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What is Dalcroze Eurhythmics?

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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.

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Dr. Annabelle Joseph

Professor of Music, Director 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.

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Stephen Neely

Artist Lecturer in Eurhythmics, Associate Director of the Marta Sanchez Dalcroze Training Center

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Stephen Neely, Dalcroze License, Carnegie Mellon Artist Lecturer in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, and past President of the Dalcroze Society of America, is a conductor, teacher, clinician, and performer enjoying principal and comprimario roles with opera and musical theater companies throughout the region. 

He holds a BFA in Vocal Performance, and a MM in Music Education from Carnegie Mellon University. He teaches Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Vocal Methods for the Carnegie Mellon School of Music and is the Director of the Carnegie Mellon School of Music Pre-College program. 

Mr. Neely is the Assistant Director of the Carnegie Mellon Marta Sanchez Dalcroze Training Center, and the committee chair for a new joint program between the Institute Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva and CMU. The institutions are collaborating on a new joint degree: a DMA in Dalcroze Pedagogy/ Diplome Superior. He teaches Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Private Voice, and directs the Opera Chorus at Pittsburgh's High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Mr. Neely was featured as the Hangman in Leonardo Balada’s early opera Hangman, Hangman and the world premiere of The Town of Greed for the Naxos label. He is Chorus Master for the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh and enjoys traveling to present workshops and clinics to schools, universities, and music organizations around the globe from PA to CA, the USA to Jakarta, Indonesia.