What is your best teaching memory of Dalcroze?
The Dalcroze UK professional training in south London offers intensive weekends where musicians and teachers gather on a regular basis to develop skills, knowledge, and experience. In 2017-18, I had the pleasure of mentoring a group student-teachers through their Foundation year. This small ensemble was diverse, talented, responsive, inventive, and collaborative. The memory of that teaching year is one that stands out for me.
How do you see the future of Dalcroze in the UK?
Professional training needs to be accessible, reputable, attractive, and affordable. The global pandemic forced the education sector to be more flexible and exposed the barriers to entry. Big universities have marketing machines to handle this. But small-scale organisations could benefit from training members to have the right conversations with the right people at the right time to make a personal impact on student recruitment.
How do you see yourself using your Diplôme?
Before anything else, I must go to the IJD and collect the piece of paper! I feel fortunate to have completed the Diplôme as Sylvie Morgenegg retires as programme leader of the HEM degrees, and Silvia del Bianco retires as Director of the IJD. I’m publishing research articles on Dalcroze history, pedagogy, and applications, which gives me a great sense of achievement as I bring this challenging and rewarding chapter to a close.