Carnegie Mellon University

VDM ARCHIVES

MASTERCLASSES and MEET-UPS
Links to the Vitual Dalcroze MASTERLCASS SERIES can be accessed through the registration site.
Descriptions of the masterclasses are listed below.

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

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

study scores LINK

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

(no recording available)

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 #20

January 12/13, 2021
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 Where:
1. Adalberto Maria Riva performed two Jaques-Dalcroze compositions for piano. 
2. we reviewed zoom audio settings for live performance,
and
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
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Where:
1. Nicole Brockmann talked about the asynchronous classes she taught this semester 
2. 
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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Where:
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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 Where:
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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 Where:
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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 Where:
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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chat transcript LINK

 

 Where:
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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 Where: 
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
 TOUCH 
WAKE
 SING 
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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 Where:
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
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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
Ages 0-7 VIDEO LINK
Ages 8-13 VIDEO LINK
Teen and Adult VIDEO LINK

Where:
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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Ages 8-13 VIDEO LINK

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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chat transcript LINK

Presentations by:
–Katherine Smith
–Adriana Ausch
–Leslie Upchurch

Meet-up #7

May 18/19, 2020
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Where:
–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
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[wanna help out? send a summary paragraph for this video to virtualdalcroze@gmail.com]

Meet-up #5

April 21/22, 2020
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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