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Dalcroze UK Taster Day

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

Dalcroze Eurhythmics is a unique way to learn the language of music through movement.

We invite you to come and find out the benefits of Dalcroze Eurhythmics – for you and for your teaching!

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)

This taster day invites you to experience Dalcroze Rhythmics, Improvisation and Solfege classes for yourself. There will also be a presentation on Dalcroze in a number of Educational contexts.

Your Teachers

Margaretta Burrell: As an Early Childhood Music specialist and Music Therapist Margareta has worked in a wide variety of settings. Initially she trained as a primary school teacher (Switzerland), Dalcroze specialist (Licence, InstituteJaques-Dalcroze, Geneva) and oboist, (PGCE (Music, Scotland) and later as a Music therapist (Bristol University). After some years building a private music practice for young children in Glasgow, she worked as a music therapist in a SEND school (Canterbury) and was part of the CAMHS Team (Dover). For twelve years, at the Thomas Coram Centre (London), she was able to use her skills both as an Early Childhood Music Specialist and a Music Therapist. She then went on to lead the Early Years Team at Berkshire Maestros (Music Hub). Since retirement in Canterbury, she has completed an MA at CREC (Birmingham City University, 2021) in Early Childhood Music Education. “Stepping into Music “was anaccredited national training course for Early Years music teaching (Dalcroze based), which she co-directed. She has run training workshops for many organisations at conferences in Great Britain and abroad. As a Trustee of MERYC England, she is still involved in conferences, seminars and training for Early Childhood Music Educators.


Anita Memmott: Anita gained a B.A in Performing Arts from Kent University and built up a music school with her husband in East Kent. Her M.A in the Expressive Arts in Education, allowed her to develop her knowledge and skills in the delivery of the Expressive Arts in the Primary School sector.

A chance encounter led to a fascination with the Dalcroze approach to music education. She then trained asa Dalcroze teacher (Certificate Dalcroze UK), and now teaches Dalcroze on the String Training Programme at Junior Guildhall in London. She also works as a music specialist in three state primary schools, where she delivers curriculum music and runs the choirs and musical ensembles. She teaches piano at Junior King’s in Canterbury and in her own, thriving private practice. She leads CPD sessions for Dalcroze UK, Kent Music and other Music Services on Early Years and Primary school music teaching.


9:30 – Registration

10:00 – Let’s get moving! An introduction to Rhythmics.

11:00 – Refreshments

11:15 – Presentation -What is Dalcroze? Philosophy, Principles Application.

12:15- Lunch ( Please bring your own)

1:00 – Improvisation -An introduction through movement, the voice and percussion.

2:00 -Workshop -Teaching Music to the young child

3:00 – Refreshments

3:20 – Aural training the Dalcroze way

4:20 – Question and Answer session

4:45 – 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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