Singapore University of Social Sciences

Methods and Approaches – Dalcroze Eurhythmics

Methods and Approaches – Dalcroze Eurhythmics (BMU207)

Applications Open: 01 October 2021

Applications Close: 15 December 2021

Next Available Intake: January 2022

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Education

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education + (ACE+), Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C), Resilience

Funding: SkillsFuture, Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


Dalcroze pedagogy hinges on using movement and improvisation to develop an understanding of music concepts, creative expression, co-ordination, flexibility, inner-hearing and sensitivity to nuances in music-making. The course will highlight two unique characteristics of Dalcroze approach to music education, performance and appreciation – one, treating the whole human body as an expressive musical instrument, and two, Experiencing music through movement before Theory and Analysis. Through rhythmic exercises, games, singing and instrumental playing, students develop and integrate the aural, visual, mental and kinaesthetic coordination skills to enrich their musical imaginations, coordination skills and freedom to express and improvise. The students will work on the six topics, namely, TEMPO, DYNAMICS, DURATION, RHYTHM, PHRASE and FORM, and PITCH AND MELODY through the three elements: Eurhythmics, Solfege, and Improvisation. Students need to be prepared to come back for the practical assessment which is held outside of the 6 week sessions.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January


  • An Overview of Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Tempo, and Beat
  • Fundamental Movement Skills and Dynamics
  • Duration and Rhythmic Patterns
  • Meter and Rhythmic Patterns
  • Breath, Phrase and Form
  • Pitch and Melody

Learning Outcome

  • Discuss Dalcroze’s philosophy, principles, and strategies for music teaching.
  • Examine the use of Dalcroze strategies organised by the different phases of development.
  • Propose teaching tools and strategies using Eurhythmics to facilitate music and movement in a larger group setting.
  • Apply Eurhythmics to teach musical understanding and to facilitate group music-making activities.
  • Execute rhythm and structure using Dalcroze strategies in response to music played.
  • Create musical activities using movement to promote inner hearing and kinaesthetic sense.
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