Musical Subjects

by Michael Joviala

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

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Watching Music, Hearing Movement
This week I decided to scour YouTube for examples of improvising music …
Becoming More Yourself
Dawn Pratson, Michael Joviala and Michele Herman in Conversation For about 2 …
Rough Sketch
Confession: I frequently have a hard time learning my own music. This …
So, yes, the relationship between two tones is not necessarily black and …


  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.

For Adult Dalcroze Students and Practitioners:

Ways to think about a specific musical subject in your practice and for your teaching: Meter, Beat, Subdivision, Notation, Whole and Half Steps, Tonality

Ways to practice music through the Dalcroze approach: Cross-rhythms, Divisions of 12, Beat/Division/Multiple in 4/4,quadruple and triple meter, quintuple meter, syncopation with augmentation and diminution, inhibition game with beat/division/multiple, changing beat types, expanding and contracting beats in duple meter, a contracting series of 8 pulses

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 composition Cross rhythms divisions of 12 early childhood Five improvisation Inhibition meter notation Patterns with 4 beats projects projects Reaction Rests rhythm subdivision whole and half steps