Up to 1000 characters.)
  2. Body technique (1-7)
  3. Movement improvisation (1-7)
    1. (Embodied creativity)
  4. Eurhythmics (1-7)
    1. (Correlating movement responses to improvised music)
  5. Dance performance (1-7)
  6. Designing choreography to music  (1-7)
  7. Please provide any additional information to clarify the above rankings. 
    1. (Up to 500 characters.)

Dalcroze Solfège

Dalcroze solfège asks students to use the voice to actualize their musical understanding and to demonstrate their aural skills. 

  1. Describe your background, training, and experience in using the voice expressively to communicate your musical understanding to listeners (i.e. aural skills), referring to your resume whenever relevant.
    1. (Up to 1000 characters.)
  2. Vocal technique (1-7)
  3. Vocal improvisation (1-7)
    1. (Spontaneous melodic and rhythmic invention)
  4. Sight singing (1-7)
  5. Vocal performance (1-7)
  6. Ear training and dictation (1-7)
    1. (Recognition of musical structures, including metric and tonal organization)
  7. Please provide any additional information to clarify the above rankings.
    1. (Up to 500 characters.)

Dalcroze Improvisation (Keyboard)

Dalcroze improvisation asks students to use the piano (or a keyboard instrument) to actualize their musical understanding, as well as to match improvised music to movement and vice versa. 

You will also be invited to share your comfort level in improvisation on a non-keyboard instrument (or voice) in the next section.

  1. Describe your background, training, and experience with the piano, referring to your resume whenever relevant.
    1. (Up to 1000 characters.)
  2. Keyboard performance (1-7)
    1. (Performing repertoire)
  3. Keyboard harmony (1-7)
    1. (Designing accompaniments)
  4. Keyboard improvisation (1-7)
    1. (Spontaneous invention)
  5. Improvisation for movement (1-7)
    1. (Prompting movement and interpreting movement at the piano)
  6. Please provide any additional information to clarify the above rankings.
    1. (Up to 500 characters.)

Dalcroze Improvisation (Non-keyboard)

Dalcroze improvisation asks teachers to actualize their musical understanding, as well as to match improvised music to movement and vice versa, on other instruments besides keyboard. 

This form gives applicants whose primary instrument is not the piano the opportunity to rank their comfort level in these areas separately. 

  1. If your primary instrument is not the keyboard, then describe your background, training, and experience on your primary instrument or voice, referring to your resume whenever relevant.
    1. (Up to 1000 characters.)
  2. Instrumental/vocal performance (1-7)
    1. (Performing repertoire)
  3. Inventing instrumental or vocal backup for a soloist (1-7)
    1. (Designing accompaniments)
  4. Instrumental (non-keyboard) or vocal improvisation (1-7)
    1. (Spontaneous invention)
  5. Improvisation for movement (1-7)
    1. (Prompting movement and interpreting movement with your primary instrument or voice)
  6. Please provide any additional information to clarify the above rankings.
    1. (Up to 500 characters.)

Additional Creative Work

Dalcroze teachers come to the practice with a wide diversity of backgrounds. 

  1. Describe any creative endeavors you have been involved in that your responses to the previous sections have not covered. 
    1. You may wish to discuss your artistic background (dance, sculpture, architecture, design, literature, etc.) and other interests relevant to your Dalcroze studies (cognitive psych., developmental psych., neuroscience, etc.). (Up to 1000 characters)

Closing Notes

Responses can only be submitted online via the Google Form.

Merit-based scholarship announcements will be made in April.
Need-based scholarships are announced on a rolling basis.

Applicants for a need-based scholarship must make arrangements to send proof of financial need to the DSA in the form of a tax return transcript. The process may take up to 4 weeks, so we encourage you to begin the process immediately. Instructions can be found online at dalcrozeusa.org/taxtranscript

Contact scholarships@dalcrozeusa.org with any questions.