piano music and motion

Eurythmics: Music In Motion


Eurythmics: Music & Motion

All musical truth resides in the body.

Émile Jaques-Dalcroze

adult pianist in recital

As a piano teaching philosophy, Eurhythmics helps a student to physically experience musical rhythms and movements, so they are not just intellectually understood, but physically experienced. The body serves as an interpreter of musical rhythm, meter, melody and dynamics: Music becomes a full-body experience. The student can then more ably apply those musical concepts to their piano playing experience.

adult pianist in recital

While some adults who sign up for piano instruction are complete beginners, others know a bit about the piano from childhood lessons. In my experience, everyone who commits to their study succeeds in meeting their goals regardless of where they start.

"A child's body instinctively possesses the essential element of rhythm, which is a sense of time." (Émile Jaques-Dalcroze). The beats of a heart convey a clear sense of time, breathing offers a division of time, and thus walking is a model of measure and division of time into equal parts. Walking becomes a natural beginning to the child's initiation into an understanding of rhythm through feeling.

Adults, like children, feel a strong sense of pride in their progress and ongoing increase in satisfaction. Some even choose to share that progress in our regularly scheduled recitals. My oldest adult beginner started with me when she was 82 years old and she studied through age 89. She enjoyed sharing her music each year with a Christmas recital for her family.


Emile Jacques-Dalcroze

Music acts on the whole of the organism like a magic force which suppresses the understanding and irresistibly takes possession of the entire being. To insist on analyzing this force is to destroy its very essence.



Emile Jacques-Dalcroze

Music acts on the whole of the organism like a magic force which suppresses the understanding and irresistibly takes possession of the entire being. To insist on analyzing this force is to destroy its very essence.