Musical Subjects

by Michael Joviala

Writings about music and music education from my perspective as a Dalcroze teacher and practitioner.

Live in NYC? Join me for the NYC debut of my group Locomotors at the Mark Morris Dance Center: an evening of improvised music and dance with Dawn Pratson and Marty Ehrlich. October 27, 2023. Tickets and info.

I wonder if some of the other musical subjects are envious of …
Watching Music, Hearing Movement
A collection of video about music and movement. Nice piece of …


  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

A collection of video related to music and movement that I find inspiring.

For Families of Young Students:

What to expect in my 1st-2nd Grade Dalcroze Classes. 1st and 2nd grade skills and experiences for movement, rhythm, pitch, ensemble skills.

Writing about Dalcroze for Early Childhood: 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

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