The Dalcroze Society of America Memorial Scholarship provides funding for study at an accredited teacher training program. Find application instructions and requirements here.

Updated April 4, 2024

Each year, in honor of beloved Dalcroze educators Fran Aronoff, Arthur Becknell, John Colman, Brunhilde Dorsch, Elsa Findlay, and Henrietta Rosenstrauch, the Dalcroze Society of America awards a limited number of Memorial Scholarships to help future Dalcroze teachers study at accredited Dalcroze teacher training programs in the United States or abroad.

Consistent with the DSA’s mission, the purpose of this program is to sustain, advance, and grow the practice of Dalcroze Education in the USA by providing financial aid to students living in the USA who plan to attend an accredited Dalcroze teacher training program and pursue Dalcroze certification. If this description applies to you, we encourage you to apply.

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Special Features of our Application Process

Awards are made to both new and continuing students.

  • A new teacher trainee is someone who has never enrolled in a Dalcroze teacher training program
    A continuing teacher trainee is someone who has previously enrolled in a Dalcroze teacher training program.
  • In addition to standard contact, program information, and a resume, the application consists of only five short-answer responses
  • Supporting financial documents are no longer required (or accepted). If you would like to share details of your financial situation, you may do so in the application
  • Applicants no longer complete a separate Self-Assessment
  • We will invite each of your three references to submit five short-answer responses
  • Our scholarship review committee will take your own responses and your references' responses into account to select recipients
  • There is no application fee, but applicants must be current DSA members. (Student memberships are $25/year.)
  • Applicants must live within the United States when applying. (They do not need to be a citizen, but should demonstrate an intention to practice in the US.)
  • Training programs must be accredited by the DSA and attended in-person

After reviewing the above information, submit your application below.

You will need to have a valid membership to access the form.

Applications are due March 1.

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Scholarship awards are announced in April.

Robert M. Abramson Fellowship

Supported by the Robert M. Abramson Foundation, this award serves to advance and sustain Dalcroze Education in the USA by helping to provide financial support for American Dalcroze teachers to actively pursue the Diplôme Supérieur at the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze in Geneva, Switzerland.

In order to be eligible for this award, every applicant for the Robert M. Abramson Fellowship must meet the following criteria:

  1. Has earned the Dalcroze License in studies with a Dalcroze teacher-training program run by a teacher authorized by the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze to confer Dalcroze credentials (a Diplômée, who holds the Diplôme Supérieur).
  2. Has passed the entrance exam for the Diplôme program at the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze.
  3. Has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to teaching and promoting Dalcroze Education in the USA.
  4. Agrees to identify themselves as a Robert M. Abramson Fellow in all published materials relating to their Dalcroze teaching and presenting, including their bio.
  5. Provides proof of ongoing progress toward completion of the Diplôme Supérieur.

For more information and to apply, contact Arnold Reiter, Trustee, Robert M. Abramson Foundation, at


Support DSA Memorial Scholarships by making a contribution directly to the fund.

2024 Scholarship Awards

New and continuing teacher trainees will receive grants of $500 each.

2023 Scholarship Recipients

KuanTing Chang
Qin Ling
Danica Schofer
Cuishan (Tracey) Shi
Joy Son
Yin Zhu