“Muscles were made for movement, and rhythm is movement. It is impossible to conceive a rhythm without thinking of a body in motion.” — Emile Jacques-Dalcroze”
For The Piano
In Dalcroze Eurhythmics, music is a full-body experience. It helps the student to physically experience the rhythms and movements of music so they are not just intellectually understood. Eurhythmics uses the body as an interpreter for musical rhythm.
Dalcroze contends that “a child’s body possesses instinctively the essential element of rhythm, which is a sense of time.” The beats of the heart convey a clear sense of time, breathing offers a division of time, and thus measure, and walking a model of measure and division of time into equal parts. Thus, walking is a natural beginning to the child’s initiation into rhythm.