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Who and Where? The Dalcroze Society of America (DSA) has an Executive Board with five officers, as well as an Advisory Board and several committees. There are seven regional chapters around the United States. This not-for-profit organization was incorporated in Pittsburgh, PA in 1974. It currently has about two hundred members. The mission of the Dalcroze Society of America is to promote the artistic and pedagogical principles of Émile Jaques-Dalcroze (1865-1950) through educational workshops, publications, financial and consultative assistance, and the support of local chapters. In the Beginning... Émile Jaques-Dalcroze began questioning conventional teaching methods when, at the age of 21, he spent a season in Algeria conducting an orchestra of native musicians. In 1892, while a professor of solfege at the Geneva Conservatory, he observed that his students could display technical proficiency and imitate their teachers’ interpretations of written compositions, but had difficulty initiating musical impulses, playing expressively, and even keeping a steady beat. In response, Jaques-Dalcroze systematized the kinesthetic study of music through rhythmic movement and improvisation, building on his earlier encounters with the expressive cultures of non-Western peoples. In the years between 1903 and 1910 he attracted some attention by giving demonstrations of his “Rhythmic Gymnastics” throughout Europe and Russia. In 1911, Jaques-Dalcroze founded a school in Hellerau, where he refined his pedagogical methods and mounted innovative theatrical productions informed by the aesthetic principles he had developed. It was the latter “festivals,” especially, that had the most profound affect on his reputation, drawing audiences that included many of the leading thinkers of the day, including Rudolf von Laban, Darius Milhaud, Serge Rachmaninoff, Rainer Maria Rilke, and many others. By the time he left Germany in 1914, his work had created an international sensation. The following year, he founded the Institute Jaques-Dalcroze in Geneva, where he continued to develop fresh applications of his approach until his death in 1950. The school continues to train new instructors who have, in turn, established training schools around the world. imagine 5(1), 2014

Purpose and Goals The DSA welcomes musicians, actors, therapists, and artist-educators to the small, yet thriving, community of practice in the United States that sustains the artistic and pedagogical methods of Émile Jaques-Dalcroze. Profile of Clients Certified Dalcroze teachers work in conservatories, universities, public and private schools, early childhood programs, and private studios. The Dalcroze approach is studied by performers, teachers, dancers, actors, young children, and senior citizens. There are three credentials offered in Dalcroze Education: the Certificate, the License, and the Diplôme Supérieur (a doctoral equivalent). Training centers are located in Denver, CO; Cambridge, MA; New York, NY; Scarsdale, NY; Bethlehem, PA; Pittsburgh, PA, and Seattle, WA. Each sets its own standards for teacher certification, administers its own examinations, and has its own fee structures. Services and Products The DSA promotes the Dalcroze approach through educational workshops and conferences, publication of the American Dalcroze Journal, financial and consultative assistance for local chapter activities and through scholarships for Dalcroze training, and the support of local chapters throughout the United States. The DSA represents American Dalcroze practitioners and provides members with ways to participate at the local, regional, and national level through committees and task forces that are actively involved in promoting Dalcroze education. Key Concepts of the Program The three components of the Dalcroze approach, often called Eurythmics, are solfège rhythmique (ear training), improvisation, and eurhythmics. Dalcroze solfège uses the fixed-do approach and is always combined with 104

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imagine 2014  

The focus of imagine 2014 is on family-centered practice – a trend taking hold in music therapy circles worldwide. While many practitioners...

imagine 2014  

The focus of imagine 2014 is on family-centered practice – a trend taking hold in music therapy circles worldwide. While many practitioners...