Musical Subjects

by Michael Joviala

I write mostly about music and music education from my perspective as a Dalcroze teacher.


Ensemble Skills for 1st-2nd Grade (Part 4 of 4)
This is the final part of a series on skills, goals and …
1st – 2nd Grade Skills, Experiences and Objectives Associated with Pitch (Part 3)
Well, "next week" turned into two months! The teaching season has heated …
1st-2nd Grade: Skills and Objectives Associated with Rhythm (Part 2 of 4)
Second in a series of posts describing what a typical class might …
What will 1st-2nd Graders Experience in a Dalcroze Class? (Part 1 of 4)
At the end of each year, I send the families of my …


  1. Articles on the Musical Subjects I am thinking about and working with in the classroom.
  2. During the lockdown, I posted short articles on Dalcroze subjects and materials for Dalcroze Practice at home.
  3. In 2017, I wrote about one class of 7-9 year-olds for a whole year.

note: I have been writing for years about my classes and teaching, mostly for pedagogy students, adult Dalcroze practitioners, and the families of the children I teach. I’m s l o w l y building a resource page here..

For Adult Dalcroze Students and Practitioners:

Ways to think about specific musical subject in your practice and for your teaching: Meter, Beat, Subdivision

Ways to practice music through the Dalcroze approach: Cross-rhythms, Divisions of 12

For Families of Young Students:

1st-2nd Grade:

What we work on: movement, rhythm, pitch

Early Childhood:

What goes on in the classroom? Attention; FAQ’s for adult/child classes; Phrase; Meter; Register and Scale

Tag cloud:

1st-2nd grade 2017 class attention Augmentation and Diminution Beat Beat Division Multiple Changing Beats Changing Meter Cross rhythms divisions of 12 early childhood Five improvisation Inhibition meter notation Patterns with 4 beats projects projects Reaction Rests rhythm subdivision


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