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What is Dalcroze Eurhythmics?


Dalcroze Eurhythmics is a process for awakening, developing and refining innate musicality through rhythmic movement, ear-training and improvisation.

The Dalcroze Method known as Eurhythmics is a unique approach to music learning developed by the Swiss composer and educator Emile Jaques-Dalcroze. The most significant and far-reaching innovation that Dalcroze brought to the learning process is the recognition that experiencing meaningful rhythmic movement associated with ear-training and improvisation facilitates and reinforces the understanding of music concepts, enhances musicianship and focuses awareness on the physical demands of artistic performance. When Dalcroze was asked to describe his method, he wrote that it was easy for him to explain how he conceived the idea, to quote the results and to demonstrate some of the exercises, but to obtain a better understanding of the method, personal experience was essential.


Dr. Annabelle Joseph

Professor Emerita, Director Emerita of the Marta Sanchez Dalcroze Training Center

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Dr. Annabelle Joseph is a Professor in the School of Music and Director of the Marta Sanchez Dalcroze Training Center. She teaches Dalcroze Eurhythmics at undergraduate and graduate levels and to senior citizens. She holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon, MM from Duquesne University, DA from Carnegie Mellon, Dalcroze License from the Dalcroze School of Music, NY and Dalcroze Diplome from the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze Geneva, Switzerland. 

As a Fellow in the Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon, she has been involved in educational research including Piano Tutor, an intelligent tutoring system for teaching beginning piano and Rhythm Project, an interdisciplinary course exploring the role of rhythm in the arts and beyond. She is a past president of the Dalcroze Society of America and consults and gives Dalcroze workshops throughout the United States and abroad.


Stephen Neely

Instructor in Eurhythmics, Director of the Marta Sanchez Dalcroze Training Center

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Stephen Neely, Carnegie Mellon Artist Lecturer in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Dalcroze License, and past President of the Dalcroze Society of America, is a conductor, teacher, singer, and clinician. He is the Associate Director of the Marta Sanchez Dalcroze Training Center and Director of the Pre-College programs at Carnegie Mellon School of Music. He teaches Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Dalcroze Pedagogy, and Vocal Methods for the Carnegie Mellon School of Music and Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Private Voice, and directs the Opera Workshop at Pittsburgh's High School for the Creative and Performing Arts.  He is the Artistic Director of the Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and was a featured speaker at TEDxCMU 2012. Mr. Neely was featured as the Hangman in Leonardo Balada’s early operas Hangman, Hangman and the world premiere of The Town of Greed for the Naxos label and served as Chorusmaster for Opera Theater of Pittsburgh from 1999 - 2010. He enjoys traveling to present hands-on workshops and clinics in the US and around the globe focusing on the overlaps between music, the body, esthetics, performance, and experience.

Stephen Neely is currently a candidate for the PhD in Experience Design at the Carnegie Mellon School of Design.

 "My research focuses on the physical nature of experience—that is, the ways in which our physical presence/bodies are necessary components of any experience. I am interested in ‘what is heavy’, ‘shifts of weight’, ‘the knowing body’, and the ways that we might reveal, study, and design at the level of the root physical realities of experience."