Latest Update.....

Children's Dalcroze classes at St Mary's Music School on Saturday mornings are now up and running. The Pre-school class is about to expand to two classes so applications for children in their pre-school year are welcome. There are a couple of spaces in the P5 class but others are full.

Do you live near Dumfries, Edinburgh or Banchory? Check out the Ring Time Workshops under the Scheduled Classes tab.

I had never thought about phrasing like that. Now I always will.
I wish I had learned music like that as a kid!
Picked up some great ideas for my teaching.
Workshops were excellently paced - plenty of variety in each one but enough time spent on each activity also. The content was of immense interest!
I enjoyed all aspects, just wish the workshops could go on for longer.
…….will feed into my own creative work - made me more aware of elements of construction of music.
I think Monica was brilliant and it was a well thought out, greatly varied workshop…….
move2music is a great experience. My daughter has developed a great sense of rhythm, and a fantastic ability to listen to music. The freedom of movement in a big space has been combined with the consciousness of the presence of other children with a very nice feeling of harmony.
I have been taught by Monica in a variety of different sessions, often at advanced level, and have always left them having developed further skills as a musician, been engaged throughout and also have had fun. Monica strikes a balance between delivering often challenging sessions with a light touch.
Dalcroze Trainee (London)
Monica is a dynamic and innovative practitioner as well as a skilled trainer and workshop leader. She has delivered a number of high quality, bespoke training sessions across our three Big Noise Centres and according to staff feedback, her sessions have been highly relevant, extremely well-prepared and greatly appreciated.
Francis Cummings, Director of Music, Sistema Scotland
We were so lucky to have Monica to guide us through the labyrinth that is the preparation for the Dalcroze Intermediate exam! She is a perfect mix of practical and inspirational. Thank you, Monica!
Dalcroze Trainee (Scotland)
Monica's classes have helped my boys to keep in touch with their innate musical core. Watching them at work with her is a beautiful experience!
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Monica Wilkinson teaches and leads Dalcroze workshops in a variety of settings across the UK, including at St Mary’s Music School, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, University of St Andrews and Sistema Scotland. She regularly delivers training for Dalcroze UK. Bespoke training for musicians, teachers, students and children is a speciality. Recent projects include the première of Sally Beamish’s A Shakespeare Masque with Ex Cathedra, a weekend working with Mull Music Makers, and Tune Up Your Body, an introduction to Dalcroze in the classroom for Scottish Association of Music Education.
New to Dalcroze?

Dalcroze is a tripartite method of music education comprising Rhythmics (movement), Improvisation and Aural Training. However, it is not three separate subjects; you will find all three present in any one lesson. What’s unique to Dalcroze is the Rhythmics element, which is why so many people think that’s all it it is. Well it isn’t! It is a complete method of musicianship training.
Dalcroze Eurhythmics is a process for awakening, developing and refining innate musicality through rhythmic movement, ear training and improvisation.
Dr Marta Sanchez
In music, all of its major elements – melody, melodic contour, rhythm and phrasing, cadence points, accents, microvariations in timing and dynamics, and harmony among others – are informed by, and draw on, bodily processes. That is why Dalcroze’s seminal understanding of the role of the body and movement in music and musical pedagogy are so important to musicians, musical educators, and psychologists today.
Seitz, J. Psychology of Music (2005)