Becca Spencer – Lead for Membership
Becca is a passionate Dalcroze teacher. She trained in Dalcroze and Viola Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music. She was awarded a distinction in both her Dalcroze and Instrumental studies. Since leaving college in 2007, Becca has taught weekly Dalcroze class to children aged 4-18yrs on various programmes, in schools, conservatoires and her own independent programmes. She taught at Junior RNCM and the RNCM’s Young Strings programme for 11years, and at Yorkshire Young musicians in Leeds for 5 years. In 2008 she set up Manchester Young Musicians, offering independent Dalcroze musicianship classes which really expanded and flourished over the years. Becca moved to Bristol in 2019 to live with her wife and has set up a new Dalcroze presence, teaching at Junior Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. Becca has developed many strategies to integrate Dalcroze into her string pedagogy and teaching. She has been invited to teach Dalcroze on many nationally renowned string residential courses, and since 2014 Becca has been on the faculty for the prestigious international violin course, New Virtuosi. Becca is currently taking further training, studying on the Dalcroze Licence course, striving to deepen her own musicianship and teaching. For the last 11 years, Becca has also been the viola player in the Unthanks, a contemporary folk band. They were nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2009, won Best Album at the BBC Folk Awards in 2016, and are the only British folk representation in The Guardian’s and Uncut’s best albums of the last decade.
Becca joined the Board of Trustees to facilitate growth and development in the Dalcroze field across the UK. With 12 years of regular Dalcroze teaching under her belt, she is passionate to share her future vision for Dalcroze and to help instigate deeper integration with other sectors of the Music Education scene. Becca has really got to know many in the Dalcroze community through her work. With a deep belief that greater things can come from working together, Becca is keen to bring about more established communication and support for fellow colleagues.
Dr Karin Greenhead – Director of Studies
Holds the Diplôme Supérieur of the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze (IJD), Geneva and is Director of Studies for Dalcroze UK and Co-Director of Studies for the Dalcroze Eurythmics International Examination Board (DEIEB). Karin trained at the Royal College of Music, London as a pianist/violinist/harpsichordist and subsequently as a singer. She has performed in all these capacities and her performing experience has informed her teaching of Dalcroze Eurhythmics. She has developed Dynamic Rehearsal, an application of Dalcroze principles to the rehearsal and performance of repertoire which has been demonstrated worldwide with children, amateur and professional players and singers and is the subject of her doctoral thesis.
Karin teaches at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and at TrinityLaban, London and has a well-established international practice. Her teaching experience includes teaching in nursery, primary and secondary schools but the main focus of her teaching in recent years has been on the training of professional musicians and Dalcroze teachers. Author of a growing number of publications, she is a frequent presenter at conferences, a member of the Collège of the IJD and a founder member of the scientific committee of the International Conference of Dalcroze Studies (ICDS).