Dalcroze for Adults

Course Instructor: Michael Joviala

Credits: 1-2 (Continuing Education & Graduate Credit Available)

Introduction to Dalcroze Eurhythmics -- 1 Credit

Prerequisite: None

Course Description: In Dalcroze Education, Eurhythmics (creative, purposeful movement), Solfège and Improvisation are pathways to develop expressive musicianship and mastery of music theory. Activities, games and exercises will immerse participants in the basic strategies and techniques of Dalcroze Education and the guiding principles of the 100-year-old approach begun by Swiss musician and pedagogue Emile Jaques-Dalcroze. Special consideration will be given to applying these experiences to the specific situations and needs of the K-12 general music teacher and band/orchestra/choir directors.

Class Dates & Times: 7/2, 7/3, 7/5, 7/6 @ 1PM-4:45PM

Location: Meier Hall, Black Hills State University (Spearfish, SD)

Dalcroze Practicum and Observation -- 1 Credit

Prerequisite: Enrollment in Introduction to Dalcroze Eurhythmics course is REQUIRED

Course Description: Observe instructor Michael Joviala introduce middle school and high school/college level students to a variety of Dalcroze principles, games and activities. Course assignments will include designing sample lessons plans as well as a presentation incorporating learned and observed material.

Class Dates & Times:  7/2, 7/3, 7/4 (optional), 7/5, 7/6 @ 10AM-12PM PLUS on 7/7 @ 9AM-Noon for presentations.

Location: Meier Hall, Black Hills State University (Spearfish, SD)


1 Graduate Credit: $125 (includes all fees for registration, instructor, materials & university fee)

1 Continuing Ed Credit: $75 (includes all fees for registration, instructor & materials)

2 Graduate Credits: $225 ($25 discount)

2 Continuing Ed Credits: $125 ($25 discount)

1 Graduate Credit + 1 Continuing Ed Credit: $175 ($25 discount) -- either course can be taken for Continuing Ed or Graduate Credit

Observation Only/No Credit: $50


*On Campus Accommodations available through the University. Please email us with your specific needs and questions and we would be happy to assist you.*


On-Campus Accomodations through BHSU Bordeaux Residence Hall is available to participants at discounted rates.

Single Occupancy Room: $38/night + tax

Double Occupancy Room: $20.25/night + tax

The Bordeaux Hall is the newest residence hall on campus. A nearly 50,000-square-foot residence hall, fully air-conditioned, it includes a two-story great room, residential kitchen for student use, fireplace, a snack area and multi-media study rooms.

Each Person will have:

3 drawer dresser
Sink (shared)
Twin Bed (extra long)
Wooden Chair
Wardrobe with Overhead Storage

*Please complete the online Dalcroze for Adults registration below to select housing options*

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Outcomes & Objectives

Through activities and games centered around the basic elements of music (rhythm, pitch and harmony), students will gain first-hand experience in the following techniques commonly employed by Dalcroze teachers:

·       Association and Dissociation
·       Quick reaction (verbal, aural/musical, tactile and visual)
·       Canon
·       Follow
·       Systemizations and sequences
·       Inhibition and incitation/excitation
·       Plastique animée
·       Relationships of Time, Space and Energy
·       Improvisation
·       Social Interaction

Core Principles of Dalcroze

Students will be introduced to the following core principles of Dalcroze Education, and be able to identify them in select activities and experiences:

·       Music as motivator, stimulator and regulator
·       Movement as means for learning (the body as instrument)
·       Active listening
·       Discovery-based learning
·       Experience before analysis
·       Use of imagination, improvisation and invention
·       Spirit of play
·       Social interaction

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Introduction to Dalcroze Eurhythmics Sample Course Schedule (subject to change)

7/2 Monday

Musical subjects: beat and meter; tempo; phrase
Dalcroze techniques: Association and dissociation; Quick reaction
Dalcroze principles: Movement as a means of learning

7/3 Tuesday

Musical subjects: duration and pattern; dynamics
Dalcroze techniques: Follow, Canon
Dalcroze principles: Active listening

7/4 Wednesday*

*NO Introduction to Dalcroze Eurhythmics CLASS on JULY 4th
Optional observation for dual credit participants only 10AM - 12PM 

7/5 Thursday

Musical subjects: harmony
Dalcroze techniques: Plastique animée
Dalcroze principles: Relationships of time, space and energy; Social interaction

7/6 Friday

Musical subjects: complementary rhythm
Dalcroze techniques: improvisation; Inhibition and incitation/excitation
Dalcroze principles: Discovery-based learning

7/7 Saturday*

*Presentations for Dual Credit participants ONLY