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08/07/2013 - 08/07/2013

Movements in Music Education

Central School of Ballet | Dance | Research and Knowledge Exchange

The First International Conference of Dalcroze Studies
Coventry University, July 2013

2013 is the centenary of the London School of Dalcroze Eurhythmics (LSDE), founded to promote the pioneering work of Emile Jaques-Dalcroze (1865-1950). This conference was part of the centenary celebrations. It aimed to extend our understanding of Dalcroze Eurhythmics – and music, movement and education more generally – from practice-based, pedagogical, empirical, neuro-scientific, philosophical and historical perspectives. Connections to music performance/composition/therapy, as well as theatre, dance and the visual arts were addressed by a wide variety of practitioners and researchers from all over the world.

The Conservatoire contributed to the programme of over 80 events. Director of Central School of Ballet, Sara Matthews, lead a panel discussion, ‘Not just sitting quietly: Restoring movement to education and the core curriculum’. CSB staff and students also gave a masterclass on how Dalcroze techniques are used in the audition process.

The Conservatoire’s Research Associate, Dr Anna Farthing, gave a paper about ‘Now Children Find a Space…’ The film, inspired by the BBC Schools Radio programme ‘Music and Movement’, was made for the ICCI 360 Arena during the Weymouth Olympic with students from CDD schools. She also offered a participatory session ‘Dancing among the documents: a workshop exploring creative interpretation techniques’ using materials from the Dalcroze archive, part of the National Dance Archive at the University of Surrey.

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