Carnegie Mellon University

School of Music

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Marta Sanchez Dalcroze Training Center

Carnegie Mellon was the first school in the country to establish Dalcroze Eurhythmics training in the curriculum for all music students. All undergraduate music majors take a four-semester sequence of Dalcroze Eurhythmics as part of the core curriculum. In 1968, the Carnegie Mellon School of Music was accredited by the Jaques-Dalcroze Foundation of Geneva, Switzerland, as a Professional Training Center to grant the Dalcroze Certificate and License. Since its inception, the Center, founded by Dr. Marta Sanchez, has attracted students from all over the world. From 1999 to 2009 the Center operated satellite programs in Taiwan; at the Nagoya School of Music in Nagoya, Japan; and in Korea at Hansei University.

Dalcroze Eurhythmics is a process for awakening, developing and refining innate musicality through rhythmic movement, ear-training and improvisation.

The Dalcroze Training Center at Carnegie Mellon operates throughout the year. During the academic year, students may enroll in the Dalcroze program to pursue the Dalcroze Certificate or Dalcroze License. They may also enroll in the program in conjunction with a masters degree in music education, performance, or composition.

Special for Summer 2023, the CMU Dalcroze Training Center is hosting the International Conference of Dalcroze Studies!! Please join us for the ICDS6 and the summer Workshops.

Every summer the Dalcroze Training Center offers a one-week workshop and a conjoint three-week workshop. Special for 2023, we have added a two-week option combining the summer workshops with ICDS6. All workshops offer classes at introductory and advanced levels. Both workshops offer performers, conductors, music educators (preschool through college), studio teachers, music therapists, movement specialists, actors and dancers practical applications of Dalcroze principles for performance and teaching. A minimum of two three-week summer workshops, totaling 18 units or 6 credits, must be successfully completed before a candidate is eligible to take the required exams for the Dalcroze Certificate. For those applicants who are prepared to pursue the Dalcroze License an additional 18 units or 6 credits is required. Entrance into the License Program is by audition/evaluation.