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 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 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.