music and movement

Emile Jacques-Dalcroze Eurythmics

music and movementIn Dalcroze Eurhythmics, music is a full-body experience. As a teaching method, it helps a student to physically experience musical rhythms and movements, so they are not just intellectually understood. Eurhythmics uses the body as an interpreter for musical rhythm and dynamics. You can then more ably apply those music concepts to your piano playing.

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.

“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