Carnegie Mellon University


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

Meet-up #56

March 27/28, 2023

Cheryl Heng  (Singapore/ Japan) shared “Space, Time, Energy in the choreography of architecture and design”
KuanTing Chang (Taiwan/USA) 
discussed “Infusing Dalcroze into public school classrooms, by a beginner”

 Meet-up #55

March 13/14, 2023
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 We celebrated 3 Years of the VDM this week! 

At this meet-up:
Danica Schofer (USA) shared “Embodied Conversations: Exploring Translations across Music/Dance Collaborations”
Lara Liu (Taiwan/France) shared an exercise “Using Resistance”

 Meet-up #54

February 27/28, 2023


Joe Williams (USA) offered an introduction to “Delsarte’s theories of Expression, some knowledge Dalcroze had in his pocket.”
Graham Rosen (USA) shares ideas and techniques for cross rhythms  
Emma Shubin (USA) & Stephen Neely (USA) talk about "What it's like to go to the Dalcroze Congress in Geneva and the ICDS Conference in Pittsburgh" 

 Meet-up #53

February 6/7, 2023


In the first meet-up of this series, we talk about the amaazing teaching and legacy of Anne Farber, Master teacher from the NYC and Boston communities. 

We gathered together some of Anne's students, who shared stories and activities.
Presenters include:
     Aaron Butler, USA
     Cynthia Lilley, USA
     Gregory Ristow, USA
     Leslie Upchurch, USA

Meet-up #52

January 23/34, 2023

Rebecca Hample (USA) shared "Introduction to the Spheres of Movement - tools for improv and analysis in movement and music"
Dawn Pratson (USA) shared her thoughts on the following topic: "There is a tension between folks in the world who think it's important to look at our history and teach our history through the lens of white supremacy and racism; and the other camp who says 'You don't have to look back, we've already had civil rights, we don't want to get stuck in victimhood.' I want to discuss this in relation to music."

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

Anthony Molinaro shared more about The New Dalcrozian Podcast.
Caroline Ly shares some insights about teaching to the little ones with a toy piano and a leprechaun song. 
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

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

Meet-up #23

February 22/23, 2021
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Andrea Giraldo led us in a "Singing Meditation".
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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Rebecca Hample shared some cross-modal exercises and a Sweedish folk dance

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!

Dawn Pratson shared some ideas inspiring her current teaching and she played a short video of hand choreography for an Arvo Part composition.
Adrianna Ausch led us through a short exercise using Jaques-Dalcroze “20 gestures”.
Chase Upchurch led us through two original compositions from his children’s classes.
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

Adalberto Maria Riva performed two Jaques-Dalcroze compositions for piano. 
we reviewed zoom audio settings for live performance,
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

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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Cassandra Eisenreich shared examples of teaching 100 pre-schoolers at once via zoom.
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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Kathryn Kay shared "Visual stimuli for group movement composition... Car badges and Kandinsky, 7-11 year olds."
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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Katie Couch shared a “Improv Game for Modal Playing”
Debbie Clem shared an exercise for expressive movement with elementary grades
Bill Bauer led us in Improvoice: A Seven-Minute Jam Session

Meet-up #15

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

Meet-up #14

September 21/22, 2020
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Stephen Neely “Using FM Radio for outdoor teaching”
Chris Rose “Call and response to motivate metered improvisation”
Françoise Lombard “Audio Library for Music Teachers and Dalcrozians”
Cindy Fox “Empowering Creativity in the studio”
Mimi Hsu “Consistency with a little tweak”
AND 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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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
Mary Price O’Connor offered a provocation for movement exercise 5 words: STRIKE
INSPIRE that used the Purcell/Pluhar improvisation
Stephen Neely describes his new FM Radio outdoor teaching setup

Meet-up #12

August 5/6, 2020
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Phil Berman shared about his outdoor social distanced classes for 2-5 year olds
Melissa Tucker led us through some exercises she has used with her senior citizen classes 
Weronika took us through a list of many recent covid + music performance research references 
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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Ben Parsell shared updates to the project Music Theory Examples by Women
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
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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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 
–Jeremy Dittus 
–Emma Shubin  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 
–Emma Shubin 
–Stephen Neely 
–Manuel Zazueta 

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 
–Anthony Molinaro 

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