Tension and Relaxation: Connecting Music Therapy to Music Education
This session will explore the emotional connections that result from music and purposeful movement. Musical elements, such as phrasing, tension & relaxation, rubato, dynamics and meter will be connected to movement and improvised and composed music. Participants will work in large and small movement ensembles to express the musical elements. Handouts will provide extensions on the activities as well as repertoire lists.
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.