If you hope your child might one day want to play an instrument, or if you’d love to give her a good grasp of and appreciation for music, Dalcroze Eurhythmics classes are a good way to draw out the rhythm already inside of her.
Started in 1886 and still backed by scientific research today, Dalcroze Eurhythmics is a proven method for teaching young kids what music is, how it sounds, how it moves through the body, and how it’s pictured in notation. A fancy way to say “good rhythm,” Eurhythmics involves using your whole body as an instrument, listening to the music that’s playing, and matching the rhythms you hear by walking, clapping, dancing, gestures, and more.
Each class incorporates singing, playing, improvisation, instruments, games, and listening activities, as well as exposure to multicultural and other kinds of music. Students learn to concentrate better, strengthen language skills and motor skills, understand melody and harmony, and gain the confidence to try new things.
Now is a great time to help your son or daughter become more creative, expressive, focused, and passionate about music of all kinds.
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 handbells) to develop fine and gross motor skills. Active listening games 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.
Intro to Musicianship (ages 5-7)
Parent participation NOT required
If your child has graduated from the Sing, Move, and Play class, you’d like them to learn more about music before starting to study an instrument, or your son or daughter started lessons and has a bit of trouble with rhythms, beats, and note values, then this class is the perfect fit!
A good bridge between early childhood, basic music theory, and lessons, the Intro to Musicianship class borrows from the Dalcroze Eurhythmics tradition, teaching elementary music skills through a combination of movement, music notation, and self-expression.
What does this mean? Your kids will learn rhythm by clapping, stomping, and playing on percussion instruments, then learn how those rhythms translate to the page through music notation. They’ll sing and use hand motions to understand melodies. And they’ll even listen to some recorded music to get a better understanding of how all of these things work together.
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