Thanks for your interest in my blog. I have been teaching music professionally for 15 years, on both coasts of the United States, and I am a certified teacher of Dalcroze Eurhythmics. I hope you'll find useful articles on this blog relating to teaching music through the body, and how to integrate Dalcroze Eurhythmics into both public and private school settings. Feel free to email me at your convenience with thoughts and ideas!
Here is an example of how I use the Dalcroze Method to assess rhythmic dictation in 6/8 time. Similar to any playing exam, the students show both understanding and execution of the rhythmic figures.
This is an example of the program we present for 2nd graders, and the type of Plastique we would create. This Mussorgsky piece was fun to interpret and the students made some great choices.
Here's an activity that involves altering a melody to fit into different meters. It's fun to learn and the students really start to understand how the meter changes the feeling of a melody.
This is a lesson I taught to my most advanced students at Duquesne City Music Center, based on a chant by the legendary Eurhythmics teacher, Anne Farber. The words to the chant are : "Sometimes when I think about the many complexities of difficult meters and rhythm patterns I just want to stop everything and sit down!"
In this lesson, the fifth grade students had to figure out the meter changes in "The 12 Days of Christmas" and then conduct it for the class.
This activity around the "Rain Song" is a great way to practice dynamics, and other comparatives. I try and save this lesson for a rainy spring day, and capture the feeling of a warm rain. The children are excited to experiment with the different sounds of the drum.