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We are very pleased to be returning to the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama as the venue for our Summer School this year. Situated, conveniently, in the heart of Cardiff but overlooking the beautiful Bute Park, the college is perfectly situated for the 2019 International Dalcroze Summer School.  Liberty Severn Point, a short walk through the park, offers convenient, en-suite accommodation for all delegates on the residential rate. Click here to find out more about the accommodation (opens a word document).

Scroll to the bottom of the page to register. Discounts are available for students and members of Dalcroze UK! Click here to see all prices.

There is also a non-residential option or an opportunity to attend a taster day on 5th August so you can find out more about what we do.

This Dalcroze course is for you if you are:

  • a believer in the power of the arts
  • looking for a way to develop a deeper understanding of music
  • longing to explore new ways of being creative
  • a performer/artist who teaches
  • keen to develop new movement and/or vocal skills

On the 2019 Summer School you can:

  • Experience Dalcroze and discover how it can reinvigorate your practice
  • Make connections through creative exploration
  • Develop new musical and pedagogical understanding

Tutors Include:

  • Dalcroze Licence Holders: Monica Wilkinson, Kaye Barker & Andrew Davidson
  • Alison Daniels (voice)
  • Helen Gould (movement)
  • Yi-Ru Tsai


Early Years Workshops – Margareta Burrell & Helen Gould

Margareta Burrell will lead three Early Years workshops which will include interactive examples from Early Years practice around the theme of The Sea, underpinned and interjected with examples of pedagogy and Dalcroze principles. On Tuesday Helen Gould’s workshop will focus on movement and dance for Early Years.  Participants will have an opportunity to contribute ideas and reflect on appropriate Early Years activities.

There will be an emphasis on working within Early Years settings (Nurseries and Schools), as well as opportunities to share the realities of working in the Early Years world. Plus plenty of good ideas to take home…!

Session 1: Boats and Canoes

Session 2: Pebble Beach

Session 3: Dancing on the Sand (with Helen Gould)

Session 4: Water Fun

The Sea – Monica Wilkinson

Which music evokes the grandeur of the sea for you?  Do you have a favourite sea poem or story?  What about folksongs and visual art?   Come along with your ideas about our theme of The Sea.  Some ideas will be explored creatively in groups. These will be developed through the week and be used for our Grand Finale on Thursday morning.

Creativity inspired by the Chinese Language – Yi-Ru Tsai

Chinese is different from western languages in a number of ways. For example, each Chinese word is combined by different strokes with a specific order in a precise direction, which is comparable to a music score. The goal of this workshop is to use the different strokes and characters of the Chinese language as the starting point to inspire our imagination, in order to create an improvisation and movement performance

The Tutors

Yi-Ru Tsai

Yi-Ru TSAI was awarded the Diplôme Supérieur at Insitut Jaques-Dalcroze (IJD) in June 2019. She also holds a Masters in Composition in Taiwan (NTNU) and a Masters of Music Pedagogy in the method of Jaques-Dalcroze Eurhythmics in Geneva (HEM). . During her six years in Geneva (2013-2019), she has taught numerous classes at IJD including Eurhythmic classes for parent-enfant, children and seniors. While studying, Yi-Ru was awarded the Emile Jaques-Dalcroze Foundation prize for improvisation and the Altheia Foundation prize for the best artistic project.

Monica Wilkinson Mus B (hons) PGCE Dalcroze Licenciate (UK)

Passionate about music education in general and Dalcroze in particular, Monica Wilkinson’s experience extends through instrumental teaching, primary classroom music, chamber music coaching and Dalcroze training for adults and children.  She teaches violin and musicianship at St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh, leads Dalcroze-based musicianship training at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and leads Dalcroze workshops throughout Scotland and beyond.  She completed the Seniors training at IJD in 2016. Recent projects have included Spinning Songs, an intergenerational project for Scottish Opera, children’s workshop at Winterplay, Susan Tomes’ new chamber music festival, and teaching on a violin camp in Ukraine with Kateryna Zavalko.  She very much enjoyed teaching on Dalcroze Australia’s Summer School in January 2019.



Kaye Barker: Dalcroze Certificate: London; Dalcroze Licence: London; BA (Oxon)

Kaye is a professional violinist, classroom teacher and Dalcroze teacher based in London. She was a member of the BBC Philharmonic and the Bridge Quartet, which toured extensively & broadcast on BBC Radio 3, then became Head of Strings for Ealing Music Service. She is currently Head of Music at Gumley House School FCJ, in west London. She was a Junior Exhibitioner at the Royal College of Music and read Music at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University followed by postgraduate study at the Royal Northern College of Music. She gained a Masters Degree in Education in 2014. She teaches Dalcroze Eurhythmics on the String & Brass Training Programme at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Kaye was the recipient of the Jean Vincent prize.

Andrew Davidson – Dalcroze Certificate, (Australia), Dalcroze Licence & Master of Music (Dalcroze) Longy School of Music, USA

Andrew is an Australian theatre practitioner, musician, and teacher based in London. His work includes plays, musicals, and opera. Recent highlights include Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (GSA), Handel’s Xerxes (London) and Sondheim’s Into the Woods (Singapore). He is a Teaching Fellow at Guildford School of Acting, an Associate Lecturer at Drama Centre London and a Visiting Artist at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. Andrew is a theatre graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art, and a music graduate of the Universities of Sydney and New South Wales. His Dalcroze teachers have included Dr Sandra Nash (Sydney) and Lisa Parker (Boston). Andrew is the recipient of a Heather Gell Dalcroze Foundation grant and a Queen’s Trust Award.



Alison Daniels

Alison Daniels studied music at Pembroke College Cambridge and singing at the Royal Northern College of Music. Since completing her studies at the turn of the millennium, she has pursued a career as a freelance singer and teacher, and more recently as a choir trainer. Alison has sung and toured with the BBC Daily Service singers, and appeared as a soloist with the Halle Orchestra and the Manchester Camerata, as well as deputising in many of the professional church choirs in London. Alison is currently a full time alto lay clerk at Ely Cathedral; the first woman to hold such a post there.

Alison studied on the Dalcroze Certificate course with Karin Greenhead and Jacqueline Vann in Croydon between 2007 and 2008, and was awarded the Foundation Certificate in Dalcroze Eurythmics in 2014. She taught Rhythmics in Cambridge on the Stringmoves programme between 2008 and 2014.

As a teacher, Alison works with people of all ages and has a particular interest in coaching young choristers. She teaches the girls of Pembroke College choir in Cambridge and works with some of the choristers at Jesus College.

As a choir trainer, Alison is a regular tutor on the Cambridge Holiday Orchestra courses where she runs choir sessions for young people.

Alison is also the Music Director of St Ives Choral Society.


Helen Gould

Helen is a dance artist, theatre maker, choreographer and facilitator who has studied Dalcroze since 2012, participating in courses at Croyden, RNCM and the Dalcroze International Easter courses.

Helen is Co-director of LPM Dance Theatre which she co-established with George Adams in 2011. The company develops a new dance initiatives for a diverse range of contexts involving performance and participatory projects across the North West. Her own performance career has spanned the commercial and contemporary dance sector in contexts ranging from musical theatre, film and contemporary dance productions. Her choreography has toured nationally and been programmed at regional theatres including The Lowry, The Dukes Theatre, Oldham Coliseum and Chester Grosvenor Open Air Theatre.

Helen specializes in dance and inclusive practice. She is regional dance artist for English National Ballet, delivering their highly regarded dance for Parkinson’s programme in the North West and is a sought-after facilitator in the field of inclusive practice.

Helen has presented papers at the International Association of Dance Science and Medicine (2018, Helsinki) and will be presenting at the International Conference of Dalcroze Studies this coming year.

Margareta Burrell – Early Years Music Specialist: (Dalcroze Licence, PGCE Music Sec, Oboe Diploma, Music therapist)

Margareta trained as a Primary teacher in Switzerland, and qualified as a Licencée at the Institute Jaques-Dalcroze in Geneva, while also gaining a diploma in oboe. Her extensive experience with young children and music stretches over the last 40 years, first in Scotland (PGCE sec. music) then in England, where she also trained as a music therapist (Bristol University, 1995). Since then she has been working extensively in many different educational and therapeutic settings, including 12 years at Coram, London as a music leader and therapist. She was Co-Director for the national programmme for Early Years music specialists, called ‘Stepping into Music’ (Dalcroze based), as well as delivering workshops, presentations and training, both nationally and internationally.

Margareta was Head of the new Early Years programme at Berkshire Maestros (Music Hub), planning, expanding, promoting and raising awareness about the great benefits and importance of music making with young children.  She delivered the successful Pantomimus programme, alongside training  EY staff and KS1 teachers county wide.  Her focus included the work with parents and young children.

Over several years, Margareta also led community choirs, while enjoying busking with her accordion. She is currently planning an exciting, intergenerational programme.