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Stepping into Music

We have come to the end of our current funding period and at the moment are unable to offer either the accredited year-long course or any other shorter courses/events. If you would like to be added to our email list in order to receive information if and when this situation changes, please email your request to info@steppingintomusic.org.uk.

However, if you are an organisation and would like our Stepping into Music Directors to plan some training specifically for you please do get in touch at either info@steppingintomusic.org.uk or admin.dalcroze@gmail.com

 

 

 

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Stepping into Music

We have come to the end of our current funding period and at the moment are unable to offer either the accredited year-long course or any other shorter courses/events. If you would like to be added to our email list in order to receive information if and when this situation changes, please email your request to info@steppingintomusic.org.uk.

However, if you are an organisation and would like our Stepping into Music Directors to plan some training specifically for you please do get in touch at either info@steppingintomusic.org.uk or admin.dalcroze@gmail.com

 

The Certificate Training Course includes training for Early Years; please refer to the section on the Certificate Course for further details

 

                                  

 

 

 

Putting Music and Movement at the heart of Early Years Education

 

‘I feel completely inspired.  I am excited about learning more of the approaches and techniques of Dalcroze. I feel they could enhance the work of Early Years settings and greatly benefit both children and staff.’

Development Day participant

Stepping into Music (SiM) is a flexible Early Years workshop and accredited training programme, delivered by The Dalcroze Society in partnership with local authorities and arts agencies. It seeks to provide under-fives from all sections of society with access to the proven developmental benefits of integrated music and movement sessions.  By equipping Early Years, music and dance practitioners with the skills to develop their own practice, SiM aims to provide a legacy of embedded activity, responsive to local need, which places music and movement at the heart of the Early Years agenda.

SiM was first delivered in 2004-2005 with funding from Youth Music and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.  It currently receives support from the Arts Council of England’s Grants for the Arts programme. SiM also works with local partners in order to access local funding opportunities.

 

Dalcroze and Under 5s

One little girl demonstrated her increasing enthusiasm by becoming more and more vocal towards the end of sessions – this was commented on by staff, as apparently up until then she had been very quiet.  In fact, they had never really heard her speak before.’

Session Feedback

In Dalcroze Eurhythmics, all musical concepts are taught and experienced through whole body movement. This enhances musicianship and also improves co-ordination, concentration, listening skills and group awareness. This results in increased confidence and the ability to feel music with the whole body, allowing auditory memory, communication, expression and creativity to develop.

The integrated use of music and whole body movement is particularly beneficial in the musical and physical development of young children and also in their personal, social and broader educational development.  Enjoyable, physical and fun, sessions inspire enthusiasm and high levels of concentration amongst participating children.

 

Stepping into Music Accredited Training Programme

‘It’s the best training and experience I’ve ever had in music.  Every musician lacks something if they have never experienced Dalcroze.’

Trainee (with previous musical training)

 

‘I am now able to run effective music sessions within my setting and am able to venture out of my setting with a qualification which shows that I have the necessary skills to run music sessions.’

Trainee (Early Years practitioner with no previous musical training)

A core strand of its innovative work, the SiM Training Programme is a unique and inspiring professional development opportunity open to trainees from a variety of backgrounds, regardless of previous musical experience. Initially led by Dalcroze Society Leaders, music and movement sessions based on Dalcroze Eurhythmics principles take place in Early Years settings.  This provides trainees with a valuable learning experience as they develop the skills to be able to formulate and deliver a scheme of work as part of the accredited course.

 

The training programme consists of:

  • Three off-site weekend courses across a 12-month period
  • Observation of experienced Dalcroze leaders in Early Years settings set up by the trainees e.g. Sure Start or family centres, nurseries or infant schools
  • Sessions led by the trainees with leader support
  • Written assignments and portfolio

 

With all activity based on Dalcroze principles, key areas of study include:

 

  • Exploration of a range of musical concepts
  • Motor and co-ordination skills
  • Expressive movement using the whole body
  • Listening and response skills
  • Creative and imaginative skills
  • Social and personal skills.

 

Trainees are supported throughout the course, with music leaders giving feedback regarding practical and written assessments.

 

The qualification is formally accredited by Canterbury Christ Church University and successful trainees are awarded an Advanced Certificate in Early Years Music and Movement at either Higher Education or Further Education level, (depending on prior qualifications and experience).

 

In-Service Training

We are very keen to develop these ideas further. Key staff have attended INSET sessions and also some of the weekly sessions.  This work is an important extension of what we already do.’

Member of staff in Early Years setting

All key staff from participating Early Years settings attend INSET sessions designed to provide extensive information about SiM and Dalcroze principles, as well as practical ways in which music and movement activities can be incorporated into the day-to-day life of the setting. 

 

Development Days

Development Days are a key strand of SiM programming.  Delivered in strategic locations across the UK, they will provide Early Years practitioners and organisations with their first contact with SiM, and with Dalcroze based music and movement activity.  Development Days are a direct learning and professional development opportunity, as well as a means by which the Early Years sector can find out more about SiM and the benefits which involvement in the wider programme will provide. Each day will consist of:

 

  • A comprehensive introduction to Dalcroze principles in Early Years contexts
  • Practical sessions, accessible to all participants 
  • Observation of SiM sessions (via multimedia or taster activities in local settings)
  • Sharing of ideas, experiences and best practice

 

SiM will use its Development Days to contribute constructively to the wider debate about Early Years music-making, at regional and national levels.  Therefore, attendance and contributions from other local agencies will be sought.

Other learning opportunities

Flexible learning options are available via SiM, including short-term courses or taster sessions.

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We have come to the end of our current funding period and at the moment are unable to offer either the accredited year-long course or any other shorter courses/events. If you would like to be added to our email list in order to receive information if and when this situation changes, please email your request to info@steppingintomusic.org.uk.

However, if you are an organisation and would like our Stepping into Music Directors to plan some training specifically for you please do get in touch at either info@steppingintomusic.org.uk or admin.dalcroze@gmail.com

 

 

 
         
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