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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

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

Dalcroze Core Subjects: Eurhythmics, Solfege, Improvisation - Level: Beginning/Intermediate (505A)

30 hours (15 weeks).
The Diller-Quaile School of Music, 24 East 95th Street, New York, NY 10128.

September 2000 - December 2017. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: conceptualize and physically express concepts focusing on pulse levels and their relationship to each other, particularly the concepts of twice as fast, twice as slow; understand and physically express tempo, phrase lengths, and dynamics; understand, notate, physically express, and improvise with basic rhythmic patterns of simple and compound time; understand and improvise with different permutations of 16th and 8th notes; understand, notate, physically express, and improvise with rhythmic durations in 6/8; move in a canon to given music; use syllables in the "fixed do" system; particularly in scale patterns using dichords, trichords, and particularly in the keys of C, F, and A flat Major and a, d, and f minor with comfort and facility; use numbers to show scale degrees with comfort and facility; work in a contrapuntal fashion through canons and "sing/plays"; improvise with coherent phrasing using patterns and strategies developed through Eurhythmics and Solfege work.


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: The study of rhythm, tempo, and dynamics, their functions and their structural value in music; alerting and educating the kinesthetic sense: the body is the instrument; basic rhythmic skills and concepts: duration, dynamics, time/space/energy/weight/balance, musical form and structure; basic techniques and practices: follow, quick reaction, canon, improvisation. Solfege: The training of ear, eye, voice, and mind to achieve musical literacy; intervals, scales, harmony, counterpoint, rhythmic connections, basic techniques and practices. Improvisation: The control and shaping of spontaneous musical thought: basic keyboard geography, sound qualities, expressive potential, basic structural elements, and basic components of musical content and development; basic techniques and practices. 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 scale pieces.

Credit recommendation: 

In the graduate degree category, 2 semester hours in Music, Music Education, or Dalcroze Studies (3/01) (9/06 revalidation) (12/11 revalidation) (12/16 Administrative Review). NOTE: Courses 505A and 505B together constitute a full semester course in Music, Music Education, or Dalcroze Studies.