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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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Heather Gell Dalcroze Foundation

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Heather Gell Dalcroze Foundation

This important support organization was established by the will of Heather Gell, who wished the proceeds of the sale of her house to benefit future generations of Dalcroze Eurhythmics teachers. The Board of Trustees distributes funds to assist Australians with travel and study both interstate and overseas. The Foundation also provides an honorarium to the Dalcroze Australia Director of Studies and supports publications.

Donations to the Foundation are tax deductible and are used to support the training and work of Australian Dalcroze teachers. To make a donation, or for Australian Dalcroze students wishing to apply for funding, contact Carol-ann Bentley: hgdf@dalcroze.org.au  P.O. Box 489, Turramurra, NSW 2074, Australia T: (02) 9489 4927 or via the contact form on this page.

An annotated selection of Heather Gell’s lessons for young children (edited by Joan Pope) is available for sale from Dalcroze Australia and all profits are returned to the Foundation.

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Heather Gell Dalcroze Foundation Trustees

DR. Jane Southcott

CHAIR

Dr. Jane Southcott is Associate Professor on the Faculty of Education at Monash University. She is president of ANZARME, the Australian and New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education. Her research focus has two main areas: the history of music curricula in Australia, America and Europe, and community music engagement. She oversees the Graduate Certificate in Educational Research, teaches in pre-service programs and supervises many doctoral candidates. Jane had
Dalcroze Eurhythmics lessons for 10 years in her youth.

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CAROL-ANN BENTLEY

ADMINISTRATOR

Carol-ann Bentley has been a secondary school music teacher and voice teacher for many years, and became a Music Co-ordinator 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 Eurhythmics in NSW for many years and is currently Secretary/Treasurer for Dalcroze Australia.

 

 

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REV. GEOFFREY USHER

TREASURER

Rev. 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.

 

Susanne James

Susanne James commenced her professional career in music education as a state secondary music teacher. She has been Education Manager for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Director of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Open Academy. Currently, Susanne is Director, New England Conservatorium of Music. Susanne’s interest in the Dalcroze Approach commenced in the late 1970s when she was fortunate to meet, and attend classes with, Heather Gell in Cremorne.

 

 

 

Dr Daniel Rojas

Dr Daniel Rojas, composer and pianist, is Associate Lecturer in Music Teaching and Research at The Sydney Conservatorium of Music. His research focuses on the indigenous, folk and popular music of Latin America, and his compositions have won many awards. Daniel has performed his compositions and other works in solo piano concerts, as well as with classical and ethnic music ensembles in Australia and overseas.

KENT LOGIE

Kent Logie retired from Curtin University in Perth after 26 years as a Lecturer in Music Education. Previously Kent was a Primary Principal and Music Specialist. He has served the Australian Society for Music Education as Chairperson and was Convenor of the 1993 and 2007 ASME Conferences in Perth. He continues his life-long involvement as a choral director.