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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 Methodology: Principles and Practices (507A)

52.5 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: discuss the principles and practices of Dalcroze Eurhythmics, a movement-based approach to music education; understand the music-movement connection and the purpose and meaning of a movement-based approach to music education; match the tempo and character of children's basic movements through improvisation with voice, small percussion, and piano; improvise simple piano accompaniments to children's songs.


This course involves the practical application of Dalcroze principles and techniques to the music classroom, from pre-kindergarten to conservatory level. It comprises readings and discussions of the Dalcroze philosophy and observations of master teachers. Course participants observe children's classes given by a certified teacher. Readings are assigned to provide insights into the Dalcroze approach. Students' notes on the assigned readings are integrated into the portfolio of written work, which includes the following: songs and musical examples illustrative of movements and music concepts, a log or personal journal of ideas and thoughts, field notes of observations of the course participants' own classes and classes they observe, a paper with a brief discussion of three Dalcroze subjects including a musical example that illustrates each subject, and a reflective paper on how Dalcroze learning takes place and can be assessed in a eurhythmics class and what standards Dalcroze teachers can use to assess their own teaching. Course participants design exercises and games that help children perceive musical connections and they teach these in children's music classes using Dalcroze techniques. Topics covered include: the music-movement connection; observation of teachers/students in classes; taking field notes; keeping a log or personal journal of ideas and comments; major issues facing classroom teachers, including management; coping strategies available through the Dalcroze approach; the Dalcroze subjects, a multi-faceted approach to music concepts including rhythm, form, articulation, nuances, time/space/energy relationships.

Credit recommendation: 

In the graduate degree category, 3 semester hours in Music, Music Education, or Dalcroze Studies (3/01) (9/06 revalidation) (12/11 revalidation) (12/16 Administrative Review).