Dalcroze Eurhythmics (MU 524) is a graduate-level, three-credit elective course designed for classroom music teachers and/or music therapists seeking experiential, movement-based strategies and techniques to strengthen student learning, hearing, literacy, creativity, expressivity, and overall musicianship. Students will be introduced to the philosophy and instructional approach of Émile Jaques-Dalcroze (1865-1950). Components of the course include:
- Eurhythmics and Movement
- Solfège Rhythmique
- Improvisation (instrument, movement, vocal, text)
- Plastique Animée for the classroom
- Pedagogy Application for grades K-5
Classroom music teachers will learn how to apply the principles of Dalcroze and create effective, age-appropriate lesson activities and plans for immediate use with students, while at the same time strengthening their individual musicianship and movement. Students will have the opportunity to experience and reflect on pedagogical benefits and challenges through a Teaching Lab with elementary-aged children during Week Two.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
No instruction on June 16 or 17.
Textbooks and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- Rhythm and Movement: Applications of Dalcroze Eurhythmics (Summy-Birchard, Inc.)
Dr. Bonnie Schaffhauser Jacobi is assistant professor of Music Education at Colorado State University. For twenty-one years, she has been a music education specialist teaching students of all ages throughout Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Texas. She has directed thirteen children's choirs that have performed at professional venues such as the Houston Ballet, the Houston Symphony, and Miami City Ballet. In 2008, she founded the Meadows Community Youth Chorus in Dallas for elementary-aged children without music in their schools.
Dr. Jacobi holds music degrees from the University of Houston (D.M.A. in Music Education), the University of Texas at Austin (M.M. in Piano Performance), and Mount Holyoke College (B.A. in Music). She holds Kodály Certification through training programs at Indiana University and McNeese State University, as well as a Dalcroze Certificate from the American Eurhythmics Society. Dr. Jacobi has also trained at Carnegie-Mellon University's International Dalcroze Institute, The Juilliard School's Abramson-Dalcroze Institute, the Dalcroze School of the Rockies, and the TCU/Van Cliburn Piano Institute in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to her arrival at Colorado State, Dr. Jacobi taught at Southern Methodist University and the University of Houston. She has published articles in Music Educators Journal, American Music Teacher, Southwestern Musician, Texas Music Teacher, the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, General Music Today, and the Kodály Envoy, and presents actively as a clinician and lecture-recitalist. Dr. Jacobi currently serves on the Editorial Board for Music Educators Journal.
At CSU, Dr. Jacobi is the area coordinator for Music Education and teaches undergraduate and graduate coursework in Music Education. She also directs the Colorado Kodály Institute, and serves as a faculty advisor for CSU's Collegiate CNAfME Chapter.