School of Music > Community Music > Programs > Pre-College > Dalcroze Eurhythmics
The DePaul early childhood program is designed to give children a positive beginning musical experience that lays the foundation for a lifelong enjoyment of music. Classes are taught in a relaxed, playful, non-performance-oriented setting. In addition to gaining important skills for further study, children introduced to music in their early years develop coordination, concentration, motivation, and self-confidence. Our instructor, Dr. Eunjin Lee, is a certified Dalcroze teacher and Dalcroze License candidate who has extensive experience working with young children.
Dalcroze Eurhythmics is a powerful and exciting way to experience music through purposeful body movement. Students develop a rhythmic vocabulary of motions by walking, running, skipping, jumping, and using imaginative gestures that match the music they are singing or hearing. Engaging class activities include active listening, singing, and improvisation.
Founded on the work of Swiss musician and educator Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, Dalcroze Eurhythmics is internationally recognized as a discovery-based and process-oriented approach to music learning. Eurhythmics (literally meaning 'good rhythm') classes provide a deep and solid preparation for beginning instrumental instruction and enhance the musical abilities of students who are already involved in their studies.
Experience-based and socially interactive music education are core tenets of a Dalcroze Eurhythmics education. In collaboration with the Dalcroze School of the Rockies, we are pleased to offer classes for children, ages 4-8.
Winter classes start Saturday, January 16, 2021
Eurhythmics I for new students (ages 4 - 6 years)
Saturdays, 9:00 - 9:45am
Eurhythmics III for returning students (ages 4 - 6 years)
Saturdays, 9:45 - 10:30am
The fun and joy of Dalcroze classes 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 learning an instrument. Parents who don’t read music can learn and enjoy musical study right along with their child.
Open to students who have completed all three previous levels, or comparable experience, and recommendation by the instructor.