Carnegie Mellon University


Links to the Virtual Dalcroze MASTERLCASS SERIES can be accessed through the registration site.
Descriptions of the masterclasses are listed below.

Links to the archived Virtual Dalcroze MEET-UPS are listed below. No registration necessary. 

 Masterclass #25

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 October 15/16, 2022 with Ruth Alperson (USA) 

“Bringing the Page to Life: Moving with the Music"
The beautiful slow movement of a Beethoven Piano Sonata has been playing in my head for weeks.  I look forward to exploring this piece, and its performance, with participants, using Dalcroze strategies .  Prior to our session, I will interview Garrick Ohlsson, the pianist whose recording we will listen and move to; his comments on the work will enrich our experience.

 Masterclass #24

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September 17/18, 2022 with Lauren Hodgson (USA) 

“Teacher Talk: A Dalcroze Pedagogy Session"
Shared musical experiences in the Dalcroze practice are inherently personal and deeply rooted in the connections between music, the mind, and the body. One of the pillars of fostering motivation and building trust among the teacher and students is the language used in creating and shaping musical experiences. In this workshop, we will investigate and practice methods for implementing focused and intentional instructions and feedback that informs, inspires, and ultimately, intrinsically motivates.

 Masterclass #23

June 23/24, 2022 with Stephen Moore (USA) 
Live from the Marta Sanchez Dalcroze Training Center, Carnegie Mellon University School of Music, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

“Nuance …in 2/…in 3"
What does it mean to be “in 2” in terms of body, mind and spirit? 
What does it mean to be “in 3” in terms of body, mind and spirit? 
What happens when those “worlds” collide? 

 Masterclass #22

 April 23/24, 2022 with Maria Luisa D'Alessandro (Italy)

"Instrumental improvisation according to Dalcroze"

Improvising to discover music, in all its aspects, starting from the spontaneous gesture on the piano.
Improvising in a natural way to communicate and to get know ourselves

 Masterclass #21

March 19/20, 2022 with Jack Stevenson (USA)

Jack will present a Jaques-Dalcroze Improvisation/Solfège lesson on the the dominant seventh and the fully diminished seventh chord in the minor mode and how they modulate.
Have your singing voice ready, and your keyboard fired up.
We will be working hard! Jack will share all workshop materials during class
and have handouts available by email afterward.

Masterclass #20

 February 5/6, 2022 with Joan Pope (Australia)

"Divisions : and the differences of degrees and details"
I intend to make a study for you of one of the ‘early’ exercises of Divisions of Time and therefore of the Space involved. It was known as ‘The twelve quavers’ (les douze croches) by rhythmics students well over one hundred years ago. I also reprise one of my favorite topics, that of the types of Clouds and their changing shapes. You’ll find both topics become intertwined.

Such Divisions and subdivisions may be Equal or Unequal, Symmetric or Asymmetric, Formal or Free. Some will emphasize CHANGE: Planned and Predictable, Sudden Surprises, Some ever-changing shapes.

This session will focus on several aspects of the Jaques-Dalcroze approach which have created a life-long interest for me in devising practical ‘music through movement’ and thinking experiences, whether for toddlers, student teachers or seniors.

Some will be the big abstract notions of SPACE and of TIME. Some feature THINGS we can see and touch in the world in which we live. My examples use visual resources and rich language rhythms to ensure shared understandings and create linked pathways for personal development. I acknowledge my indebtedness to the numerous EJ-D ‘first generation’ teachers I met in 1953 at the London Dalcroze Training Centre in Newton Road; to Heather Gell in Australia in 1956 and 1957 and beyond, and to Mlle Edit Naef in Geneva. Their classes and comments made indelible impressions on me, and it is with pleasure I pass some of it on to you.

Masterclass #19

November 13/14, 2021 with Hélène Nicolet (Switzerland)

"Exploration of Phrase Structures" 
In this session open to all levels, we will benefit from the Dalcroze eurhythmics experience to make connections with aural training (solfège) and instrumental improvisation. We will also expand some of the ideas for teaching to children and seniors. Bring a tennis ball and prepare your instrument!

Masterclass #18

 October 16/17, 2021 with Pablo Cernik (Argentina)

"What Can I Do With This Song?"
In this Masterclass, we will use different pedagogical and improvisational strategies to work with some old Latin American indigenous songs.

 Masterclass #17

September 18/19, 2021 with Ana Quílez Ibáñez (Spain)

"Mini-Athletes" Music, movement and sports."

"Mini-Athletes" is a session of music and movement based on a single theme, Sports. From the symbolic game we will become "Mini-Athletes", developing a sporting, musical and fun session.

This session aims to provide didactic resources applicable for face-to-face and online classes, helping teachers to create a common thread for their sessions and to show the didactic process, the “step by step” where the activities are exposed from least to greatest difficulty. 

The session is organized in 3 blocks:
- Warm-up: where activities are proposed for the body and vocal warm-up of Athletes.
- Sports: the central part of the session where different sports will be developed working on musical content such as pulsation, accentuation, time signature, phrasing, structure, harmony, etc.
- Relaxation: where activities are proposed to change muscle tone and consolidate what has been learned.

 Masterclass #16

August 4/5, 2021 with Jeremy Dittus (USA)

"Bringing the Page to Life: Dalcroze Applications Using Composed Literature"

Composed music offers direct application of the artistic and practical musicianship we experience in Dalcroze Education.  This workshop will focus on strategies on how to find well-behaved examples from the standard repertoire while creating meaningful activities that maintain the spirit of play and cultivate the imagination.  We’ll move to pieces that demonstrate a variety of Dalcroze applications and study the processes by which we can begin to create our own Dalcroze games using composed literature.  Participants will leave with new ideas and fresh perspectives on how to bring Dalcroze Education into their own studios! 
Participants are encouraged to bring a short piece that we might work on together (if you are able to legally share the copy electronically that’s great!).   If you have simple props handy, for the class that would be wonderful:  (a tennis ball, chopsticks, a flowy scarf, etc.).

 Masterclass #15

July 11/12, 2021 with Karin Greenhead (ENGLAND)

"A masterclass on ‘Follow’ exercises in Dalcroze Eurhythmics"

In this class we will look at some classic “Follow” exercises: what they are and why they are at the core of Dalcroze training at all levels from beginner to advanced and from child to experienced adult.  Beginning with some simple exercises we will work through a variety of examples, looking at why we do them in certain ways, what enables the exercise to work well, and the pedagogical dimensions for teachers. As these exercises rely on the teacher’s improvisation, there may be opportunities for attendees with pianos (and for certain exercises, other instruments) to try playing for the class as well.

 Masterclass #14

June 12/13, 2021 with Manuel Zazueta (VIETNAM/MEXICO)

“Together in the distance
Transferring energy through the screen. Crafting your online eurhythmics lesson using various platforms and tools"

Masterclass #13

April 17/18, 2021 with Iramar Rodrigues (SWITZERLAND)

"Dalcroze Eurhythmics (in times of pandemic) - A journey of music, the body, and movement exploring the theme of complementary rhythms and their variations."

Masterclass #12

March 21/22, 2021 with Greg Ristow (USA)

"Suspension & Resolution"
Few things are more exhilarating than the journey a consonant note makes as it becomes a dissonant suspension and resolves. Through body work, eurhythmics, plastique and improvisation we’ll dive into the world of musical suspensions. We’ll our own bodies in conversation with physical objects, prepare a plastique on Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, and vocally improvise suspensions following rules drawn from Handel’s figured bass treatise.

Masterclass #11

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February 20/21, 2021 with Fabian Bautz(SWITZERLAND)

"Structure and Proportion in Eurhythmics"
The long-standing tradition of using syllables—in dance as well as in percussion—is an organic tool that facilitates both our physical and intellectual grasp of structure and proportion in Eurhythmics. In this workshop Fabian Bautz will present examples to practice multi-layered coordination and independence in our movements. The all-embracing incorporation of complex and polyrhythmic structures in music has to occur throughout our whole body. In its absence our artistic and pedagogic performance lacks full confidence and conviction; how can it be otherwise, for if we are engaging only a part of ourselves, then we are partially absent as opposed to fully present.

Masterclass #10

January 24/25, 2021 with Françoise Lombard(CANADA)

"Music and Grounding"
A Dalcroze lesson focused on inner listening, sensations and integration of learning.

The class will be based on the same ideas as Françoise wrote about in the following article,THE INNER LISTENING BASE OF ALL PEDAGOGIES

Masterclass #9

December 12/13, 2020 with Andrew Davidson (ENGLAND)

"Moves, Modes & Motifs"
You are invited to move, speak, sing, and play as we explore a collection of rhythmic motifs and modal melodies from a range of repertoires. These musical materials will become the basis of our very own improvisations and compositions. No matter your level of musical training or teaching experience, this session offers a hands-on approach to making new music from old. Please bring your body and voice, an instrument of your choice, and a piece of manuscript paper. PowerPoint slides will be shared and a PDF handout will be available after the session.

Masterclass #8

November 21/22, 2020 with Elda Nelly Treviño (MEXICO)

"Lullabies: A Dalcroze Masterclass with Elda Nelly Treviño"
Even before being born, babies listen to music. The sensation of rocking in a peaceful atmosphere, gives a feeling of security and peace. Lullabies written in compound meter are present all around the world.  In this session we will explore with our bodies and voices the fine musicality present in the phrasing, melodic contour, and rhythmic design of a beautiful Mexican Christmas lullaby.  

Masterclass #7

October 24/25, 2020 with Louise Mathieu (CANADA)

Dalcroze Eurhythmics: A way to musical expression"
Dalcroze Eurhythmics helps to develop capacities that are indispensable to all musicians. It enhances auditory perception, favors a better control of nervous sensitivity, stimulates musicality and sense of rhythm and develops musical expression. For Jaques-Dalcroze, the acuity of our musical perception depends on the acuity of our senses.

Music and movement lie at the heart of the Dalcroze approach which comprises interrelated areas of studies (Rhythmics–Aural training–Improvisation–Plastique Animée). In this workshop, the participants will experience these interdependent branches through exercises combining listening and physical movement and will explore how Dalcroze Eurhythmics stimulates, develops and refines all the capacities we use when we engage in music.

Masterclass #6

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October 3/4, 2020 with Sui Ming Chu (Hong Kong)

"Dynamic in action, meeting the mind of Dalcroze and Laban"

Both Dalcroze and Laban are interested in expressivity, one in music and the other in dance. After Laban met Dalcroze and saw his work in 1912. He said “It was an experience that will play a part in my own development” (Perrottet 93). It is fascinating to see how Dalcroze’s thought continues into Laban’s work and at the same time how Laban’s work could contribute back into the work of Dalcroze. This workshop is an attempt to integrate Laban’s movement concept of how emotions were expressed and communicated through the rhythmic use of the human body and its application into eurhythmics training, ultimately how it helps our creativity and expressivity.
Masterclass #5
August 4/5, 2020 with Michael Joviala (United States)

An (ENCORE) Dalcroze Masterclass with Michael Joviala –Alone Together: A Dalcroze Exploration of Relationship "

Due to some technical difficulties with the July 11/12 masterclass, the VDM asked Michael to repeat his brilliant class from July 2020. 

Masterclass #4
July 25/26, 2020 with Sandra Nash (Australia)

A Dalcroze Masterclass with Sandra Nash – In the footsteps of Heather Gell: the formal and the free"
The Masterclass will include a paper presentation about Gell and her book, “Music, Movement and the young Child,” including some games for children and how to play for them, and a historical section on formal techniques and elements of the Dalcroze work for adults including some of his 'Esquisses’.

Masterclass #3

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July 11/12, 2020 with Michael Joviala (United States)

A Dalcroze Masterclass with Michael Joviala –Alone Together: A Dalcroze Exploration of Relationship "

 Associations and dissociations, systems and follows… the names of many commonly performed Dalcroze activities parallel the language of our social, interpersonal and even political lives. Against the present dramatic backdrop of disruption, adaptation and reaction (also core aspects of Dalcroze experience), we use our bodies, minds and hearts to find the music in relationship to one another across boundaries both virtual and real.

Masterclass #2
June 27/28, 2020 with Monica Wilkinson (Scotland)

"A Dalcroze Masterclass with Monica Wilkinson – Solo Chamber Music"
This aural-based lesson will be an exploration of hearing and performing two lines, with a focus on phrase.
Masterclass #1
June 13/14, 2020 with Ava Loiacono  (Italy)
“A Dalcroze Masterclass with Ava Loiacono – Sharing ideas for Rhythmic, Improvisation, and Pedagogy”


Meet-up #51

November 21/22, 2022

Where Rebecca Hample (USA) shared some ideas and some exercises for “Applying Dalcroze Ideas in My Voice Lesson Studio”
Sharon Dutton (Canada) discussed her PhD thesis, “Experiencing Spiritually Through Dalcroze”

 Meet-up #50

November 8/9, 2022
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Where NaNa Nguyen (Vietnam) shared "Move Your Body!"

Kaye Barker (UK) talked about Laban's 'effort words' & how they can be used to develop a wider range of movement qualities which can be transferred to instrumental improvisation.

Kathryn Kay (UK) shared "All hail the perfect fourth!", ideas for creative improvisation, inspired from her recent teaching. 

 Meet-up #49

October 24/25, 2022

Where Leslie Upchurch, USA, shared, “saying yes to things you doubt in class”
Emma Shubin, USA, & Anthony Molinaro, USA, talked about their teaching at Interlochen,  "Integrating Dalcroze programming into a larger music program, teaching middle and high school students (ages 13-18)"

Meet-up #48

October 11/12, 2022

Where Lara Liu, Taiwan/France shared “Movement Intelligence, between Alexander Technique & Feldenkrais Method - a basic alignment exercise”
we took some time to remember and honor the amazing life and contributions of our dear mentor and teacher Lisa Parker. 

Meet-up #47

September 26/27, 2022

Where Weronika Balewski shared “My students’ skills after 1 year”. We discussed the difference even 1 year makes in our students and how we work differently with new classes vs returning classes. 
Stephen Neely discussed the intersection of Dalcrozian attentions and current research in Service Design.

Meet-up #46

September 13/14, 2022

 Where Cynthia Lilley shared “At the beginning of a new year”, strategies for new classes. 

 Meet-up #45

August 15/16, 2022

Where we met with two amazing educators teaching language lessons to children through Dalcroze methods:

Mira Larson, USA: “Teaching 3-6 year olds in a language-immersion context” 
Mimi Hsu, USA & Taiwan: “Hello Everyone 大家好 Dàjiā hǎo” 

 Meet-up #44

July 19/20, 2022

Where Lara Liu (Taiwan/France) shared a piano approach based on her experiences and learning with Marie Jaëll Method, Vincenzo Scaramuzza 's approach, Feldenkrais Method, Movement Intelligence and of course, from Dalcroze too. The conversation after centered on 'the body as the first instrumnet' and the application of gross body movement experience to fine motor attention. 

 Meet-up #43

June 15/16, 2022
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Focus on movement! Loretta and Jill each lead a 5-min movement activity. We then discussed our experiences and brainstormed applications. 

Jill Gleim, USA: Brain Gym Warm-Up
Loretta Fois, USA: Joints, bones, and skin improv

 Meet-up #42

April 11/12, 2022

Where Selma Odom & Cheng-Feng Lin (Canada) presented on Dalcroze’s Breathing Exercises

 Meet-up #41

March 28/29, 2022
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Nguyen Ngan (NaNa), Vietnam, shared "Are we home yet?”
Mayita Brown, Mexico, shared "Scales with Encanto”
Sora Lee, USA, shared “Piano and forte activities for young children”

Meet-up #40

March 14, 2022

 How do we define MUSICIANSHIP?!

In this hour Stephen Neely leads a discussion comparing literacy, technique, and musicianship, and then discusses a list of musicianship concepts and challenges everyone with a "simple" musicianship exercise. So good!

Meet-up #39

February 28/March 1, 2022

 Professional Performer Training and the Dalcroze Studio – Part 2

Throughout the hour we continued our conversation about the relevance of the Dalcroze methods in professional performer training schools. Dear friends from Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin, Longy, and Carnegie Mellon University shared experiences, activities, and opinions about the need and the benefits of the work for performers.  Such a good discussion!

Meet-up #38

February 7/8, 2022

 Professional Performer Training and the Dalcroze Studio

Today we talked about the role of studying through Dalcroze methodologies and the implications for performers and conductors. Recognizing the work as originating in the conservatory environment, we discussed the implications for musicians on the live stage. Thanks to friends and students from CIM and CMU for joining in on the conversation!

Meet-up #37

January 24/25, 2022

 Super Breakout Edition where we discussed:

• What are some successful classroom routines you can share?
• How can we address students' social needs in this phase of the pandemic?
• What tools do we bring as Dalcrozians to these two topics?

 Meet-up #36

October 22/23, 2021


• Jenny Lang, Mexico/USA, shared "Memorization and Expressivity: The power of dramatic play and storytelling"

• Terry Boyarsky, USA, introduced us to Russian Chastuski, Pandemic Style

• David Buley, Canada, talked about “Moving on the Edge” 

 Meet-up #35

October 12/13, 2021


• Cheng-Feng Lin, Canada presented “Breath taking”, a summary of his presentation on Dalcroze strategies for teaching with the breath from the ICDS 2021 conference.
• Dawn Pratson, USA, shared an update on the DSA monthly series “Undoing Racism in music education"
• Patrick Cerria, USA, spoke about using Dalcroze methods for special needs and at risk students

Meet-up #34

October 12/13, 2021

Jenny Lang, Mexico/USA shared “Creative Play in my Chiapas Classroom”  and
Sonia Hu, China/USA shared a historic unit from the Cleveland Instituet of Music Eurhythmics program "The Metronome as a “Simple Gift” 

Meet-up #33

October 12/13, 2021


Iga Eckert, Poland: "Musical elements and shapes of hearing' - Developing creativity as an escape from the isolation of distance learning online during a pandemic."
Mayita Brown, Mexico: “Connections Between Dalcroze and Psychology” 
Terry Boyarsky, USA: "Teaching in a High School Setting for Refugees" 
Barbara Dutkiewicz, Poland: Announcement of two European projects: "Resilience in Resonance" and "Eurhythmics in Education & Artistic Practice (EEAP)" - International Project ERASMUS+

Meet-up #32

September 28/29, 2021

 Where the AMAZING Joan Pope (Australia) shared insights about lesson planning and creativity. This was one for the books. Truly wonderful and inspiring. #legend

Meet-up #31

September 13/14, 2021

Kaye Barker shared a recording of the plastique anime choreography she prepared for her Diplome Superior exam. 
Mariana Manse shared a Portuguese song and game. 
Stephen Neely shared an association/dissociation quick reaction and improvisation. Then we all brainstormed variations on the exercise for various age students. 

Meet-up #30

July 20/21, 2021

Theme: Dalcroze + Puppies (Working through a pandemic, and after)
Meet-Up #30 was a Super Breakout Edition

We created a few breakout rooms to discuss the following questions, then reconvened to share our insights. 

What are the opportunities and restrictions in the teaching you have coming up in August, September, and beyond?
What kinds of needs might our students have? How can we adjust our activities to serve that?
How do we respond to students who come for in-person learning for the first time in over a year?

Meet-up #29

June 29/30, 2021
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Where we discussed extra-musical benefits/applications for Dalcroze attentions:
Stephen Neely presented his research using Dalcroze attentions for Design and Wellness
Leslie Upchurch shared "Benefits of Dalcroze for seniors”
Jill Gleim shared “Moves that Matter”
Greacian Goeke presented "Out of Isolation: Simple Pair Exercise, Deep Connections"

Meet-up #28

June 8/9, 2021
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Judi Cagley shared insight into using folk songs in the elementary classroom and led us through a lovely name game.
Ieva Udre shared her beautiful Rhythm Worksheets and discussed the many ways she is able to use them as part of her Dalcroze teaching.
Anthony Molinaro had us swinging and moving with his “Heavy Bottoms and Rainbows”.

Meet-up #27

April 19, 2021


Guy Mendilow, Dalcroze Music School of Boston, and Emma Shubin, Integral Steps, share their origin stories and personal philosophies for Dalcroze-based businesses/non-profit organizations. In the discussion that followed, we considered the multitude of ways that one might find and create audiences for Dalcrozian engagements of all variety. Such an interesting conversation!

Meet-up #26

April 6, 2021

1. Anthony Molinaro shared more about The New Dalcrozian Podcast.
2. Caroline Ly shares some insights about teaching to the little ones with a toy piano and a leprechaun song. 
3. Jared Ballance shared some Dalcroze ideas for the private studio.

Meet-up #25

March 21/22, 2021



Where we discussed the coming year(s) and implications and possibilities for virtual teaching platforms. 

 Meet-up #24

March 9/10, 2021

1. Loretta Fois shared ideas and videos on “The difference between dance choreography and plastique animee, touching on the early modern years”.
2. Marlene Maitland presented “Virtual Elementary Dalcroze” and an introduction to

Meet-up #23

February 22/23, 2021
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1. Andrea Giraldo led us in a "Singing Meditation".
2. Guy Mendilow presented: "Impact of Dalcroze training on writing/composing for Radio Play(s) Episode 1, especially application of automatizations. Thoughts about the examination process in Dalcroze Training." 

It was such a wonderful juxtoposition of presentations. As always, no shortage of ideas to discuss through the final 30 minutes.

Meet-up #22

February 9/10, 2021
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1. Rebecca Hample shared some cross-modal exercises and a Sweedish folk dance

2. Leslie Upchurch shared more ideas from her work with adults ages 65+. 

Meet-up #21

January 25/26, 2021

 SO many great ideas this week!

1. Dawn Pratson shared some ideas inspiring her current teaching and she played a short video of hand choreography for an Arvo Part composition.
2. Adrianna Ausch led us through a short exercise using Jaques-Dalcroze “20 gestures”.
3. Chase Upchurch led us through two original compositions from his children’s classes.
4. Manuel Zazueta shared ideas keeping him afloat in his student and teacher training programs. and
For more information about Jaques-Dalcroze's "20 gestures" see this article by our colleague Selma Odom. 

 Meet-up #20

January 12/13, 2021

1. Adalberto Maria Riva performed two Jaques-Dalcroze compositions for piano. 
2. we reviewed zoom audio settings for live performance,
3. we split the attendees into four break-out groups who brainstormed opportunities, ideas,  and exercises for either of the performed selections. We concluded with each of the groups sharing their initial ideas. 

Special Thanks to Adalberto Maria Riva for his beautiful playing. 
High quality audio recordings of the compositions are posted to his YouTube channel:
Emile Jaques-Dalcroze: Träumerei, opus 10 no. 2
Emile Jaques-Dalcroze: Danse romande no. 4

 Meet-up #19

December 8/9, 2020

1. Nicole Brockmann talked about the asynchronous classes she taught this semester 
Cindy Fox (and her adorable children) share some new ideas for classroom teaching! So Much Fun.

Meet-up #18

November 20/21, 2020
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1. Cassandra Eisenreich shared examples of teaching 100 pre-schoolers at once via zoom.
2. Jill Gleim discussed "moves to grow by" – movement instruction based on children's natural developmental milestones

Meet-up #17

November 10/11, 2020
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1. Kathryn Kay shared "Visual stimuli for group movement composition... Car badges and Kandinsky, 7-11 year olds."
2. Kaye Knowles led us through a tour of 7ths – some new sounds/harmonies for improvisation.

Meet-up #16

October 26/27, 2020
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1. Katie Couch shared a “Improv Game for Modal Playing”
2. Debbie Clem shared an exercise for expressive movement with elementary grades
3. Bill Bauer led us in Improvoice: A Seven-Minute Jam Session

Meet-up #15

October 14/15, 2020
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1. Anthony Molinaro shared a Halloween Activity
2. Jerison Lee shared some ideas for movement and introductions to notation
3. Anthony Molinaro and Lauren Hodgson introduced the “New Dalcrozian” podcast

Meet-up #14

September 21/22, 2020
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1. Stephen Neely “Using FM Radio for outdoor teaching”
2. Chris Rose “Call and response to motivate metered improvisation”
3. Françoise Lombard “Audio Library for Music Teachers and Dalcrozians”
4. Cindy Fox “Empowering Creativity in the studio”
5. Mimi Hsu “Consistency with a little tweak”
6. we discussed: Are there any Dalcroze YouTube videos, which are self contained, that 4 year old observers would understand, and could participate?


Meet-up #13

September 8/9, 2020
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1. Anita Memmott shared
–What do my classrooms look like?
Pop Ripple Freeze drum game for ages 4-5
–Music with beat and gestural flute, class split into 2
2. Mary Price O’Connor offered a provocation for movement exercise 5 words: STRIKE
INSPIRE that used the Purcell/Pluhar improvisation
3. Stephen Neely describes his new FM Radio outdoor teaching setup

Meet-up #12

August 5/6, 2020
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1. Phil Berman shared about his outdoor social distanced classes for 2-5 year olds
2. Melissa tucker led us through some exercises she has used with her senior citizen classes 
3. Weronika took us through a list of many recent covid + music performance research references 
4. Rebecca Hample led us through a folk dance

Meet-up #11

July 21/22, 2020

Where we discussed:
1. What are strategies for teaching in person while following social distancing requirements?
2. What are strategies for teaching in hybrid models with some in person instruction and some online instruction?
3. What are strategies for beginning a new school year or term in an online-only model?

Elena Araoz shared her project "Innovations in Socially Distant Performance."

Meet-up #10

July 7/8, 2020
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1. Ben Parsell shared updates to the project Music Theory Examples by Women
2. Lauren Hodgson shared her interactive classroom project.

We again separated into Super Breakout Rooms (25 min) to discuss different age groups:
–Ages 0-7 room – Emma Shubin, moderator
–Ages 8-13 room – Anthony Molinaro, moderator
–Teen and Adult room – Adriana Ausch, moderator

Meet-up #9

June 15/16, 2020
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Where we separated into Super Breakout Rooms to discuss different age groups:

–Ages 3-7 room, (maybe also babies if there's interest) – Emma Shubin, moderator
–Ages 8-13 room – Anthony Molinaro, moderator
–Teen and Adult room – Adriana Ausch, moderator

note: there are no recordings of the Breakout Rooms or the Large-group closing

Meet-up #8

June 1/2, 2020
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Presentations by:
–Katherine Smith
–Adriana Ausch
–Leslie Upchurch

Meet-up #7

May 18/19, 2020

–Dawn Pratson shared about her experiences teaching online dance classes and lead us in a movement warmup.
–Loretta Fois lead us in a short ribbon exercise and sharing how she developed this project with her students.
–Elena Araoz talked about engaging the whole body in Zoom setting and conveying beauty and story with mediocre audio/video quality.

Meet-up #6

May 4/5, 2020

–Charlotte Leng shared graphic scores for children's classes - examples of how 6 & 7 year olds represented sound through symbols.
–Sandra Nash talked about the life of Heather Gell, based on information presented in her thesis. She provided insight about Heather Gell as a person and the historical context of Heather's work. 

Meet-up #5

April 21/22, 2020

Where we enjoyed 3 teaching demos and a presentation from guest theater directors from Princeton.

Demo 1: Patrick Cerra - A lesson involving non-verbal students. Tactile based props (straws & wooden dowels) with pitches/singing & relate their length to note duration so the kids can use touch as well.
Demo 2: Marlene Maitland - connecting aural experiences in conjunction with developing fine motor skills and directionality
Demo 3: Ava Loiacono-Husain - simple improv exercise, developed into solfege rhythmic exercise for young adults

Weronika introduced “Mad Forest” with video clips of the Zoom theater production from Princeton.

Interview with guest directors Ashley Tata and Dan Safer
1. How did you engage your audience via the Zoom stage? What did you have to do differently than in live theater where the audience is in the room with you? What makes for effective storytelling in live video productions?
2. How did you inspire, motivate, coach actors on the Zoom stage? What did you have to do differently to support them in effectively communicating with the audience?
3. How did you transition the work you had already done with the actors preparing for the show? Did new possibilities emerge or was the experience one of constraint and fewer possibilities? I'm especially curious about pacing of conversation, accommodating lag in Zoom, conveying emotional content and character in Zoom.
4. Same question but specifically focusing on movement, which is a foundation of Dalcroze education: How did you transition the choreography you had already developed or begun developing? How did you develop new material for the Zoom format? Did new possibilities emerge or was the experience one of constraint and fewer possibilities?
5. Can you speak about movement that is interesting, effective, impactful in the Zoom format? How do you make choices about movement? What new considerations are there in using expressive movement via Zoom?

Meet-up #4

April 6/7, 2020

Where we asked three teachers to teach us over Zoom to allow the participants to experience being in a eurhythmics class online.

–Stephen Neely (5 min)
–Jeremy Dittus (5 min)
–Emma Shubin (5 min) Emma's lesson plan

Then we talked about Zoom Security issues around user data, webcam control, uninvited guests
Guardian Article
NY Times Article April 2 about LinkedIn
NY Times Article March 30 about general security
Zoom Blog Response
David Buley, if he wants to share (1 min, W)
Choreography of public movement, during social distancing
Stephen Neely shared a short discussion around Zoom Fatigue

Meet-up #3

March 30/31, 2020

Where we discussed using live video streaming (synchronous) strategies for group music teaching, what kinds of activities you can do, how to disseminate, how to assess and get feedback.

Live video strategies
–Jeremy Dittus (5 min)
–Emma Shubin (5 min)
–Stephen Neely (5 min)
–Manuel Zazueta (5 min)

Meet-up #2

March 24/25, 2020

Where we discussed using prerecorded video streaming (asynchronous) strategies for group music teaching, what kinds of activities you can do, how to disseminate, how to assess and get feedback.

Prerecorded video strategies
–Sonia Hu (5 min)
–Anthony Molinaro (5 min)

Meet-up #1

March 17/18, 2020

Where we discussed teaching group eurhythmics classes in an online setting!

–Anthony Molinaro (5 min) - video for families (see link in resources)
–Emma Shubin (5 min) - the opportunities of online teaching: student engagement, focus, strategies for young students
–Jeremy Dittus (5 min) - Skype vs Zoom, other tips
–Manuel Zazueta (5 min) - pre recorded videos in conjunction with live video conferencing as a way to teach new content long-term, 6-part plan for pre recorded videos
–Amanda Wilson (1 min) Music Mode for Zoom
Discussion (25 min)
–Test Zoom breakout rooms (5 min)
–Test Skype group call (5 min) - Jeremy Dittus will provide a link and we will all test that platform, say goodbye there