Carnegie Mellon University

The next VDM Masterclass Registration is Open!!



We are very excited to feature Toru Sakai (Japan), Anetta Pasternak (Poland), Cynthia Lilley (USA), and Kai Liu (China) in VDM Masterclass Series 9!

We are THRILLED to announce that we have launched a new registration platform!  You are able to search for masterclasses and short courses by topics as well as overall categories.  Check it out and register for upcoming and past events at

Masterclass #27


"Subdivision and Rhythm"
“Rhythm”.  We hear this word often, but rarely have the opportunity to consider what it really means. Rhythm is a combination of long and short notes. People usually focus on timing only, but it is also very important to consider different weights and how energy flows. Where the mathematical values of specific rhythm is set and does not require a performer/composer/listener to be “correct”, the actual music of rhythm is found in the motion of that music, as experienced in the feeling participant. There is only one way to feel and understand rhythm. That is to move to the music.  In this masterclass, we will explore this through Dalcroze Eurhythmics. 

Toru SAKAI was awarded Bachelor of music education by Kunitachi College of music. He gained his Dalcroze License at the Dalcroze School of Music (New York) and Longy School of Music (Boston), and took further Dalcroze study at Carnegie Mellon University. Toru completed his Diplome Superieur at the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze (Geneva). He is the chair of Dalcroze certification Committee of the Dalcroze Society of Japan, Member of the Collège of the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva, Director of the International Dalcroze Seminar at Nagoya School of Music and supervises the Dalcroze certification Program at Hansei University in Korea. Toru was invited to teach in USA, UK, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada and Korea.

Masterclass #26


“A Dalcroze Masterclass with Anetta Pasternak!"

Anetta Pasternak (PhD hab, MA in Eurhythmics) works as a professor (specialty Eurhythmics) Department of Composition, Conducting, Theory and Music Education at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music, Katowice, Poland. Her assignments involve also teaching at Dance Theater Actor Specialty, Postgraduate Music Therapy and Art Therapy courses. As its artistic director, she promotes the Theatre of Rhythm Katalog. She specializes in the interpretation of 20th and 21st century music (Plastique Animée) and is particularly interested in the therapeutic aspect of Eurhythmics.

Masterclass #28


“A Dalcroze Masterclass with Cynthia Lilley!"

Cynthia Lilley earned a Dalcroze certification and license at the Longy School. She also holds an Orff Certificate from UCLA. She recently retired from a longtime job teaching Eurhythmics and Music Theory at the Special Music School, a public school in Manhattan for musically gifted children. She continues to teach adult classes in the Dalcroze School at the Lucy Moses School where she joins Michael Joviala and Leslie Upchurch teaching the summer intensive workshop. She also teaches a graduate credit course on the Dalcroze core subjects in the Dalcroze Program at The Diller-Quaile School. Privately, she teaches keyboard harmony. Cynthia has been a presenter at many Dalcroze and Orff workshops and national conferences, and she has taught summer courses in the Dalcroze approach for music teachers at the Longy School in Cambridge, MA, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, the University of Kentucky Lexington, and Hunter College in New York City. She is past president of the Los Angeles Orff Chapter and of the New York Chapter of the Dalcroze Society of America where she served as communications director. She serves on the Board of the Dalcroze Society of America and is active on several of its committees. Cynthia is a composer of piano pieces and art songs.

Masterclass #29 


“A Dalcroze Masterclass with Kai Liu!"

Kai LIU, MD, Associate Professor and Director of the Music and Movement Division at the Institute of Music Education, Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM) in China. Jaques-
Dalcroze Diplôme Supérieur, Institut Jaques-Dalcroze(IJD) (2019). Kai holds a MA in Dalcroze Eurhythmics Pedagogy from the Institute of Jacque Dalcroze (IJD) at the Haute
Ecole de Musique (2012) and a MA in Music Education from CCOM (2012). Kai also
obtained his BA in ethnomusicology from CCOM and another BA in music and movement
from IJD.

Kai is a respected lecturer in the field of Dalcroze Eurhythmics. He teaches Music and
Movement, Keyboard Improvisation, and Western Music History at the CCOM and he also
taught junior level Music Comprehensive Course at affiliated middle school of the CCOM
and Beijing Dance Academy. Kai is a lecturer at the Chinese National Music Teacher
Training Program held by CCOM. Between 2015 and 2019, Kai has taught and given
presentations at the 28th and 29th Dalcroze Congress in Geneve and at the Han-Sei
International Dalcroze Workshop in South Korea.

Kai is a specialist of early western keyboard instruments. He has studied harpsichord and
fortepiano with Michel Kiener, Classical piano improvisation with David Marteau. Kai is also
a jazz pianist, organist and composer who frequently perform in important venues such as
Blue Note Beijing. Kai is currently the teacher of Basso Continuo for students of organ major
at the keyboard department of CCOM.

Kai is going to publish two translation books on 2023 - The Notation is Not the Music-reflection
on early music practice and performance into Chinese by Barthold Kuijken and Historical
Harpsichord Technique-developing la douceur du toucher by Yonit Lea Kosovske

Registration Details  
  • VDM Masterclasses require paid pre-registration. $30 USD per class. 
  • You will receive a Zoom link to the class about 48 hours in advance of the class.
  • We will send a recording to all masterclass registrants. You may participate live or watch the recording later (or both!). The recording link expires after 30 days. 
  • Recordings of earlier Masterclasses are available for purchase HERE (with a new 30 day expiration).
  • Each class will last 90 minutes. 60-75 minutes of teaching followed by questions and discussion. All classes are taught in English.
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