Eurhythmics for the School Music Classroom (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.
Admission to the Master of Music Education program at CSU or another institution.
This course is also available as a noncredit option. See the ARLL 3006 course page if you want the content, but don't need the college credits.
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, and currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education. She enjoys working with Master’s of Music Education students at CSU, and MU 510 is one of her favorite courses to teach.