The key to overcoming rhythmic challenges is through movement, as evidenced by the Dalcroze Eurythmics method of music study. Eurythmics encourages a student to experience musical rhythm, or other music elements (such as tempo and dynamics). They then express that musical understanding in assorted improvised movements. The body becomes a real-time interpreter of the musical concepts expressed through motion. In this educational approach, the student is then ready to bring this well-developed understanding of music to the piano.
According to Dalcrozeusa.org, the Swiss composer and educator began to explore children's natural, instinctive gestures. He invited students to walk and swing their arms, or to conduct while they sang or listened to him improvise at the piano. He called this study of music through movement “eurhythmics,” from the Greek roots “eu” and “rythmos” meaning “good flow.” Dalcroze Education is an interactive way to further develop skill in keen listening, music literacy and performance.
A child's body instinctively possesses the essential element of rhythm, which is a sense of time. 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. Music acts on the whole of the organism like a magic force which suppresses the understanding and irresistably takes possession of the entire being. To insist on analyzing this force is to destroy its very essence. —DALCROZE
With a focus on rhythmic musical expression, Eurythmics encourages a student to experience rhythms, and other musical elements, and express that understanding through improvised movements. A student learns to simultaneously hear, understand and express the musical idea through motion. So the body interprets and expresses musical elements such as rhythm, meter, melody and dynamics in real-time. Music becomes a full-body experience. The student can then apply their experience of musical concepts to their piano playing.A group approach to music study.