Uniting Dalcroze Eurhythmics with Social Emotional Learning in the Choral Classroom

Participants will experience the five components of SEL – self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, responsible decision-making, and emotional behavior through the lens of purposeful movement. Dalcroze Eurhythmics serves as the vehicle for combining the physical, cognitive, and affective domains into meaningful experiences that support and strengthen the SEL philosophy. Joy and relaxation, as well as making personal, creative choices are foundational elements in a eurhythmics classroom. The component of “feeling” the rhythmic or expressive components in music are key objectives in the Dalcroze philosophy. Building community through small and large group activities will also be experienced in this session. Many of the activities may also be used in remote teaching situations.


Nov 12 2022


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Music Educators Conference


  • Dr. David Frego
    Dr. David Frego
    Director 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 Butke
    Dr. Marla Butke
    Otterbein 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.

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