I write mostly about music and music education from my perspective as a Dalcroze teacher.
Dawn Pratson and I are leading an online workshop, Saturday, May 20th, 1-3pm. In this online workshop, musicians will experiment with techniques to create music for improvised movement, in such specific ways as going with/going against; resisting/accepting; leading/following; supporting/countering; beginning and ending. This is an immersive, participatory workshop in which all instruments and levels are welcome. Workshop-goers will participate both as musicians and movers. No experience necessary, just an open mind, body and spirit!
This is a Dalcroze Society of America event. Members: $10, non-members $20. Purchase tickets.
- Articles on the Musical Subjects I am thinking about and working with in the classroom.
- During the lockdown, I posted short articles on Dalcroze subjects and materials for Dalcroze Practice at home.
- 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:
What we work on: movement, rhythm, pitch
What goes on in the classroom? Attention; FAQ’s for adult/child classes; Phrase; Meter; Register and Scale
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