Dalcroze-based Eurhythmics Course

Émile Jaques-Dalcroze created the first modern method of music education, for pre-professional conservatory students, around 1900. His work was later modified for children and remains an essential part of curriculum at leading institutions – elementary to collegiate – around the world. Stravinsky, Diaghilev, Nijinski, Graham and Appia are among many artists who worked with, or were directly affected by, his work.

Dalcroze-based principles teach the relationship between movement and music. No book can offer the intimate, personal understanding of the method like a Eurhythmics class. The process is a total experience that engages the entire being – mind, body and spirit – facilitating the spirit of play in a discovery-based, imaginative fashion where analysis and theory follow practice.

The summer seminar at CSU follows the curriculum of the American Eurhythmics Society and is closely affiliated with this organization. Aligning with CSU's goals for the course, the mission of the Society is to introduce public school music teachers to the philosophical and pedagogical approach of Dalcroze-based training, preparing them to incorporate the approach in their teaching.

In the course of 2-3 summers, students demonstrating proficiency on the course competencies, based on AES curriculum, will become AES certified through CSU.

About the Course

MU 524 Course Description

Dalcroze-based Eurhythmics (MU 524) is a graduate-level, three-credit elective course designed for classroom music teachers and/or music therapists seeking experiential, movement-based strategies and techniques to strengthen student learning, hearing, literacy, creativity, expressivity, and overall musicianship. Students will be introduced to the philosophy and instructional approach of Émile Jaques-Dalcroze (1865-1950). Components of the course include:

  • Eurhythmics & Movement
  • Solfège Rhythmique
  • Improvisation (instrument, movement, vocal, text)
  • Plastique Animèe for the classroom
  • Pedagogy Application for grades K-5

Classroom music teachers learn how to apply Dalcroze-based principles to create effective, age-appropriate lesson activities and plans for immediate use with students, while at the same time strengthening their individual musicianship and movement. Students will have the opportunity to experience and reflect on pedagogical benefits and challenges through a teaching lab with elementary-aged children during the second week.

Why is there an Eurhythmics course at CSU?

Designed in accordance with the Vision Statement for the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Colorado State University:

Dedicated to its land-grant heritage, the Music Faculty at Colorado State University are committed to promoting music and pedagogy of the highest quality, serving music education through actions that benefit students, teachers, and the citizens of Colorado.”

The Eurhythmics course (MU524) is a three-credit graduate elective offered to students and non-students alike. The course is designed to serve as a component of a Master of Music degree at CSU, such as Music Education, Music Therapy, or Music Performance. Students in other degree programs such as Education, or programs outside of CSU may also enroll, as well as students who wish to learn about Dalcroze-based Eurhythmics but are not currently in a degree program.

What will the course accomplish?

The Eurhythmics course at CSU will introduce the instructional and musicianship approach of Emile Jaques-Dalcroze in an intensive, two-week, summer residency program to graduate-level music students at Colorado State University, graduate-level music students at other Colorado Universities, and Colorado-area music teachers. The course will provide practical approaches and curricular suggestions for integrating the Dalcroze method in K-12 music instruction. Students will have an opportunity to practice what they have learned by delivering Dalcroze-based instruction to children.

Who should take this course?

The Colorado public schools maintain a policy of granting every child access to music instruction, and CSU is committed to serving music educators while directly benefiting music students in Colorado. Therefore, Eurhythmics at CSU is aimed squarely at constituents of the Colorado public schools:

  • Students and/or teachers who are not familiar with Dalcroze-based Eurhythmics
  • Those who are familiar with Eurhythmics and would like to begin training
  • Those who are familiar with the method and would like to pursue a certificate
Distinguishing factors about the course at CSU
  • The instructors of this course are licensed k-12 Music Teachers.
  • Both instructors hold over 20 years of experience teaching music to children:
    • Jacobi holds experience teaching Keyboard for Music Educators courses at the University of Texas-Austin, the University of Houston, and Colorado State University.
  • The instructors have degrees in Music Education with successful completion of courses such as:
    • Elementary Music Methods,
    • Choral Methods,
    • Percussion Techniques,
    • Foundations of Music Education,
    • Classroom Management,
    • Child Psychology,
    • Psychological Foundations in Music Education,
    • Learning Theory,
    • Literacy in Classroom Teaching,
    • Research Methods in Music Education
  • This course is specifically geared to challenges faces by classroom music teachers in public school settings, among them:
    • Oversized/large classes
    • Classroom spaces that are not optimal
    • Sparse/varying weekly instructional time
    • Special needs learners (including behavioral, substance abuse, criminal)
    • Differentiating instruction
    • ESL learners
    • Grade-level programs
    • Lack of instruments (including piano)/materials due to budgetary constraints
    • Interdisciplinary curriculum planning
    • Collaboration with classroom teachers
    • Meeting expectations of administrators, including assessment
    • Fostering parent involvement
    • Vertical alignment with secondary ensemble directors
    • Advocating within public school community

Contact

For more information about this course, please contact Dr. Bonnie Jacobi.

Dates

June 13-22, 2018

Tuition

3 credit course: tuition TBD
Full program non-credit: tuition TBD

 

Resources

Award-winning Faculty

Dalcroze program instructors Dr. Bonnie Jacobi Assistant Professor of Music Education, Area Coordinator for Music Education and Director of the Colorado Kodály Institute and Fritz Anders Guest Associate Professor in the College of Liberal Arts Music, Theatre and Dance departments at the University Center for the Arts Colorado State University, August 4, 2015.
Bonnie Jacobi

07.15Dr. Bonnie Jacobi holds a Dalcroze Certificate from the American Eurhythmics Society. She has studied eurhythmics at Carnegie-Mellon’s International Dalcroze Institute, The Juilliard School’s Abramson-Dalcroze Institute, the Dalcroze School of the Rockies. Bonnie is a classically-trained dancer and former member of the Austin Contemporary Ballet. Her training began at the New Jersey Dance Theatre Guild, Princeton Ballet, and Dokoudovsky New York Conservatory of Dance, where she studied the Cecchetti, Vaganova, and Preobrajenska methods. In tap, she was trained by two Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, and was hired as a youth to perform tap for a children’s video filmed in New York City. In college, Bonnie participated in the Five College Dance Ensemble (a consortium between MHC, Smith College, Amherst College, Hampshire College, the University of Massachusetts), which included performing Balanchine’s “Orpheus” Pas de Deux with her professor for Humanities classes in all five colleges. She has studied ballet for over 35 years in advanced adult programs at schools of the Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, Houston Repertory Ballet, Ballet Florida, Boca Ballet Theatre, and Boulder Ballet. Bonnie has taught ballet, pointe, and tap to children ages 5-18 in N.J. and Texas, choreographing works for onstage recital performances and regional dance competitions. In Austin, she founded a liturgical dance troupe for children which toured area churches. Bonnie has also served as a professional piano accompanist for the Princeton Ballet (now American Repertory Ballet) in N.J., and Ballet Austin in Texas.

Fritz Anders, a Master Teaching Artist

anders_enewsMr. Fritz Anders teaches Eurhythmics for the JEFFCO School District where he is the Music Teacher at Green Gables Elementary School. Additionally, Mr. Anders serves as Organist and Choir Director at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church in Denver, Colorado. Formerly, Mr. Anders taught in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he taught both music and dance - ballet & modern/Horton technique at Santa Fe High School. Mr. Anders earned his graduate Certification in Dalcroze Eurhythmics from the Juilliard School in New York City and is a Master Teaching Artist for the American Eurhythmics Society. He has taught Eurhythmics throughout the western United States for over twenty years. He is a frequent clinician for curriculum workshops within the JEFFCO School District and a sought-after clinician for pedagogy workshops nationally and internationally.