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Exercise from Emile Jaques-Dalcroze

Plastique Exercise from Emile Jaques-Dalcroze Originally posted October, 2006. This is an interesting exercise from Jaques-Dalcroze's "Exercices de Plastique Animee," Vol. I.1 Piano accompaniment for the melody is contained in his previous Marches Rhythmiques,2 and I'm also including that music here (with free PDF download). Let's start with the main exercise from the Plastique volume, [...]

By | 2018-06-18T13:53:59+00:00 March 8, 2015|0 Comments

Jaques-Dalcroze’s Arm Beats

Jaques-Dalcroze's Arm Beats, With Legs (First posted in May, 2005) This one's a real challenge! Jaques-Dalcroze's original method books include two volumes of "Rhythmique," then translated as "Rhythmic Movement." Among other skills and subjects explored, Jaques-Dalcroze's arm beat and stepping patterns are introduced, over eight chapters, as physical experiences in meters of 2, 3, 4, [...]

By | 2018-03-18T17:35:04+00:00 March 2, 2015|0 Comments

A Rhythmic/Spatial Design from Jaques-Dalcroze

(Originally posted November, 2005.) Here's an interesting exercise from Jaques-Dalcroze's Rhythmic Movement, Vol. II (Novello, 1921), with a complex floor pattern. It requires a lot of preparatory work in executing and remembering the rhythms, and carefully measured use of space. I confess I haven't tried this, but I've deciphered it below. The letters in the [...]

By | 2015-08-29T18:16:31+00:00 March 2, 2015|0 Comments

A Crusic Challenge from Jaques-Dalcroze

A Crusic Challenge from Jaques-Dalcroze (Originally posted in March, 2005) I recently found a set of pieces by Jaques-Dalcroze titled Marches Rythmiques, published in 1906. These 80 pieces aren't all "marches," however. I emailed Jack to see whether he was familiar with them, and of course he was (I can't discover anything he doesn't already [...]

By | 2015-08-29T18:19:17+00:00 February 6, 2015|0 Comments

Three Clock Songs

Songs about clocks are a familiar way to teach beat, division and multiple. Here are three clock songs for various age groups. The three durations invite all kinds of possibilities. For example, create three groups of children to enact them, each taking a different role; provide a different instrument for each (such as cymbal, triangle, [...]

By | 2015-08-29T17:32:15+00:00 September 2, 2013|0 Comments

Example from Jaques-Dalcroze’s Thirty Melodic Lessons

(Originally posted August, 2005.) Subtle Unequal Beats Here's an example of a "Melodic Lesson" by Jaques-Dalcroze, from his set of Thirty Melodic Lessons (Trente Lecons Melodiques). This study, the last of Jaques-Dalcroze's Thirty Melodic Lessons, deals with unequal beats -- but in a very subtle fashion. Begin by considering the piece as having two beats [...]

By | 2018-06-18T14:07:45+00:00 February 10, 2013|0 Comments