Dalcroze Society of America
- Alan L. Spurgeon
Professional organization for Dalcroze teachers. The organization promotes the artistic and pedagogical principles of Emile Jacques-Dalcroze (1865–1950), a Swiss composer and teacher whose approach to music education consists of three components: eurythmics, which teaches concepts of rhythm, structure, and musical expression through movement; solfége, which develops an understanding of pitch, scale, and tonality through activities emphasizing aural comprehension and vocal improvisation; and improvisation, which develops an understanding of form and meaning through spontaneous musical creation using movement, voice, and instruments. Dalcroze intended that the three subjects be intertwined so that the development of the inner ear, an internal muscular sense, and creative expression might work together to form the core of basic musicianship. The Dalcroze Society of America began to take shape in 1969 with informal gatherings in New Jersey and New York City, and was incorporated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1978. It is affiliated with the Féderation Internationale des Enseignants de Rhythmique, headquartered at the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze in Geneva, Switzerland. The American society publishes the ...