Information about the various applications of Dalcroze Eurhythmics.
From its very beginning, Dalcroze Eurhythmics has had a broad range of applications. The work of Jaques-Dalcroze developed and gained widespread acclaim in the period immediately prior to World War I, during which time artists in theatre, dance, and visual art forms began to attend his classes. The demonstration lessons he gave in Germany attracted professionals in fields such as physiology and psychology. In this period, Jaques-Dalcroze's followers and supporters included Stanislavski, pioneer of modern theatre; George Bernard Shaw, British writer and critic; Marie Rambert, choreographer and founder of Ballet Rambert; and Adolphe Appia, visionary stage designer. Clearly, Dalcroze Eurhythmics had made a major impact in fields beyond music education.
In 2018, well over one hundred years since Jaques-Dalcroze first demonstrated his method in Europe, Dalcroze Eurhythmics continues to be a relevant and effective way to teach music to all ages. Then as now, Dalcroze Eurhythmics attracts high-calibre performers due to its emphasis on the expressive qualities of music and earns credit as a mechanism for cross-fertilisation between art forms. Dalcroze Eurhythmics also plays a role in therapy settings and work with seniors and special needs children.
Dalcroze for music education
Recent and ongoing research is proving scientifically the value of a movement approach to music education. Around the world, the approach is applied across the spectrum of music education, spanning early childhood settings, classroom teaching, vocal and instrumental instruction, university training, and professional development for performing musicians.
DALCROZE FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD
The early childhood years are an optimal time for children to learn musical expression, structure and rhythm through music and movement.
Creativity, musicality and interactive activities are used to explore the language of music and learn musical concepts.
The Dalcroze application for early years learning focuses on the different needs and abilities of children within the age ranges of:
Babies (0-3 years)
Young children (3-5 years)
Children (5-8 years)
Dalcroze for professional performers
Dalcroze Eurhythmics offers a complete approach to musicianship training, making it a powerful tool for the development of the professional performer.
Dalcroze for music therapy, special needs and the elderly
Dalcroze Eurhythmics has been successfully applied to work with special needs children and seniors.
Dalcroze for related arts
From its earliest days Dalcroze Eurhythmics has influenced artists from a range of disciplines. Dancers, actors and anyone involved in creative expression can benefit from the approach.