The Dalcroze Society
Aims, formation & background
The Dalcroze Society is the oldest in the world. In 1913 the London School of Dalcroze Eurhythmics was founded in London following the introduction by Emile Jaques Dalcroze of his system of Eurhythmics to Britain in 1910, making a huge impact on the music curriculum of the time. Out of this school the Dalcroze Society emerged two years later to provide a supporting organization for the school. By 1926 the Society had become an incorporated body and a voluntary organisation.
Many eminent figures in the musical world have presided over the Dalcroze Society, including Sir Henry Hadow, Sir George Dyson, Sir Keith Falkner and presently Jack Dobbs. Ernest Read was Chairman for many years until his death in 1965, and Reginald Rennoldson, Chief Music Advisor for the ILEA, was a long-standing friend and supporter of the Dalcroze Method.
Today the Society is uniquely responsible for promoting and developing Dalcroze Eurhythmics in the UK. Through its associated Dalcroze Teachers Association, it is the only body that can provide qualified teachers to meet the contemporary needs of musicians, other artists, educationalists and therapists in a wide variety of settings.
The Dalcroze Society has introduced its own syllabus for teachers at Certificate and Licence levels as well as an Examiners course. It also organises a Certificate Training Course and annual International Summer School and Easter Courses.
Qualifications are recognised by the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze in Geneva, which is the official repository of Dalcroze principles. The Dalcroze Society is a member of The International Federation of Eurhythmics Teachers (FIER), which links Dalcroze groups worldwide.