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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: Intermediate/Advanced (506B)

45 hours (15 weeks).
The Diller-Quaile School of Music, 24 East 95th Street, New York, NY 10128.
February 2001 - December 2006.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 
Eurhythmics: Conceptualize and physically express, with mastery, one's knowledge of basic and more advanced Dalcroze subjects, with special emphasis on twice-as-fast/twice-as-slow in a 3-beat meter, syncopation, unequal beats and meters, 5-beat and 9/8 meters, and phrasing. Solfege: Sing with understanding and facility scales and scale segments including chromatic scales; understand and sing with knowledge the tri-tone, including its role in modulation to neighbor keys as well as to more distant keys via the Neapolitan and the augmented 6th; improvise vocally and write vocal compositions. Improvisation: Create improvisations and compositions which demonstrate an understanding of material covered in the course as well as developed and refined piano skills.

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: More demanding examination and performance of the major topics studies in 506A, with special attention to the augmentation and diminution (twice as fast/slow, three times a s fast/slow) in 3-beat and 5-beat meters, as well as 6/8; metric transformation of syncopated patterns to unequal beats and vice versa; metric modulation; polymeter; 3 vs. 4, 4 vs. 3, 2 and 3 vs. 5 and vice versa; canonic polyrhythm. Solfege: Application of the work of 506A to vocal improvisation and composition; expanded study of modes: Phrygian, Lydian; intensive study of the tri-tone - its power and versatility; duet and ensemble vocal improvisation; non-diatonic scales: octatonic, whole tone, invented modes; additional chromatic scales. Improvisation: Playing for Eurhythmics class activities; playing for Solfege exercises; song accompaniment; using imagery; reviewing texts (considering issues of prosody) for original songs, composing the songs. Prerequisite: 506A or by audition.

Credit recommendation: 
In the graduate degree category, 3 semester hours in Music, Music Education, or Dalcroze Studies (6/01) (9/06 revalidation).