MusiKinesis Blog

“Cult of Dalcroze” – Snarky 1913 Article

If you think people today don't understand what Jaques-Dalcroze's work was about, take a look at this article from 1913! Journalist Rothay Reynolds visited Hellerau to see what Jaques-Dalcroze's new method was all about. His report, Higher Culture Gone Mad in Cult of Dalcroze, suggests he was confounded by the encounter. Published in the Courier-Journal of Louisville Kentucky, [...]

By | 2018-03-19T11:13:30+00:00 March 18, 2018|Arts History, Dalcroze, Musings|0 Comments

MusiKinesis® Summer Certification Course

MusiKinesis®: Teaching Music/Dance Connections University of Maryland – Baltimore County • July 23-27, 2018 An interdisciplinary summer MusiKinesis® course for teachers of music and dance Discover a vibrant way to enrich your skills, knowledge and teaching abilities. Using techniques of Dalcroze Eurhythmics, a system of study developed in Switzerland in the early 1900s, MusiKinesis® incorporates rhythmic movement exercises designed [...]

By | 2018-05-09T14:49:49+00:00 February 27, 2018|Adults, Classes, Dance, Music, Summer Classes|0 Comments

Jason Miller – New Summer Dalcroze Faculty at Eastman

Meet Jason Miller!  Last weekend, Jason passed rigorous Dalcroze License exams at the Institute for Jaques-Dalcroze Education in Pennsylvania - with flying colors! Newly Licensed, Jason Miller is hardly new to music teaching. He has taught music in public schools for 15 years, and his success with the Dalcroze approach led to another assignment: developing [...]

By | 2018-01-20T15:09:05+00:00 January 20, 2018|Adults, Classes, Music, Summer Classes|0 Comments

The Turkey Trot Dance

I've posted a new "Idea to Try" inspired by Leonard Bernstein's Turkey Trot from Divertimento for Orchestra. Along the way, I got sidetracked researching the history of the ragtime dance (circa 1912) from news sources of the time. Take a look and discover: Three incidents of women getting in trouble for indulging in the dance [...]

By | 2017-11-29T13:59:15+00:00 November 29, 2017|Audio, Dance, Music, Musings|0 Comments

American Modern Dance, Music Visualizations and Plastique animée

Emile Jaques-Dalcroze I was invited to write this article for Le Rythme, an annual international journal of FIER. This year's theme was L'interprétation corporelle - the idea of reflecting music in movement. Once a guiding force in modern dance, 'music visualization' might have lost its purpose 75 years ago or might remain vital today, depending on who [...]

By | 2018-06-18T14:38:57+00:00 November 21, 2017|Dance, Music, Musings|0 Comments

Classes and Workshops – 2017-2018

Here's what's coming up!* Ready to dip your toe in with a free workshop? Want classes to enrich your teaching of music and/or dance? Open to an immersive experience that offers academic credit, CPD units, certification in Dalcroze or MusiKinesis®? October 14 (Saturday), 9:30-12:30  –  MusiKinesis® Session for the Kentucky American Eurhythmics Society, Lexington October [...]

By | 2018-06-18T14:22:31+00:00 August 16, 2017|Adults, Classes, Dance, Music, Special Sessions, Summer Classes|0 Comments

Summer Class Evaluations: The reviews are in!

Remarks from the Summer 2017 class evaluations...  Comments from students about the 1-week MusiKinesis class: "Wonderful."  "This course will have a huge positive impact on my teaching. I have a better understanding of the teaching process and have a large amount of new activities to enrich my instruction." "It has given me many practical ideas [...]

By | 2017-08-04T16:38:50+00:00 August 4, 2017|Adults, Classes, Dance, Music, Summer Classes|0 Comments

23 Historic Modern Dance Musicians

23 Historic Modern Dance Musicians One of the sessions I presented at this week's International Conference of Dalcroze Studies (ICDS3) was on Piano Music for Modern Dance. I began researching these musicians because I wanted to know what music early modern dancers heard in their daily studies. After all, modern dance and modern music once worked [...]

By | 2018-06-18T14:10:46+00:00 August 4, 2017|Dance, Music|0 Comments