Music is experienced in three dimensions. So often, it is taught in a two dimensional way, transposing from sheet music to instrument. The Dalcroze method uses movement - not just singing, clapping or conducting, but natural movements such as walking, running, skipping, jumping - to interweave notions of time, space and energy. Through these movements, students develop their physical comprehension of musical elements such as rhythm, dynamics, tempo, phrasing, pitch, harmony, form… Through the muscular kinetics of musical tension and release, their understanding of music is deepened, at both a cognitive and emotional level.
The Dalcroze Method has three key strands: Solfege ( the study of scales, harmony, and theory to promote cognitive musical analysis), Rhythmics (skillful execution of gesture and body movement to explore music’s relationship with space), and Improvisation (realization, adaptation and creation of musical thought). Through these interactive paths, the Dalcroze Method delivers integrated training for the mind that perceives the music, the ear that hears it, and the body that performs it and expresses it spontaneously.
A love for music that lasts for a life-time
The building blocks for self-expression through music
The capacity to listen and work with others in a common creative purpose.
All in all it is a holistic approach, which integrates mind, heart and body - harmonizes temperament
1) Our faculties: listening skills, concentration, sensibility, spontaneity, memory, social interaction, precise execution, coordination, imagination, creativity… leading to enhanced psychological and physical body-centered harmony.
2) A love for music through sheer enjoyment, appreciating the artistic sentiment as well as intensifying our own personal experience.
3) The ability to learn from othersʼ ideas. Share our own ideas. T he ability to work in a group.
4) Discovering our body’s natural movement, expressiveness, imagination and creativity.