Infusing Dalcroze Eurhythmics into the Choral Classroom
This hands-on session will provide movement exercises and techniques rooted in the Dalcroze philosophy to enhance the choral experience. A choral educator’s practice is full of complexities including teaching large numbers of students a multitude of skills, concepts, and behaviors. Dalcroze Eurhythmics can serve as an effective tool in efficiently reaching students to achieve the most musical product and engage students in meaningful ways. The three main goals of the session are rhythmic integrity, which sets the foundation for all musically artistic endeavors, expressive singing, which connects the body and the soul of the singer, and social connection, which is at the heart of a choral program Specifically, focus activities, solfège activities, and applications to repertoire will be experienced A Dalcroze-infused choral rehearsal can bring new energy to the choir and provide new ways of learning for each choral singer.
Dr. David FregoDirector and Professor - Penn State University
David Frego is the Director of the Penn State University School of Music and past-president of the American Eurhythmics Society. He regularly presents workshops on Dalcroze Eurhythmics throughout the globe. While teacher training is a major part of Dr. Frego’s work, he also studies the effect of eurhythmics on adults affected by post-traumatic stress. David has published books, book chapters, DVDs and articles in music education journals and journals for arts medicine.
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.