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Early Childhood - Dalcroze Eurhythmics


Ages: 3 - 6 years old

Dalcroze Eurhythmics is a powerful and exciting way of knowing music through the body. Children use their body to explore rhythm, musical components and expression. The preschool and kindergarten years are an optimal time to explore the language of music through social and interactive methods which encourage creativity and musicality in a joyful way.

In collaboration with the Dalcroze School of the Rockies, we are pleased to offer classes for children ages 3-6.  Read more about the objectives of the class.

Founded on the work of Swiss musician and educator Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, the Dalcroze approach offers a discovery-based, joyful, independent and cooperative learning environment. The purposeful rhythmic movements and engaging activities prepare a student’s body as the instrument by increasing coordination, control, balance, attention, spatial awareness, active listening, and vocal precision. Eurhythmics classes provide a deep and solid preparation to begin instrumental study, as well as enhance the musical abilities of students who are already involved in instrumental instruction.  

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Class Schedule and Fees

  • Eurhythmics I (ages 3 - 4 1/2 years)
    • Saturdays, 9:00 - 9:45am
  • Eurhythmics II (ages 4 1/2 - 6)
    • Saturdays, 9:45 - 10:30am
  • Eurhythmics I for new students (ages 3 - 4 1/2 years)
    • Saturdays, 11:30am - 12:15pm
  • Dates
    • Winter 2020 - 8 sessions
      • 1/11, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14
  • Tuition for 8 sessions
    • $180 (single student)
    • $135 (each student sibling discount)
  • Location
    • DePaul University School of Music, Lincoln Park Campus
    • Holtschneider Performance Center, 2330 N. Halsted St.

Rhythmic Solfège Description - Class Time TBD

The fun and joy of Dalcroze class will continue in Rhythmic-Solfège, a course based on discovery learning to prepare students for current or future instrumental study. Note-reading on the staff, sight-singing, and rhythm reading will be specifically addressed each week. A metallophone (small portable xylophone) and a music workbook will be used for each week’s class.

Experience will deepen through weekly assignments and at-home home practice with parents. Parents will attend the first 15 minutes of class each week to review homework from the previous week. Both parents and child are asked to practice at least 10 minutes each day, 5 days each week. This will build a foundation for commitment to practicing and leaning an instrument. Parents who don’t read music can learn and enjoy musical study right along with their child.

Please Note: Metallophone will be available for purchase.