Mr. Mo's Music Education Blog

Video : 2nd Grade Mussorgsky Plastique

Our second grade program this year featured 6 Plastique performances, and a collection of songs and poems to accompany each one.  This was a performance of Mussorgsky’s “Promenade” from pictures at an exhibition.  The students helped develop the choreography and […]

Rhythmic Dictation and Movement for 3rd Grade

I prepared a video to demonstrate how I typically conduct an assessment of a 3rd grade dictation.  This unit was all about 6/8 patterns.  The students develop a language based on the movements that we use for each figure.  They learn […]

Plastique Anime for Children

In the method for music learning developed by Emile Jacques-Dalcroze, there are 3 most commonly referenced branches.  Dalcroze used eurhythmics, solfege, and piano improvisation to bring his students to their most natural and fully realized musicianship.  There is a fourth […]

“Becoming Musical” Chapter by Mr. Mo

I was fortunate to be asked to contribute to a great music-ed text called “Becoming Musical” by Frank Abrahams and Ryan John.  The text is a wonderful addition to a music-ed library and should be required reading for aspiring teachers. […]

2018 Dalcroze National Conference

I was fortunate to be able to attend the 2018 DSA National Conference in Los Angeles.  This event was inspirational for me and a great way to strengthen and grow my teaching practice.  I attended some excellent sessions and had […]

Mixed Meter at CMC

Our intermediate Eurhythmics class at the City Music Center has been working this year on mixed and odd meters.  We’ve been stepping and clapping different combinations of twos and threes, moving to world music compositions as well as German Zwiefacher dances, […]

Eurhythmics FAQ

Eurhythmics is a notoriously difficult subject to explain.  It can be hard to understand without a robust experience in a class setting.  The most important factor to understanding Eurhythmics is to watch your own musicianship improve through a prolonged practice.  I […]

Mr. Mo @ City Music Center

I am glad to have been named the Eurhythmics instructor for the Duquesne University City Music Center.  My friend Jayne MacDonald had been the instructor here for two decades and did an amazing job.  I have had a wonderful time […]

Sample Lesson: Exploring 6/8 Time

  Many people are curious about what a Dalcroze lesson might look like in a public school setting.  Here is a lesson taught to a third grade class that explores and experiences 6/8 time.  Students interact with each other, respond […]

Mixed Meter Lessons in 5th Grade

Over the past few weeks we’ve begun studying mixed and odd meters in our 5th Grade music class.  Some are surprised and even skeptical of the choice to study and perform pieces in meters like 7/8, 9/8, 10/8, etc.  After […]