Dalcroze Rhythmic-Solfège I
Dalcroze Eurhythmics is an exciting and joyful form of music education. Dalcroze classes offer a hands-on approach to music theory in which students explore musical concepts such as meter, tempo, phrase, form and dynamics through rhythm games, purposeful movement, songs, ear training, sight-singing and improvisation. The playful atmosphere in classes promotes coordination, balance, movement vocabulary and active listening as well as independent and cooperative learning.
Émile Jaques-Dalcroze was a Swiss pianist and educator and founded his pedagogical concepts in the early twentieth century, which makes Dalcroze Education one of the oldest music education methods in modern history!
Dalcroze Rhythmic-Solfège I is for children ages 6 and older. This class builds on the concepts we have begun to explore in Eurhythmics, and the curriculum deeply prepares students for future or concurrent instrumental study, all through the spirit of play and discovery within the Dalcroze classroom!
All Rhythmic-Solfège students will bring a metallophone (a small portable xylophone) and a workbook to class each week. Parents are expected to stay for the first 15 minutes of class each week to review homework from the previous week. This also provides time for learning how to practice with your child at home and for creating a foundation for a commitment to practicing and learning an instrument. A commitment from both parent and child to practice together at least 10 minutes each day, 5 days each week is expected.
*Prerequisite: 1 year of Dalcroze Eurhythmics or approval from instructor.