Workshop & Presenter Description
Children’s Lesson: Eugenia Arus This is an opportunity to observe the application of Dalcroze principles applied to the teaching of a young children (5-7yrs old). A group of local children will take part in a Dalcroze lesson given by Eugenia Arus. This will be followed by a time of discussion and questions.
Ringtime: Monica Wilkinson
Monday 14.00 – 15.30
Sally Beamish’s specially commissioned piece for movement, Ring Time, was given its première performance in Glasgow in 2016. A 30-minute documentary film about the process will be shown during lunchtime on Monday. The Ring Time Education Pack is designed to support and inspire future projects. This workshop provides an opportunity to get to know one of the canonic movements of through creating a plastique animée. There will also be time for some discussion about how this resource can be used.
Half a pound of Tuppeny Rice:
Anita Memmott
Monday 18.30 – 19.45
Singing with movement is at the heart of any music experience in an Early Years context. This session will explore repertoire (old and new) from a Dalcroze perspective. How and why are we moving? Which key musical concepts can be discovered within a short song? How to work with a class of thirty.
Getting into Solfa: Katie Wearing
Monday 18.30 – 19.45
Using solfa can sometimes seem to be a daunting distraction if you are already a musician, but its use can open up new areas of music for you, and strengthen your skills. It is also fun! Come and try out lots of songs and games in a relaxed environment, with tips on how to build your skill at home.
The integration of Dalcroze principles into the high school curriculum – KS3&4:
Kaye Barker
Monday 18.30 – 19.45
This workshop will examine the issues faced by Dalcroze practitioners when attempting to introduce Dalcroze principles and practice in secondary teaching. The presenter will share her experience and invite others to debate how Dalcroze can be best integrated at this level. The session will be an opportunity to swap ideas, games and exercises which have been successful with the teenage student!
Lions, tortoises and other animals:
Anita Memmott
Tuesday 14.00 – 15.30
The Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens has long been recognized as a great piece of music to explore in the primary school classroom. This workshop will look at the piece through a Dalcroze lens and unlock a wide range of key musical concepts.
We will practically explore three of the movements and create mind maps for other movements, so that elements of the Dalcroze subjects can be revealed and their relevance to the National Curriculum can be explored.
Dynamic Rehearsal: Karin Greenhead
Tuesday 14.00 – 15.30 &
Wednesday 14.30 – 16.00
Dynamic rehearsal is the application of Dalcroze principles and techniques to the rehearsal and performance of musical repertoire. Two sessions are offered. The first, on the Tuesday, opens with some exercises in which participants practice some of the techniques used. Following this, on the Wednesday, those who have elected to perform will be invited to experience how these can be applied to their own performance. The remainder of the group becomes an audience, and audience and performer will be invited to give feedback on their own experience. Performers can be of any level and may offer solo or ensemble items but for this session, no accompanist is required for solo items. They must have memorised their piece, bring a copy of their score and be prepared to move. For both performers and audience this is a unique opportunity to discover how actual and imagined movement helps in the development of interpretation, communication and performance. Owing to the necessity of doing the preparatory exercises, only those who were present at the first session will be able to perform in the second session. Those who want to listen in session 2 are welcome to attend.
Time Lapse: Let’s Dance:
Anita Memmott
Tuesday 18.30 – 19.45
Using Michael Nyman’s Time Lapse as a focus, the session will, through practical Dalcroze methods, reveal some of the key elements that make up Minimalism. Links will be created to relevant film and dance music and suggestions made on how to set composition projects with key stage 2 music students.
101 ways with Canons: Katie Wearing
Tuesday 18.30 – 19.45
Come and explore the genre of canon. There is a wealth of repertoire, as composers including Praetorius, Purcell, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms wrote canons for their and their students’ amusement. The session will include how to introduce, teach and perform them, plus what to use them for, and how to write your own. There will also be many books of rounds, canons and catches on display for you to leaf through.
Plastique Animée: Karin Greenhead
Tuesday 18.30 – 19.45 (this may finish later)
Plastique Animée usually begins as a realisation of a piece of musical repertoire in movement: a study and presentation of the movement of music itself. However, in order to show more than simple musical structures and rhythms, there is a range of prior knowledge needed to create effective realisations of repertoire that is either complex or demanding on the level of expression. Furthermore there is the matter of what kinds of piece to choose or avoid and why. Following this, the group will work on an extract or short piece of repertoire in which the movement realisation must address specific issues that arise from the given piece.
Plenary of National Curriculum workshops:
Anita Memmott & Kaye Barker
Wednesday 14.30 – 16.00
This session will outline the National Curriculum for music as it currently stands and will ask fellow course members to bring along and share repertoire that they have used or would like to use in classes. Games and activities can be shared and discussed so that course members can go home with a bank of ideas for the future.
Dance music in a Dalcroze class:
Andrew Davidson
Wednesday 14.30 – 16.00
This workshop explores ways of using dance repertoire to promote physical and spatial analysis of musical pattern, form, and phrase. From ballet to electronica, from children to adult learners, we can bring physicality to our teaching with music intended for movement.