Kaufman Music Center

Dalcroze for Children


In this hands-on approach to music theory, children age 2 and up explore musical concepts such as meter, tempo, phrase, form and dynamics through rhythm games, creative movement, songs, stories, ear training, sight-singing and improvisation. Dalcroze is an ideal complement to instrumental lessons, or, for younger children, preparation for studying an instrument.

The Dalcroze Method was developed in the early 20th century by the Swiss composer, musician and educator Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, who believed that rhythm is a vital element of the teaching of music. Known as "music training through movement," Dalcroze uses the body to develop a strong musical foundation and natural feel for music. Once thought of as avant-garde, Dalcroze eurhythmics has influenced the fields of music, dance, theater, therapy and education for more than a century. Read more about Dalcroze.

Watch a class led by Anne Farber, Director of the Dalcroze School at Lucy Moses School.

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Dalcroze (child only) Dalcroze (with adult) Dalcroze for Older Children
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