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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: Beginner/Intermediate (505B)

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

February 2001 - December 2017. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: conceptualize, physically express, and improvise with different measure shapes (showing crusis, anacrusis, and metacrusis); demonstrate familiarity with the concept of "time/space/energy"; understand, physically express, and improvise with music in 9/8, 5/8, and 7/8; understand, physically express, and improvise with 3/4 to 6/8 conversions, including the use of the hemiola; understand, physically express, and improvise with triplets; identify Do-to-do scales in all 7 major scale configurations, and begin to feel comfortable singing them without harmonic support from the piano; work with Do-to-do scales in minor keys, working with the harmonic minor; work with major and minor pentatonics; extrapolate from one's knowledge in Solfege and Eurhythmics in order to analyze pieces of composed music for melody, harmony, and rhythm; analyze and move to basic meters, and standard patterns within those meters.


Instruction follows the tenets of the first semester with Eurhythmics, Solfege, and Improvisation as the basic means to train the mind, body, and ear. In Eurhythmics, participants deal with increasingly complex aspects of rhythm, tempo, and dynamics, as they work in mixed meter and metric conversions. Participants learn to demonstrate canonic and contrapuntal lines both in group activities and in independent challenges, such as stepping one line and clapping another. They are also asked to reflect musical concepts in their own choreography. In Solfege, participants work with minor scales and modes in addition to the major scale. Class exercises require them to listen with sensitivity and sing with good intonation as they manipulate the building blocks of melody, tonality and basic harmony. They also gain experience in writing exercises and pieces that reflect their understanding. Improvisation at the keyboard allows participants to work with the concepts addressed in both Eurhythmics and Solfege. They improvise both in partners and as soloists, gaining skills in listening as well as playing, and finding solutions to the challenges posed by the instructor. Further readings are assigned to provide insight into the Dalcroze approach, and students write short papers on topics that relate what they have learned in class to their own teaching and studying. Participants continue to compile portfolios of their written assignments as well as audio tapes of their improvisation and Solfege homework. Prerequisite:  Eurhythmics, Solfege, Improvisation - Level: Beginner/Intermediate (505A) or by audition.

Credit recommendation: 

In the graduate degree category, 2 semester hours in Music, Music Education, or Dalcroze Studies (6/01) (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.