Dalcroze Musicianship

This class is for returning students who have taken Dalcroze classes or for “new to Dalcroze” students who have the ability to read notation and who are currently taking private lesson instruction and/or playing in a music ensemble. It is designed as a hands-on approach to music theory to strengthen the abilities of music students and deepen their understanding of musical concepts such as pulse, meter, rhythm, phrase, and form. 

Musical Goals:

  • Identify notes in the treble and bass clef on the grand staff (Low C through High C)
  • Half and whole steps, sharps, and flats
  • Intervals of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and octave
  • Tonic and dominant notes and chords 
  • Simple and compound meters of 2, 3 and 4
  • Major and minor scale structures (C Major, G Major, F Major, D Major, Bb Major, and A Minor) using letter names and scale degree numbers
  • Expression symbols and dynamic markings 
  • Musical symbols such as slurs, ties, staccatos, accents
  • Speak, step, and conduct rhythms in simple and compound meter

The Dalcroze approach is founded on the artistic and pedagogical ideas of Swiss educator Èmile Jaques-Dalcroze and is internationally recognized as a proven approach to teaching students of all ages, from very young through professional musicians. Read more: https://dalcrozeusa.org/about-dalcroze/what-is-dalcroze/  

This class is a 2-part sequence, with the subsequent class offered in Spring 2022.

Questions? Email instructor, Lauren Hodgson at lhodgson@bw.edu