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EMILE JAQUES DALCROZE b. VIENNA 1865, d. GENEVA 1950 Pupil of Fauré, Délibes and Bruckner; Composer, conductor, improviser, teacher of solfège who developed a method of teaching music building on the spontaneous physical response to music and training this. His method was called Eurhythmics in the UK.

The brothers Dohrn, two German industrialists, built a studio theatre for him in Hellerau near Dresden where he was able to develop his ideas and large numbers of people came there to observe or to study with him. These included Ernest Bloch, Serge Diaghilev, Marie Rambert, Vaclav Nijinsky and George Bernard Shaw.

His work had a wide influence in the worlds of dance, music, therapy and teaching and changed the development of theatre arts and music education in the 20th century.

With the outbreak of the First World War he had to leave Hellerau and returned to work in Geneva. During his time as a professor of Solfege he became aware that the traditional methods of teaching music addressed the intellect at the expense of the senses and failed to give students a proper experience of the elements of music. In addition, instrumental teaching focussed on finger technique at the expense of musical and personal expression. He sought to train the natural response addressing the whole person situated in time and space and in relation to others, through all the senses. He realised that the most potent force in music was rhythm and devised exercises for developing the global sense of rhythm. His aim was to "create a communications network in the body which is quick, effective and light" and his method was described as being "pour et par la musique" - designed to develop musicianship through the use of movement at the same time as using music to develop self-mastery and ensemble skills in the person through a disciplined freedom. Dalcroze's work is now coming into its own and there is an increasing demand for it today.

Dalcroze Eurhythmics consists of THREE main branches:

RHYTHMICS A movement class in which all the elements of music are studied in and through movement. It is both an aural training in movement and a creative discipline which develops interpretation and ensemble skills.

SOLFA/SOLFEGE The pitch training element of Eurhythmics which includes harmony

IMPROVISATION Vocal, movement and instrumental improvisation class which covers various styles, group improvisation and improvisation for movement.

In addition there are attendant disiplines: harmony, composition, pedagogy, Plastique Animée, movement technique and expression, and the study of the Dalcroze Subjects (the Fundamental Elements of Experience and Expression (Ruth Stewart) runs through all the aspects of the training.

THE DALCROZE SOCIETY UK : the oldest Dalcroze Society in the world it is the accrediting body for professional Dalcroze training in the UK and also in Italy at the Conservatorio di Latina, Rome and Vercello. It runs an annual and intensive weekend courses throughout the year. There are discounts for Members.

More information concerning the Society can be found at the website and from the contact numbers below.
Website: www.Dalcroze.org.uk
Administrator: email: admin@dalcroze.org.uk; Tel/Fax: +44 (0) 20 8870 1986
Address: The Administrator, 100 Elborough Street, London SW18 5DL

In addition to information and training courses run by the Society itself there are a number of other courses where the Dalcroze work can be studied:
Royal Northern College of Music with Manchester Metropolitan University : PGCE with Specialist Strings.Two year course. Those who wish to study the Dalcroze work alone may attend as associate course participants.
Trinity College of Music : Bmus course.
Trinity College London accredits all Dalcroze Society courses
Royal Welsh College of Music

Dancers' classes take place at: Central School of Ballet; Royal Ballet School In addition to county music services and private classes, children's classes can be found at: Guildhall School of Music; Royal Northern College of Music; Birmingham Conservatoire; The Purcell School etc. for information concerning children's classes and intensive courses for adults contact the administrator, for information concerning the Licence contact Karin Greenhead.


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