Seminar 1 Melissa Tucker
Heart to Heart: Music & Movement for Seniors with Dementia
Participants will learn about the powerful impact of music and movement for individuals living with dementia. They will be offered a hands-on experience of Dalcroze-inspired activities that have been successful with seniors. Attendees will also learn what type of Dalcroze exercises are most effective in this setting and come away with specific, ready to use activities, as well as a model for beginning to create their own sessions. Participants will become aware of the growing need for skilled music professionals who are able to actively engage individuals living with memory loss.
Seminar 2 & 4 Dr. Paul Brust
Tonal Harmony: a Comprehensive Review I &II
Harmony is perhaps the most important parameter of tonal music (as we know it). It is capable of creating many types of expressions and emotions, and provides the balance of tension and relaxation within a musical composition. Tonal harmony also delineates phrase and formal structure. A profound understanding of how harmony is functioning at any given moment in a piece, no matter how simple or complex, is a necessity for all musicians.
Unfortunately, the harmony is often overlooked. This two-session class reviews chord qualities, harmonic functions, common harmonic progressions, cadences and modulations to closely related keys.
Session 1 covers diatonic harmony in major and minor keys.
Session 2 covers common chromatic chords in major and minor keys.
The goals of both sessions are to provide teachers with ways of thinking about harmony and to bolster their confidence in understanding how the harmony is functioning within any given piece. This knowledge can then be shared with their Dalcroze students.
Seminar 3 Hélène Nicolet
Dalcroze in the Primary School
During this seminar, I will present the fundamentals of Dalcroze eurhythmics in the context of primary school. We will discover some historic and organization elements, as well as some pedagogical specificities. I will also show few publications, like the study of plan, a communication sample, etc. After this short presentation, we will practice some exercises in relation with general teaching, like language, mathematics, culture, etc. We will watch a short video clip that shows this practice in Switzerland.
Seminar 5 Alissa Cardone
Living Anatomy Through Movement
In this 1.5 hour seminar, we will discuss fascia, what it is and how it’s fundamental to our freedom of movement, posture and how to analyze and monitor our postural habits and as time allows, touch on topics such as cellular awareness, developmental patterns, muscle function, balance and flexibility, and how to attend to injuries as well as prevent them. There will be time for questions and individual reflection.
Seminar 6 & 10 Ginny Latts
Pedagogy Seminars, I & II
Seminars will be relevant to both pre and post certificate Dalcroze participants. The seminars are designed for teachers who are preparing for and planning their certificate portfolio videos, as well as those who have already passed certificate videos and are seeking ideas, practice and feedback.
Based on Dalcroze principles and philosophy, students will participate in discussions, lesson planning and practice teaching of activities.
Pedagogy Seminar I: Given each teacher’s own unique style, what binds us together? Seminar I, will focus on renewing and reviewing Dalcroze philosophy and principles pertaining to frameworks for teaching and lesson-plan structure. Students will discuss and start to plan activities together and individually.
Pedagogy Seminar II: Opportunities will be provided during class, to discuss lesson-planning, practice teaching elements and activities and receive feedback.
Seminar 7 Melissa Tucker
Improvisation in the Private Studio
Have you ever wished you could incorporate improvisation in your private studio, but didn’t know where to begin? Do you offer improvisation to your private students yet need fresh ideas? If so, join us for this seminar which offers dynamic and inviting ways to engage your students in creating their own music. Improvisation is a living language which brings you directly into the flow of musical communication and, in the process, teaches you about the way music is put together: rhythm, melody, phrase, form, contrasts, articulation, and more.
Seminar 8 Ginny Latts
Dalcroze Portfolio Lab Seminar
The Dalcroze portfolio, as a Longy requirement for certification, is intended to give students the opportunity to explore and encompass the integration of many diverse Dalcroze elements and how articulate them – such as short definitions of Dalcroze subjects, establishing the long essay topic, songs, teaching materials, lesson plans and original compositions.
This process allows students and teachers of all levels, a chance to clarify concepts and integrate details of teaching and learning, while steeped in Dalcroze philosophy. The requirement is intended to be an exploration and summation of each teacher’s journey.
If you are close to completing your certification, finished or just curious about the portfolio process, this seminar is for you. Participants will see examples, gain insights and develop ideas and strategies on preparing, planning, compiling and writing portfolio elements.
Seminar 9 Dr. Ruth Alperson
Teaching Songs to Children for Movement, Improvisation, and Notation, the Dalcroze way
In this session, we will explore songs that inspire children to move, improvise, and–to notate! We will delve into strategies for teaching these songs, in and outside the classroom. This will be followed by a Q & A session.