TTTV028: Dalcroze Eurythmics with Paula Melville-Clark

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What do you think of when you think of Dalcroze? My first thought is of students marching to a beat, and while that is part of it, there’s so much more to learn from this method!

Dalcroze is all about experience and feeling before intellectualising. Moving from big, whole body movements right down to the fine motor skills needed to play something at the piano. I’ve always been interested in these non-traditional methods, and I’m so excited that Paula was able to come on the podcast today to share how she combines Dalcroze group classes, and private piano instruction in her studio.


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As well as explaining the concepts and ideas behind Dalcroze, Paula is also sharing some videos of her teaching in action. This is so valuable as Dalcroze is all about movement and activity, so talking can only get us so far!

If you normally listen to the podcast, you should definitely consider watching this one. It’s so inspiring to see Paula in action and I wouldn’t want you to miss out!

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The foundation of the Dalcroze method
  • How movement can help students understand rhythm, beat and metre
  • The similarities between Kodaly, Orff and Dalcroze approaches
  • How Paula’s incorporates group movement classes into her piano studio
  • Movement activities Paula does with children as young as two years old
  • How Paula uses movement in private piano lessons
  • Creative ways to get students to feel tempo
  • What training as a Dalcroze teacher involves

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What to contact Paula?

Paula has kindly shared her email with everyone. Click here to get in touch if you’ve got questions or would like to get a copy of her book. You can also right click on that link to “copy email address” to your favourite email software.

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There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen mine.

Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.

Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run. Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons.

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Do you use movement in your piano lessons?

Do you get kids up and moving to teach about metre and beat? Or even do a movement based group class? I’d love to hear about your experiences with these methods!

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