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Frequently Asked Questions

Registration and Advanced Planning

Classes, Coursework, and Exams

Facilities, Housing, and Meals

Transportation In and Around Pittsburgh

International Students

Registration and Advanced Planning

Is prior Dalcroze experience required for Workshop participation?
Classes will be taught at Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels. No prior Dalcroze experience is necessary.

What is included in the registration fee?
The registration fee includes a Conference T-shirt, group photo, opening reception, continental breakfast on Monday, Tuesday evening folk dancing, and two evening picnics. Participants may observe the children's Eurhythmics classes in the CMU Music Preparatory School on Saturday mornings. Additionally, one-week and three-week participants may attend the Music and the Brain Workshop.

How do I apply for continuing education credit, such as PA Act 48?
Carnegie Mellon is an approved provider for Pennsylvania Act 48.

Please check with your institution or district for specific continuing education requirements. To apply credits earned toward the PA Act 48 requirements, contact us at

What forms of payment will Carnegie Mellon accept?

Carnegie Mellon accepts Visa, MasterCard, check or money order (USD). Check or money order (USD) must be payable to 'Carnegie Mellon School of Music', with 'Dalcroze Workshop' on the memo line and should be mailed to:

Dalcroze Training Center
School of Music
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890

How will I receive confirmation of my registration?
Confirmation of payment and completed registration will be sent to you directly by email within two business days after payment is received.

Is financial aid available?
Scholarships are available through the Dalcroze Society of America. Participants may apply for grant money through foundations and professional music organizations of their choosing.

What is the cancellation policy?
Participants who withdraw before the first day of classes will receive a full refund minus a $100.00 nonrefundable registration fee. Participants who withdraw on or after the first day of classes will not receive a refund.

Will there be special evening events?
Every year there is an Opening Event and Reception at 7:30PM on the Sunday before the program in the College of Fine Arts, Alumni Concert Hall

International Folk Dancing the first Tuesday evening of the program

Evening Picnics on the first and third Thursdays of the program at 6:30PM at chez Neely

Are events planned for the weekends?
Weekends are free for relaxation, practice, shopping, or sightseeing. Go to for information on the Pittsburgh area.

All one-week and three-week participants are invited to attend the Music and the Brain Workshop at no additional fee. 

Additionally, one-week and three-week participants are invited to observe the CMU Preparatory School Eurhythmics classes on Saturdays (please contact Judi Cagley, for more information).

What should I bring?  
Bring casual clothing suitable for movement. Be prepared to move in bare feet or soft non-skid slippers. Pittsburgh can be very hot and humid in July. Because of air-conditioning in some buildings, dressing in layers is advisable. If you are staying in on-campus housing, you should plan to bring your own hangers (none are provided in the dorms). Be sure to bring a pencil and notebook. The MSDTC asks for everyone's cooperation in our efforts to provide a scent-free environment for our students and faculty. Scented products can trigger mild to severe reactions such as respiratory distress and headaches - please help us by not wearing/using these products when attending the workshops.

Classes, Coursework, and Exams

Where will classes take place?
Classes will be in the Margaret Morrison Building and/or College of Fine Arts Building. See DTC Map and Campus Map.

May I record any of the sessions?
Recording by any means is strictly prohibited.

I have limited piano skills. Will I take piano improvisation?
Piano improvisation classes will be grouped according to improvisation experience.

Will there be an opportunity to observe demonstration classes?
Some children's classes, high school classes, and senior citizen classes will be scheduled during afternoon Pedagogy sessions. Participants may also observe Saturday morning children's classes in the Carnegie Mellon Music Preparatory School by special arrangement. Contact Judi Cagley ( for more details.

Who is eligible to take Certificate exams?
A minimum of two summer sessions of Workshop II (totaling 18 units or 6 credits) must be successfully completed at Carnegie Mellon before applicants are eligible to apply to take the required exams for the Dalcroze Certificate. Application process for prospective candidates will be discussed at the workshop.

How do I get an official transcript for this workshop?
Each workshop participant will receive an official transcript by mail, at no additional cost. Please note that the transcripts are generated at the end of the Carnegie Mellon summer semester and will be mailed at the end of the summer. For extra copies of your transcript, please reach out to the program director.

Facilities, Housing, and Meals

Are practice facilities available?
Participants will have access to most piano practice rooms in the College of Fine Arts building. In the past, some participants have brought portable keyboards for practice in the dormitory. Earphones should be used. See DTC Map.

Will I have access to the Internet during the workshop?
Yes. A guest account will grant access to the internet and use of campus computer facilities. You will be able to use your personal laptop by following a simple registration process when you arrive on campus.

Are meals available on campus?
A variety of prepared food is available for purchase on campus or within easy walking distance. Meals are not included in the housing fee.

Are cooking facilities available?
Each dormitory suite has a microwave and small refrigerator. Each dormitory has at least one full kitchen. Carnegie Mellon has a strictly enforced 'no-open-flame' policy. Food markets are accessible by public transportation. There is also a convenience store located in the University Center on campus.

Is there a fitness complex/gym area on the CMU campus that I will be able to access in the evenings and/or on weekends?
Carnegie Mellon University offers state-of-the-art facilities for all students and faculty to use. Our indoor pool, aerobic rooms, weight rooms, exercise machines, basketball, racquetball & squash courts are located in the University Center and are accessible with a $10 guest pass (available at the University Center Information Desk). The football field and tennis courts are located centrally on campus.

Transportation In and Around Pittsburgh

How do I get to the Carnegie Mellon University Campus from the airport?
Transportation from the airport to Carnegie Mellon can be accessed by taxi, hotel shuttle, car rental, airport express, or the 28X shuttle bus. Click here for details on all of these options.

The lowest price transportation from the airport is the 28X Shuttle Bus. It can be boarded directly outside the Baggage Claim Area and comes to the Carnegie Mellon Campus.

How do I get to the Carnegie Mellon University campus by car, bus, or train?
Click here for details about how to access CMU by car, bus or train. Also see DTC Map.

Is On-campus Parking available?
Parking permits can be reserved and paid for through the Online Housing Registration site. Also see DTC Map.

How can I find information about public transportation in Pittsburgh?
Go to the Port Authority website.

International Students

I am not a United States citizen. What type of visa do I need?
This varies by country. The Carnegie Mellon Office of International Education has provided an informational packet.

If you have any questions regarding the Dalcroze Training Center, Workshops, or the registration process please contact:

Lenny Young, Administrative Coordinator
Dalcroze Training Center
School of Music
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890

Phone: 412.268.2391
Fax: 412.268.1537