What is it?
In Dalcroze Eurhythmics, virtually every musical concept is taught and experienced through movement of all parts of the body. This is a very effective way to enhance musicianship as well as improving co-ordination, concentration and other skills needed to be a good performer. This in turn increases confidence and the ability to feel music with the whole body, allowing development of auditory memory, communication, expression and creativity.
While the focus is on music, the benefits can be felt by all of the arts where movement plays a role – dance, acting, musical theatre, the circus - as well as enlivening our understanding of the plastic and static arts such as painting and sculpture.
There are three branches of Eurhythmics
Understanding all the elements of the language of music by experiencing them through the body and learning about the basic principles relating to them.
Ear-training (Kodály in the UK):
Developing skills and knowledge about pitch, intervals, scales, harmony and tonality leading to full comprehension of the building blocks of music and an ability to use these for improvisation.
Improvisation (vocal, instrumental and in movement):
Developing the ability to express musical concepts, feelings and form through spontaneous creation; being able to initiate movement through sound.
Together these three aspects lead to an integrated and expressive understanding of the language of music.