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Includes: Refreshments (Tea/Coffee)
Please bring your own lunch!

Dalcroze Eurhythmics is a method of music education that was created by Jacques Dalcroze in the late Nineteenth and early
Twentieth Century. It can be described as music through movement.

It remains relevant today as a pedagogical approach and has been adapted to the requirements of modern educational principles. It lends itself very favourably to the child’s natural instinct to move and explore the world through many senses.

It is also used in many contexts including Early years Music Education, Music with Seniors, Music for Children and Adults with additional learning needs, Music Therapy and also in the training of dancers and actors.

There are three core areas which are developed in all Dalcroze training. These are:


The physical embodiment of music.


A way for students to explore and express musical and other artistic concepts, thereby liberating their creativity and gaining an understanding of a range of musical processes


Development of Aural training and inner hearing through movement (pitch, rhythm, phrasing and form)

The taster day invites you to experience Dalcroze Rhythmics, Improvisation and Solfege classes for yourself.


Polly Orr-Ewing gained a BA in Music from Manchester University specialising in performance before moving to Spain with her husband where they lived for 20 years. Alongside bringing up a family in Spain, Polly taught the violin, early years music and directed choirs and chamber ensembles. Polly also performed regularly in Spain with her piano trio and string quartet and set up two music schools for children in rural villages in Andalucia.

Polly first encountered Dalcroze Eurythmics whilst on a Colorstrings summer school and was instantly fascinated with this way of experiencing and teaching music. She subsequently attended many Dalcroze summer schools and gained her professional certificate soon after the family moved to England in September 2013.

Since then, Polly has completed a Masters in Music Therapy and is currently expanding her professional life as a music teacher and freelance violinist to include music therapy work. Polly has recently enrolled on the Dalcroze License course and is hoping to find ways to link her Dalcroze skills with her therapeutic work.


9:30 – Registration
10:00 – What is Dalcroze? Principles & Applications
10:30 – Refreshments
11:00 – Rhythmics
12:30 – Lunch ( Please bring your own)
1:15 – Improvisation
2:15 – Refreshments
2:45 – Solfa/Ear Training
3:45 – Question and Answer session.
4:00 – Close

Participants should wear loose clothing that is comfortable to move in. Please be prepared to work barefoot or with socks with rubber grips underneath.


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