Dalcroze Eurhythmics is a noncredit 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.
This course is also available as a credit option. See the MU524 course page if you are obtaining a degree and need the credits!
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.)
Mr. Fritz Anders teaches Eurhythmics for the Jeffco school district where he is the music teacher at Green Gables Elementary School. Additionally, Mr. Anders serves as organist and choir director at St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church in Denver, Colorado. Formerly, Mr. Anders taught in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he taught both music and dance--ballet and modern/Horton technique at Santa Fe High School. Mr. Anders earned his graduate certification in Dalcroze Eurhythmics from the Juilliard School in New York City and is a master teaching artist for the American Eurhythmics Society. He has taught Eurhythmics throughout the western United States for over twenty years. He is a frequent clinician for curriculum workshops within the Jeffco school district and a sought-after clinician for pedagogy workshops nationally and internationally.
Dr. Jacobi is associate professor of Music Education at Colorado State University. Prior to her arrival at CSU, she taught on the faculties of Southern Methodist University and the University of Houston. For more than twenty years, Dr. Jacobi has taught music to children throughout Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Texas. She has directed thirteen children’s choirs and in 2008 founded the Meadows Community Youth Chorus in Dallas for elementary-aged children without school music programs. Dr. Jacobi holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Education from the University of Houston, a Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Mount Holyoke College. She is a Master Teaching Artist for the American Eurhythmics Society, where she earned her Eurhythmics Certificate, and directs the Colorado Kodály Institute at Colorado State University. Dr. Jacobi is an active clinician and has published articles in Music Educators Journal, General Music Today, the Kodály Envoy, and the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education. Additionally, she has served on the Advisory Board and Editorial Board of Music Educators Journal. She enjoys working with Master’s of Music Education students at CSU, and MU 510 is one of her favorite courses to teach.