Dalcroze Courses

Forthcoming courses in 2023

Dalcroze UK International Spring Course

2 – 5 April 2023 (Manchester, United Kingdom)

Places are still available for Dalcroze UK’s International Spring Course, which takes place each year at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, United Kingdom.

Tutors on the course include: Dr Karin Greenhead, Jacqueline Vann, Kaye Barker, Ruth Jones and our international guest teacher Eugenia Arus.

A typical day will include a movement warm up and classes in rhythmics, aural training & improvisation. All teaching is underpinned with the philosophy that learning is best achieved through movement.

Each afternoon participants are able to attend workshops in a variety of topics related to the method of Dalcroze Eurhythmics.

Contact Sandi Smith for more details on admin@dalcroze.org.uk

Click here for more information. https://dalcroze.org.uk/event/spring-into-dalcroze-2023/

Dalcroze UK International Summer School

13 – 18 August 2023 (Chichester, United Kingdom)

We are delighted to be collaborating with the European String Teachers Association (ESTA UK) this year for our International Summer School at the University of Chichester!

This 5-day long course, with a full-board residential option, includes an exciting timetable of classes and workshops with opportunities to network with colleagues attending the ESTA course!

o Find out about Dalcroze

o Delve deeper into Dalcroze

o Enrich your current studies in Dalcroze

o Observe Dalcroze as applied to many other areas of music… and much more

…over five days you will work with some of the best international and national Dalcroze teachers which include: Dr Karin Greenhead, Jacqueline Vann, Kaye Barker, Monica Wilkinson & international guest teacher tbc.

To register contact Sandi Smith on admin@dalcroze.org.uk

Dalcroze Moves 2 – Non-residential course

26 – 27th October 2023 (London, United Kingdom)

The second Dalcroze Moves Course will take place on Thursday 26th & Friday 27th October 2023 in West London. The venue is St. Andrew’s Church Centre, Mount Park Road, Ealing, London W5 2RS.

The venue is close to Ealing Broadway Station which is on the Elizabeth Line, Central & District lines. There is free parking on site.

Each day will begin at 9.0 am with registration and end at 5.0 pm. The course will include rhythmics, aural training and improvisation classes. Below is a sample timetable…please note that the actual timetable may be slightly different from this example!

Tutors will include Kaye Barker & Mary Price-O’Connor with guest tutor to be announced!

Cost for two days:

£195/£180 Early Bird (August 31st)

Students & Seniors £185/£170 Early Bird

Cost for one day:

£100/£90 Early Bird

Students & Seniors £90/£80

Contact Kaye at dalcrozemoves@gmail.com for more information.

See below for comments on the first Dalcroze Moves course which took place in October 2022

I just wanted to tell you … how much I enjoyed the day. It was perfect for me-just my level! You and Michael managed to make us feel successful even though we have limited traditional music training. – S

What a cracking course! – M

The teaching was exceptionally good .  We kept using whole body movement to  explore the elements of music in an  active and social way. – B


Workshops at the Dalcroze International Easter Course 2019, held at the Royal Northern College of Music on 10 April 2019 © Chantal Guevara

Mary Price O’Connor Professional Certificate Dalcroze Eurhythmics (UK), BA (Hons), PGCE (Guildhall)

Mary is a teacher and interdisciplinary artist working with sound, music, movement, and text.

She studied music at Dartington College of Arts and began her Dalcroze Eurhythmics studies in 2008. She gained her Professional Certificate in Dalcroze Eurhythmics in the UK in 2013 and is currently studying for the Licence in Dalcroze Eurhythmics.

After leaving Dartington Mary worked as a violinist, composer, and performer in London. She became a silent film accompanist in 2003 and currently plays with the band “Selkie”. She teaches Dalcroze Eurhythmics to primary school children in London and at the String & Brass Training Programme at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has taught for several years on Dalcroze UK Courses where she has inspired adults with her knowledge and direction of creative movement.

Mary’s theatre work has included an appearance in the short dance film premiered on BBC4 “We are Ready Now” which was made by dancer and choreographer Jack Thompson. She was a member of the original cast of “Christmas at the Snow Globe” in December 2019 appearing as an actor/musician and in December 2020 took part in the Shakespeare’s Globe film. In June 2022 Mary performed in Resolution festival at The Place London as an interdisciplinary artist.

Mary taught and participated in collaborative pieces online throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and has continued to develop her ongoing research project “The Moving Theatre Lab”. 

Kaye Barker Diplôme Supérieur Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva, BA (Oxon), MA (Ed), PGCE

Kaye began her Dalcroze Eurhythmics studies in 2008 and gained her Professional Certificate with Dalcroze UK in 2012 and her Licence in 2017. She completed the Diplôme Supérieur in December 2021 after study at the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva, Switzerland.

Before starting her Dalcroze studies Kaye was a professional violinist and member of the BBC Philharmonic. After this she joined the Bridge String Quartet, which performed on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. In 2008 Kaye became a classroom teacher and was Head of Music in Gumley House School FCJ until 2018. During this time, she was the leader of Garden Opera.

Since 2018 Kaye has focused on teaching Dalcroze Eurhythmics in a range of contexts. She teaches on the String & Brass Training Programme at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and gives workshops in Dalcroze Eurhythmics for professional musicians and teachers throughout England. She was teacher and Artistic Director of the Dalcroze UK Easter Course in 2019 and teaches on Dalcroze UK’s Spring Courses & Summer Schools. She also teaches regularly for the Dalcroze UK’s Teacher Training programme.

Since finishing her Diplôme studies Kaye has set up rhythmics classes for adults, led Taster Days, sessions and workshops and organised a new course for the Foundation Award training (DEIEB) with Dalcroze UK. This runs as a hybrid of in-person weekly sessions and online sessions. The next course is scheduled from September 2023 – May 2024.

News of past courses…

Dalcroze Australia Summer Scene Jan 2023

Dalcroze Australia held their first summer course since 2019 in Melbourne in January 2023. It was a joyous week during which around 30 participants enjoyed working with each other and rediscovering the advantages of ‘in-person’ sessions! Tutors included Dr Sandra Nash, who holds the Diplôme Supérieur in Dalcroze Eurhythmics and who is Director of Studies of the Dalcroze Eurhythmics International Examination Board (DEIEB) for Australia, Jerison Harper-Lee, who graduated from the Masters course at the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, Katherine Smith, candidate for the Licence (DEIEB) and President of Dalcroze Australia and myself. Madeline Hagon joined us on the last day to introduce students to the method on the Taster Day and Jane Andrewartha took the morning movement warm-up sessions.

I was very excited to be asked to teach on this course and delivered most of my lessons to a very enthusiastic and responsive group, both in the large space (Rhythmics) and the smaller spaces for Aural Training and Improvisation. It was also wonderful to deliver Improvisation sessions in the Dalcroze way to those new to the method.

The course ended with a ‘show and tell’ slot when we sang Tavener’s ‘The Lamb’ and performed Reich’s Clapping Music to the audience. The afternoon also included a clarinet performance by Licence candidate, Katherine Smith who gave, with her accompanist Cindy Fox an impressive 20 minute recital including music by Brahms, Stravinsky, Peter Sculthorpe and Ross Edwards. There was also a presentation to mark the 50th anniversary of Dalcroze Australia with cake and fizz to follow! What a wonderful end to a great course!

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