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Diller-Quaile School of Music, Inc. (The) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Dalcroze Core Subjects: Eurhythmics, Solfege, Improvisation - Level: Intermediate/Advanced (506A)

Location: 
The Diller-Quaile School of Music, 24 East 95th Street, New York, NY 10128.
Length: 
45 hours (15 weeks).
Dates: 
September 2000 - December 2006.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 
Eurhythmics: Conceptualize and physically express, with mastery, the basic Dalcroze subjects studied in 505A and 505B: beat, meter, phrase, pattern, subdivision, complementary rhythm, and measure shape; understand and demonstrate physical mastery of more complex instances of these subjects as well as more advanced material with special emphasis on 6/8-3/4 transformations, metric modulation, hemiola, functions of complementary rhythm, twice-as-fast/twice-as-slow, and varieties of measure shape. Solfege: Sing the Dalcroze Do-to-do scales and scale segments: dichord, trichords, tetrachords, pentachords, and chromatic scales with understanding and facility; sing, identify, and notate major and minor scales and modes; demonstrate pitch sensitivity, intonation skills, and expressive singing; demonstrate fluency and skill in vocal in vocal improvisations and compositions; Improvisation: Explore the Solfege subjects studied; play for movement, particularly for the eurhythmics subjects studied; design and execute improvisation plans for solo and duet playing; improvise on the spot with musical coherence; create compositions focusing on a specific task/concept.
Instruction: 
A Dalcroze education is a musical training comprising the basic elements of music: rhythm, dynamics, tone and form. The training has three components: Eurhythmics, which trains the body in rhythm and dynamics; Solfege, which trains the ear, eye, and voice in pitch, melody, and harmony; Improvisation, which puts it all together according to the student's own invention in movement, with voice, and at an instrument. Eurhythmics: Rests, syncopation, polyrhythm, unequal beats and measures; coordination of arm beats and stepped patterns; 2 vs. 3, 3 vs. 2; 6/8-3/4 and 6/8-2/4; twice as fast, twice as slow; complementary rhythm, and a more advanced exploration of the basic materials introduced in the first year. Solfege: Compound and inverted intervals; scales: the circle of 5ths, half (7 scales-D flat-G or E flat-A or B flat-E, etc.); Do-to-do scales: 7 Major scales and their relative minors; an introduction to chromatic do-to-do scales (2 relative M/m pairs); modes: Dorian, Mixolydian: relation of modes to do-to-do scales; pentachords: in major, harmonic, and minor; harmony: diatonic circle of 5ths; counterpoint: more complex forms; rhythmic connections with Eurhythmics topics covered in the second year and more advanced exploration of the work of the first year. Improvisation: More advanced work, building on previous training done in the Beginning-Intermediate Level. Particular attention to playing for movement and imagery, and singing the activities of the eurhythmics class. Course participants are accomplished musicians, teachers, and movement specialists who want to develop their musical skills and abilities in the Dalcroze approach. Readings are assigned to provide insight into the Dalcroze approach. Course participants compile a portfolio of compositions of scale patterns, canons, and rhythmecized scales and use rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic understanding to improvise musical pieces.
Credit recommendation: 
In the graduate degree category, 3 semester hours in Music, Music Education, or Dalcroze Studies (3/01) (9/06 revalidation).

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