Dalcroze Eurhythmics teaches concepts of rhythm, structure and musical expression through movement. Dalcroze not only helps to sharpen the sense of listening, but also all other senses, particularly the kinesthetic sense.

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SUMMER SESSION 1 – Tue 7/3, Thu 7/5, Tue 7/10, Thu 7/12 – $90 – with Sabine Heubusch

3:30-4:15pm 4-5 years (child only) – 8 spot left
4:20-5:05pm 2-3 years (with adult) – 9 spots left
5:10-5:55pm 5.5-6.5 years (child only) – 10 spots left

SUMMER SESSION 2 – Mon 7/23, Thu 7/26, Mon 7/30, Thu 8/2, Mon 8/6, Thu 8/9 – $135 – with Michael Joviala

3:30-4:15pm 4-5 years (child only) – 9 spot left
4:20-5:05pm 2-3 years (with adult) – 9 spots left
5:10-5:55pm 5.5-6.5 years (child only) – 10 spots left

Prospect Range Performance Hall
1226 Prospect Avenue
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn

Children will be introduced to fundamental elements of music, including meter and rhythm (beat and pattern); tempo (fast and slow); pitch (high and low); dynamics (loud and soft); duration (long and short); articulation (heavy and light). We will do this through stories, songs, games, exercises, improvisation and drawing. Because our primary means of exploration will be movement, children will also begin to gain mastery over the use of their bodies. The activities will be designed to awaken and stimulate all of the child’s senses. Our work together will be excellent preparation for both the study of an instrument and the lifelong enjoyment of music. Students will have introductory experiences in ensemble playing, improvisation, music reading, composition and conducting.

Michael Joviala is a pianist, clarinettist, composer and teacher in New York City, offering classes and workshops in Dalcroze Eurhythmics to children and adults in New York City and beyond. Training: D.M.A Stony Brook University; M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, NY; B.A. University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Faculty: Columbia University, Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Music Center, The Diller-Quaile School, American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Dalcroze Certificate: Juilliard School of Music. Dalcroze License: Longy School of Music. Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Dalcroze Society of America. Managing Editor, Dalcroze Connections. He currently leads the group Loco Motors, an ensemble specializing in techniques derived from the practice of both Dalcroze and free improvisation.

We will play quick reaction games, coordination games, sing/dance to songs, learn solfège, experiment with props, act out musical stories, and learn rhythmic notation. The teacher’s intention is to help unfold creativity and musicality in the students. Applying the principles of the Alexander Technique enables children to learn without stress and strain and will support them in carrying out good posture and form body awareness.

Sabine Heubusch received her Dalcroze Eurhythmics license (music and movement education) from the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria in 1992. She continued her studies in Dalcroze in New York with some master teachers such as Bob Abramson and Anne Farber. Sabine trained as well in Contemporary Dance and is a performer. She is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, Yoga, and Pilates Mat. She teaches children of all ages, children with special needs and adults throughout New York and Austria in public schools, private schools, fitness studios and colleges.

“My kid is still too little, but I can’t wait till he’s old enough to do this! I commend you for offering it – my father studied Dalcroze at his primary school in Germany and credited it with forming his lifelong, impeccable musicianship. I regret I never had the opportunity to do it myself.” – Brooklyn mom

“Shout out to the Rubato Music School for introducing Dalcroze to the community! Did you know that Music Together grew in large measure out of the Dalcroze method? Ken Guilmartin, one of MT’s co-creators, was heavily influenced by the Dalcroze idea that we need to get music in our bodies in order to truly assimilate it.” – Naomi Weinberger, Music Together teacher

“My 3 and 5 yo kids have been in Dalcroze classes this last year and it’s been very growthful for them. In my opinion, Dalcroze can be a great stepping stone between toddler sing alongs and instrument instruction because it introduces fundamental musical concepts of ear training and rhythm in a fun and interactive way. At these ages, kids absorb so much but my kids were/are not ready for the daily practice required to study an instrument. We tried out a couple of other preschool level music foundation classes in the area but found the Dalcroze classes more structured and methodical, as well as a lot more fun!” – Brooklyn mom

“When I became a parent, I was already aware of the Dalcroze Eurhythmics classes for young children.By the time my children were 4 years, they were taking Dalcroze classes. One is now a cellist, the other was with NYC Ballet & Joffrey. They are adults who developed an appreciation of classical music (and other forms). I believe Dalcroze Eurhythmics made a huge contribution. Not everyone does or should become musicians or dancers, but Dalcroze helps develop rhythmic movements, ear training, and improvisation. And the kids have fun!!!” – Harriet Semegram Barry, professional singer, teacher of the Alexander Technique, Certified Lamaze childbirth educator

“Thank you Evi for organizing this program! Coincidentally I’ve been on the lookout for a movement program that incorporated basic music education with interactive movement. The class with Sabine is perfect. The songs are catchy and repeated at home both by my 3 year old and her 7 year old brother who observes the class from the sidelines. My daughter is learning music theory, conducting and measures in a very playful form that encourages her music exploration and curiosity. Highly recommend this class.” – Mom of current Dalcroze student