The Dalcroze Approach to Music Education

  title={The Dalcroze Approach to Music Education},
  author={William Todd Anderson},
  journal={General Music Today},
  pages={27 - 33}
  • W. Anderson
  • Published 1 October 2012
  • Education
  • General Music Today
The methods of the Dalcroze approach to music education—eurhythmics, solfège, and improvisation—have had a profound influence on modern music education. In particular, the overt training in kinesthetic abilities, and the assertion that the relationship between music and movement is an intimate one, is at the heart of Dalcroze’s approach to instruction. The empirical research on kinesthesia in education and on the Dalcroze approach to music education is only starting to explore the many facets… 

Figures from this paper

Inclusive music education: The potential of the Dalcroze approach for students with special educational needs

In this article, we discuss the potential of Dalcroze-inspired music education for students with special educational needs (SEN), based on preliminary findings of an on-going PhD study (ethnographic

A conceptual discussion of embodiment in special music education : Dalcroze Eurhythmics as a case

Students with Special Educational Needs (SEN) have difficulties in learning, perception and communication that often pose challenges for participation in traditionally organised music lessons with

Konstantin Stanislavski and Emile Jaques-Dalcroze: historical and pedagogical connections between actor training and music education

ABSTRACT This paper explores the fields of actor training and music education in order to illuminate the historical and pedagogical connections between the work of Konstantin Stanislavski and Emile

Improvisation in Elementary General Music: A Review of the Literature

Improvisation is an area of interest to both music education researchers and music educators alike. The purpose of this literature review was to examine extant studies related to improvisation at the

Mapping visions of improvisation pedagogy in music education research

This systematic literature review aims to identify and critically examine the prevailing general trends of music education research that addresses issues of improvisation from 1985 to 2015. The study

Movement, Gesture, and Singing: A Review of Literature

The purpose of this review of literature was to explore intersections between movement and gesture, and to examine their effects on singing. Music educators have long championed the integration of

The Effects of an Integrated Programme on Developing Fundamental Movement Skills and Rhythmic Abilities in Early Childhood

Different teaching approaches can be employed to facilitate the development of fundamental movement skills (FMS) and rhythmic abilities (RA) in early childhood. This study examined the influence of

Supportive Development of Phonological Awareness Through Musical Activities According to Edgar Willems

It is important that before entering primary school, the child’s phonological awareness is supported by a variety of different activities whereby phonological awareness is based on a well-developed

Facilitating Literacy Acquisition in At-Risk Second-Grade Students Using A Rhythmic Intervention: A Case Study

The purpose of this intrinsic, holistic case study was to describe and analyze the impact of a rhythmic intervention designed to support literacy skills in second-grade students at-risk of failure of

Older Adults and Flow through Music and Movement

The increment of the worldwide population of older adults encourages governments and private institutions to find non-pharmacological and ecological interventions with positive effects for this



Dalcroze Today: An Education through and into Music

Part 1 Introduction: historical overview aims and thesis of the present work. Part 2 Initiations: time-space-energy initial exercises the Dalcrozian instructor pupils in rhythmics the period of

Teaching Music in the Twenty-First Century

This book discusses method in North American Music Teaching via the Principles of Jacques-Dalcroze, Kodaly, Orff, and Comprehensive Musicianship, and achieving Goals and Objectives in School Music Programs via the principles of Jacques and Kodaly.

The Effect of Dalcroze Eurhythmics on the Melodic Musical Growth of First Grade Students.

The primary purpose of the study was to determine the effect of Dalcroze Eurhythmies on the melodic musical growth of first grade stu­ dents. The secondary purposes of the study were to determine the

The quantifying analysis of effectiveness of music learning through the Dalcroze musical method

Movement activities can be used to integrate with any other curriculum in childhood education. The movements can inspire the sense of rhythmic concepts for children. This study aims at investigating

Embodiment in musical knowing: how body movement facilitates learning within Dalcroze Eurhythmics

This paper examines how body movement within the frames of Dalcroze Eurhythmics can facilitate musical knowing. Merleau-Ponty's philosophical ideas seem to correspond with the specific empirical

Kinaesthesia and Instrumental Music Instruction: Some Implications

This paper reflects on some aspects of research on kinaesthesia and how it relates to music education as a whole and instrumental music teaching in particular. It explores the problems of terminology

Digging Dalcroze, or, Dissolving the Mind‐Body Dualism: Philosophical and practical remarks on the musical body in action

David J. Elliott ( Music Matters. A New Philosophy of Music Education , Oxford University Press, 1995) has recently posed the view that musical understanding is to be equated with musicianship. This

The Musical Mind: The Cognitive Psychology of Music

In this comprehensive survey of the experimental literature on the cognitive psychology of music, Professor Sloboda, a psychologist and practicing musician, and "understanding" music and shows how


OR over twenty years I have been professor of harmony at the Conservatoire of Geneva. During this period, I have had many opportunities of recognising how defective were the majority of my pupils,

A leg to stand on.

  • K. O'Connor
  • Psychology, Medicine
    Australian family physician
  • 2011
In my practice, many patients who are distressed by psychological symptoms that don't meet the DSM-IV criteria for a specific diagnosis are seen, and the real challenge is to find ways to help the patient find meaning and a way through the mess.