Dalcroze Eurhythmics in the General Music Classroom
This session will give participants the opportunity to experience eurhythmics activities appropriate for the general music classroom. Teaching rhythmic integrity and expressivity will be the focus of the session as we explore the main tenets of the Dalcroze philosophy. Blending this approach with other music education methodologies, creating a culture of movement, space considerations, and piano improvisation will be also addressed. Meaningful movement enables students to have joyful musical experiences that unite the body, mind, and soul.
Dr. Marla ButkeOtterbein University - Retired
Marla Butke, Ph.D., recently retired from Otterbein University where she directed the Women’s Chorale and taught General Music and Choral Methods, holds degrees from Miami University, Wright State University and The Ohio State University. She is a Master Teaching Artist with the American Eurhythmics Society and serves as the President of the Board of AES. Dr. Butke regularly presents Dalcroze Eurhythmics workshops throughout the United States and internationally, including presentations in Spain, China, and England, and for the American Choral Directors Association National and Central/North Central Regional Conferences, as well as other national and state music education conferences. Dr. Butke and co-author, Dr. David Frego, have written two books, Meaningful Movement: A Music Teacher’s Guide to Dalcroze Eurhythmics, published by Music is Elementary and Dalcroze Eurhythmics in the Choral Classroom published by the Hal Leonard Corporation.