Very much looking forward to the SAME conference in Stirling on 1/2 September. My session in called "Tune Up Your Body" and is relevant to teachers in all sectors of music education. Hope to see you there.
Monica Wilkinson delivers Dalcroze training in a variety of settings across the UK, including regular classes for adults and children in Edinburgh. She also works on Dalcroze UK courses and at Glasgow City Halls, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and University of St Andrews. Recently, she has given workshops for Quercus Ensemble in Derry, Big Noise, NYCoS, Edinburgh International Harp Festival, and local authorities including Aberdeenshire and East Lothian. She is currently undertaking the Seniors training at Institut Jaques-Dalcroze in Geneva which will enable her to work with older people.
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.