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Dalcroze Eurhythmics is a unique approach to Music Education. It is based on the premise that the human body is the source of all musical ideas. This site is the home of Dalcroze Australia - you will find information here about the Dalcroze approach, about ordering books, CDs and other resources, and training happening in your area.

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Dalcroze Australia

Formed in 1971, Dalcroze Australia exists to promote Dalcroze Eurhythmics music education. We offer workshops and professional training across Australia, and Australian Dalcroze teachers also teach in the UK, Canada and Asia.

Dalcroze Australia

Formed in 1971, Dalcroze Australia exists to promote Dalcroze Eurhythmics music education. We offer workshops and professional training across Australia, and Australian Dalcroze teachers also teach in the UK, Canada and Asia.

Dalcroze Australia is recognized by the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze and FIER (Fédération Internationale des Enseignants de Rythmique) as the official Dalcroze training centre in Australia.  Our Director of Studies, Sandra Nash, worked closely with Karin Greenhead (UK) to develop a program specifically for those who train through part-time or intensive courses. We have joined with Louise Mathieu (Canada) and Ava Loiacono (Italy) to form the Dalcroze Eurhythmics International Examinations Board (DEIEB).  Part-time courses based on this syllabus are now run in Australia, the UK, Canada, Italy, Hong Kong and Singapore.  Dalcroze Australia is pleased to offer the program through our Summer Schools, workshops and where possible, individual coaching.

The Dalcroze Australia committee comprises members from across our vast country, representing interests in a range of Dalcroze Eurhythmics Applications. Our Director of Studies is a member of the Collège of the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva.

The Committee

Dr. Doreen Bridges AM


Doreen Bridges (née Jacobs) is a distinguished Australian music educator. Her studies at Adelaide University and then in London gave her a solid training which she expanded into the area of early childhood and new approaches to basic musicianship. Her PhD in the early 1970s was the first in music education from any Australian university. Her research and publication history is prolific and much admired.

As a young child in Adelaide, ‘Dee' had early contact with Dalcroze Eurhythmics through Agnes Sterry and Heather Gell. As an adult student she took lessons in piano improvisation from the latter. Decades later, when Gell opened a Dalcroze training school in Sydney, Doreen taught piano and harmony and provided committee support in establishing a revived Dalcroze Society in Australia. An active member of ISME Commissions, she was awarded Honorary Life Membership of ASME .

Doreen Bridges’ personal links with current members of the Dalcroze Australia committee are fondly acknowledged. Sandra Nash and Peter Roberts attended her lectures at Sydney University at which she introduced them to Heather Gell as a guest lecturer, while for Joan Pope, Dee's piano lessons in 1956 were a revelation.

Dr Joan Pope OAM

IMMEdiate PASt President

PhD (Monash), MEd, BEd (ECU), BA, DipEd (UWA), Diplôme Supérieur (Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva). 

Joan Pope has influenced generations of teachers, artists and performers through her teaching of music and related arts in Western Australian universities. She has given Dalcroze Eurhythmics workshops around Australia, South East Asia and in the UK. Joan has been on many national committees for dance, drama and physical education and in 2001 was honoured with the award of OAM for service to the creative arts, children and the community.  In 2013 she co-authored with Selma Odom the essay marking the Centenary of the London School of Dalcroze Eurhythmics and co-presented the Keynote address at the first International Conference of Dalcroze Studies held in Coventry. Joan recently received the National AUSDANCE Services to Dance Education Award. 

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Katherine Smith


MMus (UWA),  BMus (Hons) (UWA), Cert. Dalcroze (DEIEB). 

Katherine holds a Master of Music in Performance from the School of Music at the University of Western Australia, and has completed the Dalcroze Certificate (DEIEB) and the Australian Kodály Certificate in music education (Primary).  Katherine has worked as a freelance orchestral and chamber music clarinettist, performing with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and other ensembles in Perth. Katherine has taught music for 15 years, both as a clarinet teacher in private studio, primary and high school settings, and more recently as a teacher of early childhood music classes for pre-school aged children (and their parents!)

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Kristin Bowtell


MMus (RWCMD), BMusEd (UWA), Cert. Dalcroze (UK)

Kristin Bowtell is a baritone, conductor and educator based in Perth, Western Australia. He studied at the University of Western Australia, and with Simon Halsey at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Kris holds the Dalcroze Certificate (UK) and the British Kodály Academy Advanced Musicianship Diploma. Kris was an Australia Council ArtStart recipient and was part of the Symphony Services International Conductor Development Program.

Recent engagements include Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos (OperaBox), The Loudspeaker in The Emperor of Atlantis and Male Chorus in Medée (Lost and Found Opera), and Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream (WA Academy of Performing Arts). Concert repertoire includes Haydn Nelson Mass for the UWA Choral Society, Mozart Coronation Mass, Haydn Missa Sancti Nicolai, Fauré Requiem, Duruflé Requiem, and Schubert Winterreise book 1 with pianist Jonathan Bradley. He has conducted Elgar's The Music Makers and Poulenc's Gloria for WAAPA. Kris was Co-Director of the Giovanni Consort and conducted several programs with that ensemble, including Joby Talbot's epic Path of Miracles. Kris is Director of Music at St Mary the Virgin, South Perth.

Carol-ann Bentley

Treasurer and Public Officer

LMusA, DipSpecMusEd, DipHypn

Carol-ann Bentley has been a secondary school music teacher and voice teacher for many years, and became a Music Coordinator in a Sydney school. She took in-service courses in Dalcroze Eurhythmics and used aspects of the approach in her classroom teaching and voice studio work. Carol-ann has been involved in committee work with Dalcroze in NSW for many years and is currently Secretary/Treasurer for Dalcroze Australia.

Dr Sandra Nash

Director Of Studies, F.I.E.R Delegate and Publications Officer

PhD, BMus, Diplôme Supérieur (Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva)

After teaching in schools and universities in Sydney, Sandra Nash became a freelance Dalcroze Eurhythmics and piano teacher in 1991. At the Sydney Conservatorium of Music she taught Dalcroze Eurhythmics for over a decade in the Tertiary program (Music Education) and in the Open Academy’s Junior Training Program. As Director of Studies for Dalcroze Australia Sandra has been conducting Summer Courses and workshops around Australia since 1994, and continues to teach and examine internationally. 






Nadia Fried

MTeach, BMus (Hons)

Nadia Fried completed a Master of Teaching, First Class Honours degree at the University of Sydney in 2006, specializing in music education, and a Bachelor of Music, Honours degree at the University of Queensland in 1993, where she was also a recipient of the Margaret Nickson Prize for vocal accompaniment. After completing tertiary studies in classical piano, she undertook jazz piano studies, incorporating both genres into her performing career and teaching practice. Nadia has continued her professional development, qualifying for the Dalcroze Eurhythmics level two certificate (now the Intermediate Level) in 2007 and as a Feldenkrais Method practitioner in 2003.

Wendy Gumpl

Cert. Dalcroze, DipT (Primary)

Wendy Gumpl is a music educator in Adelaide. She works with children and staff at long-day-care centres and runs a piano studio for beginners of all ages. Dalcroze Eurhythmics is central to her professional work.

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Rev. Geoffrey Usher


Geoffrey Usher, as nephew of Lesley Cox, had many years of exposure to Dalcroze Eurhythmics. This helped provide the foundation for his training to become a performer on stage. He has been a high school English and drama teacher, teacher of business communication at a TAFE college and worked as a professional actor. As a minister of the Unitarian Church, Geoffrey has served in Sydney and England.

For a large part of his adult life he was on the committee for the Dalcroze Society of South Australia and later was Treasurer for the Dalcroze Society of NSW. After 19 years in England, he has returned, and is happy to renew his involvement with Dalcroze in an administrative capacity.


Madeline Hagon

BMus (GU), MMusSt (GU), AMusA (Hons) (AMEB), Cert. Dalcroze (RNCM, UK), PGCE (USQ)  

Madeline taught in early years settings and schools in the UK using both Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Kodály music pedagogies. Returning to Australia in 2011, Madeline became the Queensland representative for Dalcroze Australia and runs workshops for a range of organisations across the state and country. Her main position is in the Early Years division of Queensland’s Department of Education and Training. Madeline also lectures in early childhood education and music string pedagogy at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University.

Peter Roberts

MMus (NSW), MA, MusB (Dublin), MTheolStud (ACU), MEdStud, GradDipEd [Religious Studies] (SA), BA, DipMLT (Sydney), BA (Wollongong), BBus (Swinburne), GradDipEd [Teacher-Librarianship], GradCert TESOL (Charles Sturt), AdvCert (RWCMD), Dip School Admin (Armidale CAE), LTCL, ASDA, Gold Medal – Speech (LAMDA), AALIA, MIMT  

A retired teacher with degrees in music, drama, education, philosophy, theology and business, Peter was the first president of the national organization Dalcroze Australia, having previously been president of the Dalcroze Society of New South Wales. He has been active in the administration of many non-professional arts organisations over the last five decades and sees the teachings of Emile Jaques-Dalcroze as not only fundamental for music educators in the early stages of learning but also in the development of the maturing artist.

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Naomi Vear

BA MusHons (ANU), MMus (ANU), DipMusEd (Kodály Institute, Kecskemét)

Based in Canberra, Naomi enjoys helping people find new possibilities for creative expression through music. She frequently draws on Dalcroze principles and strategies in working with her piano students.  Naomi’s approach is also informed by studies in Kodály and aural pedagogy. She is currently undertaking professional training in the Feldenkrais Method, which is adding a further dimension in understanding the learning process and how to find freedom and authenticity in music-making. A committee member since 2010, Naomi has contributed primarily through website maintenance.


Heather Lander

BMus (Perf) (Sydney Con.), Cert IV Training and Assessment 

Heather teaches cello and chamber music in Adelaide, South Australia. She teaches in her own private studio, Land of Cello and in various private schools in Adelaide. Heather has coached the Adelaide Youth Orchestra Cellists, and other chamber music groups. Heather also teaches Cello at the Open Music Academy, Elder Conservatorium, University of Adelaide.

Heather is currently on the teacher training track for Dalcroze Australia. She is currently undertaking a Post Graduate Certificate in String Teaching.


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Isabella Ambrose


BMus (Hons) (QCGU), Grad Dip Learning & Teaching (USQ)

A graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium, Isabella is a cello player and teacher, interested in chamber music and early childhood education. She explores a diverse approach to cello lessons inspired by her Intermediate-level studies in the Dalcroze Approach. Isabella is proud of her home studio comprising cellists of all ages, including students undertaking exams, playing for leisure, and preparing for auditions. She is also a registered teacher working with the Department of Education in Queensland for Instrumental Music.

Shannon McIntosh

BMus (Hons) (QCGU)

Shannon is a violin teacher based in Melbourne, Victoria. Having grown up in Townsville, Shannon moved to Brisbane to undertake tertiary study where she was exposed to the Dalcroze approach. For her dissertation, Shannon analysed potential applications of the approach to chamber music teaching and has since completed her foundation level Dalcroze exams. Shannon is currently completing a Masters of Performance Teaching at the University of Melbourne and teaches music privately and in schools.