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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.

Perth Dalcroze Foundation Course 2017 - full year or single-term enrolment now available


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Perth Dalcroze Foundation Course 2017 - full year or single-term enrolment now available

The Dalcroze approach uses movement to provide a complete musicianship training. Its emphasis on expression and creativity is balanced by its ability to develop a deep understanding of musical language and skills. It is a creative, rigorous and holistic approach to the study of music that is applicable to the teaching of young children right through to the development of professional performers.

The Dalcroze approach has broad musical applications. Participants in the Perth Dalcroze Foundation Course may enrol to enrich their teaching practice in classroom, instrumental or ensemble settings, or to deepen their musicality in performance. Expect to move, sing, play and create; expect to discover new ways to develop as a musician; and expect to find efficient, engaging tools through which develop the musicianship of your students!

The course runs on Monday evenings, 7pm-9:30pm.
Term 1: 27 February, 13 March and 27 March
Term 2: 1 May, 15 May and 29 May
Term 3: 24 July, 7 August and 28 August
Term 4: 23 October, 6 November and 20 November

This course provides a first level of training for those interested in gaining an understanding of the Dalcroze approach. The course is highly practical, consisting of classes in rhythmic movement, aural training, improvisation and Dalcroze principles. The course is designed for music educators and performers interested in learning through physical engagement. The ability to sing and play a musical instrument/voice is essential. Basic piano skills are advantageous but not essential.

All classes held at Quintilian School, 46 Quintilian Rd, Mount Claremont WA.

Participants are encouraged to undertake the Foundation examinations and written work, on successful completion of which the Foundation Award of the DEIEB (Dalcroze Eurhythmics International Examination Board) will be granted. The Foundation Award is a rigorous introduction to the Dalcroze work and is a useful way of assessing one's individual skills in a holistic and constructive fashion. Examinations will be scheduled as and when the individual is prepared for them, in consultation with the course teachers, and are paid for separately. For more information, please contact us.

Participants with the Foundation Award who wish to become qualified Dalcroze teachers can proceed with the Intermediate Award and beyond. If you have already passed some Foundation level exams or have prior Dalcroze experience, please contact us to discuss recognition of prior learning.

Participation in the Perth Dalcroze Foundation Course satisfies Standards 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7 of the Teacher Registration Board for Teachers in Western Australia. Participants
will receive a statement of participation showing all completed hours of professional development. Those who take their training to Intermediate level or above will be able to satisfy all seven Professional Standards.

Member: $550
Non-member: $620
Student member: $300
Student non-member: $350
Course fee payment plans may be negotiated upon request. Please contact us.

Member: $160
Non-member: $220
Student member: $80
Student non-member: $120

Access our discounted course fees for members:

The course is taught by Dr Joan Pope OAM (Diplôme Supérieur, Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva) and Kristin Bowtell (Certificate Dalcroze UK, MMus RWCMD) in association with Dalcroze Australia Director of Studies Dr Sandra Nash (Diplôme Supérieur, Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva).

(President, Dalcroze Australia) PhD (Monash); MEd., B Ed., (ECU) BA, Dip Ed (UWA); Diplôme Supérieur (Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva) 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.

MMus (RWCMD), BMusEd (UWA), Cert. Dalcroze (UK) 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, and was Co-Director of the Giovanni Consort. Kris is Director of Music at St Mary the Virgin, South Perth.

Contact Kris: or 0467 980 528

Questions are welcome! Contact Kris Bowtell or Katherine Smith