Old Myths Die Hard It’s human nature to look skeptically at information that contradicts something we believe. Once we become anchored to untruths, reality is an annoying intrusion. Psychology has terms for the ways we receive new knowledge. Confirmation bias: seeking only information that conforms to the belief, dismissing new information; Assimilation: reshaping new information [...]
I do not like April fools, or any other sort of fools. (I do not suffer them gladly.) I don’t like practical jokes when they’re mean-spirited, and so often they are. For example, there's the family that gathered the kids for an Easter egg hunt, with no eggs. (Something like this happened to my daughter [...]
There's still time to apply to the Dalcroze Society of America for a scholarship! Thinking of attending the Eastman School of Music's Level One Certification course? Now you have another reason. Each year, to honor the memories of beloved American Dalcroze educators, the Dalcroze Society of America awards a limited number of Memorial Scholarships to [...]
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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, [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]