I came to my first Dalcroze class knowing very little about it – or at least, having had it explained to me, but not really getting it.
Within minutes I was totally engaged, and fascinated. It seemed to address all my fundamental insecurities with music – my issues with memory, coordination and listening. It was a bit like finally getting a diagnosis for a chronic health problem that has always been there, but which is too embarrassing to mention. Not only a diagnosis, but a cure – a way forward.
Monica introduces each challenge joyfully and with great humour, and we all responded to that. Interestingly, my seventeen-year-old daughter found most of the exercises much easier than I did. Once I’d swallowed my pride, I began to acknowledge where my problems lay, and how they had arisen.
I firmly believe that if all children were to experience Dalcroze as a part of their education, it would benefit them hugely in all areas – communication, perception, coordination, confidence and self-expression.
And the great thing is – it seems it’s never too late!
Sally Beamish - composer