Eurhythmics is a method of learning which invites the child to respond to music totally, by singing, playing, listening, and moving.
Children under 6 years old need to strengthen their motor skills in order to develop a sense of what music is, how it sounds, how it moves through the body, and how it is pictured in notation.
Each Eurhythmics class includes singing and playing instruments, increasing movement skills, and learning multicultural musical traditions as well as Western European repertoire. Classes focus on aural skills, movement, spatial awareness, and social experience. Activities are designed to focus children's attention on certain musical events - up and down, fast and slow, short and long, same and different, loud and soft. They come to know beats and measures, note values and phrases, scales and intervals through active participation. They find their singing voices and express feelings and stories through song.
Each May, our Dalcroze Eurhythmics students perform in their own showcase recital. Want a sneak peek? Watch a video from a past event:
Music and Me Age 2 (Parent participation required) Participating in music during the early childhood years will contribute to better development of language, physical skills, social and emotional development, and concentration. Dalcroze Eurhythmics combines all these aspects in a fun and dynamic session of singing, moving, improvising, and active listening. This joyful experience of music can last a lifetime. During the class, parents or caregivers not only play an important part by supporting their children’s activity, but also participate actively with them.
Music Friends Age 3 (Parent participation required) This class is about learning basic musical skills – breathing, silence, attention, and waiting for your turn – through playing, singing, and body movement. Children are exposed to playing rhythmic (various percussion instruments) and melodic instruments (xylophone, glockenspiel, and hand bells) to develop fine and gross motor skills. Active listening games, such as canon, follow, and quick reaction, will be used to stimulate children’s listening skills and expand their musical ear in all activities. Children and parents will participate in playful social activities such as partner games, taking turns around a circle, and call-and-response games.
Sing and Move and Play Ages 4-5 (Parent participation not required) This class focuses on developing a child’s musical ability to follow and interpret graphic symbols that represent sounds and musical concepts. Activities include improvisation and composition. Dalcroze’s unique notation helps children to explore how musical sounds transform into graphic symbols and vice versa, while assisting them in being imaginative in creating sounds. Children’s voices, bodily responses, and instrumental activities will keep them stimulated as they acquire musical knowledge which is beneficial in formal instrumental and ensemble training.
Hi-Five Piano Ages 5-6 (Parent participation not required) In this introductory piano class, children will learn basic musical subjects (pitches, durations, dynamics, etc.), forms, music notes, keyboard geography, fingering, and notation through eurhythmics exercise and apply what they’ve learned to the xylophone and the piano. Children will learn not only how to play but also how to make their own music through improvisation activities. Active listening games, such as canon, follow, and quick reaction, will be used to stimulate children’s listening skills and expand their musical ear in all activities. Hi-Five is intended to be taken in two consecutive semesters (for example, fall and spring, or spring and summer) to get the full benefits of the program, with the goal of learning the key skills to continue on to private piano lessons.
Singing for Kids 1 Ages 5-8 (Parent participation not required) Nurture your child’s love of singing with a program that gives the youngest singers the tools to further their interest while building a foundation for future participation in our chorus programs and voice lessons. Borrowing elements from the traditional Dalcroze Eurhythmics method, this singing class focuses on developing the basic elements of music: melody, harmony, rhythm and ear training, all important in developing the young singer. Students will learn how to work together as an ensemble and to express their creativity through song, movement, and the fundamental language of music. There will be performances given during the year.
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