Dalcroze Courses

Dalcroze Moves 24th – 26th October 2022 (Non-residential course in West London)

This three day course is an exploration of Dalcroze Eurhythmics at two levels! Monday will be for those new to the method and Tuesday & Wednesday for those with some experience. Tutors will lead sessions in rhythmics, aural training, improvisation and creative movement. I am delighted to welcome Michael Schnack from Vienna as tutor on this course and also Mary Price-O’Connor from London.

Why not come on the course and combine it with a trip to London? Ealing is within 20 – 30 minutes of the centre of London with its sights and theatres: visit the Tower of London, London Eye, St. Paul’s Cathedral, The South Bank, Wigmore Hall and theatre land where you can catch the city’s West End shows!

Students from the Dalcroze UK International Spring Course 2022 (Royal Northern College of Music) Photo – Kaye Barker

Venue: St. Andrew’s Church Centre, Mount Park Road, Ealing, London, W5 2RS

St Aidan’s Hall – venue for 25th & 26th October 2022

The venue is close to Ealing Broadway station which is on the Central tube line, Elizabeth line and easily accessible from London Heathrow. There are budget hotels nearby https://www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/500/London-Ealing-hotel & https://www.premierinn.com/gb/en/hotels/england/greater-london/london/london-ealing.html?cid=GLBC_LONEAL

Schedule

Monday 24th October 9:0 – 5:0 pm – Taster Day

This day is for those new to Dalcroze Eurhythmics. The day will include a spoken introduction to Dalcroze Eurhythmics followed by sessions in rhythmics, aural training and improvisation. Tea & Coffee will be provided but participants will need to bring their own lunch or visit one of the local cafés or restaurants near by.

Tues & Wed 25th & 26th October 9:0-5:0pm – Dalcroze Moves Two Day Course

These two days are for those with some experience of Dalcroze (Foundation/Intermediate level DEIEB) and open to anyone who would like to refresh their skills. Classes will be in English but Michael speaks fluent German and Kaye & Michael have good knowledge of French. Let me know if English is not your first language. Each day will include a movement class, rhythmics, aural training and either improvisation or a choir session.

Tutors

Michael Schnack Candidate Diplôme Supérieur Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva, BA in Music (Yale), MA and DMA in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy (Iowa)

Michael began his Dalcroze Eurhythmics studies in 2008 and gained his Professional Certificate with Jack Stevenson in Pennsylvania in 2016 and his Licence in 2019. He began his studies for the Diplôme Supérieur in October 2021 at the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva, Switzerland (expected completion, December 2022).

After his undergraduate studies and a study semester in Moscow, Michael moved to Vienna in 1990.  He began working as a free-lance repetiteur and musical director in Vienna and has, over the past thirty years, directed many musical theater, operetta and opera productions in Austria and Germany — most recently an open-air production of “The King and I” at the 6500-seat Seefestspiele Mörbisch.

Michael is also an award-winning composer of vocal, choral, and musical theater works, many of which have been professionally produced in Vienna and environs.

Michael has served as Artistic Director for the Performing Arts Studios Vienna (1993-2009), as Director of Choral Studies and Voice Area Coordinator at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania (2012-2016), and as Deparment Chair for Musical Theater at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna (2016-2021).  He currently serves as Lecturer in Dalcroze Eurythmics at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

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

Kaye Barker – Photo by Peter Knowles

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 2000 Kaye became Head of Strings for Ealing Music Service then in 2008 she became a classroom teacher and was Head of Music in Gumley House School FCJ 2011 – 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 is organising a new course for the Foundation Award training (DEIEB) with Dalcroze UK. This will run as a hybrid of in-person weekly sessions and online sessions and starts in September 2022.

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

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

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”. 

Fees – Please pay in full and in sterling!

Dalcroze Moves Taster Day (24th October 9:00 – 5:00 pm)

£110/Early Bird £100

Students & Seniors £90/£80 (if booked by 31st July 2022)

Dalcroze Moves (25th – 26th October 9:00 – 5:00 pm both days)

£190/Early Bird £180

Students & Seniors £170 (if booked by 31st July 2022)

EARLY BIRD DATE – 31ST JULY 2022

To register your interest and/or to book please email Kaye at kaye.barker@ntlworld.com

Dalcroze UK Summer School 2022

I’m delighted to announce that I will be teaching on this course!

8 – 12 August 2022 in Cardiff, Wales, UK at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (https://www.rwcmd.ac.uk/node/1) situated in the heart of a beautiful city.

Dalcroze UK International Summer School 2022!

Please get in touch with Sandi Smith admin@dalcroze.org.uk to find out more and to make your booking.

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