Stony Brook Community Music Programs

Kindergarten Class

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Dalcroze Eurhythmics
Kindergarten - 3rd grade

The first level of Dalcroze Eurhythmics emphasizes key Dalcroze subjects: simple and compound meters, rhythmic patterns, phrasing, ear-training and musical notation. Using kinesthetic movement as the primary mode of learning, the Dalcroze pedagogy enables children to transfer their physical experiences to a conceptual understanding of music theory. The Level I curriculum, a two-year course of study, is taught by Dorothea Cook, certified and licensed Dalcroze instructor.

The advanced level of Dalcroze Eurhythmics is essential enrichment for students who have already begun formal instrumental study. The exercises and games in level II develop advanced musicianship skills such as mixed meter, polyrhythm, notation in bass and treble clefs, conducting, and rigorous ear-training.  This program is strongly endorsed by private instrumental teachers who appreciate the depth of musical understanding Dalcroze students bring to their private lessons. The Level II curriculum, a two-year course of study, is taught by Dorothea Cook, certified and licensed Dalcroze instructor.Dalcroze Level II


The curriculum of the Dalcroze Eurhythmics class is based on the philosophies of Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, a Swiss composer and music pedagogue. At the heart of Dalcroze work is the belief that students need to experience music physically before they wrestle with symbols and theoretical abstraction. Originally developed for advanced students at the Geneva Conservatory, Eurhythmics is now taught at music schools and conservatories all over the world to musicians of all ages. Many Stony Brook music faculty have enrolled their own children in this program, considering it the ideal foundation for musical study.

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Level I: Entering Kindergarten or First Grade in Fall 2015.  No prerequisites.
Level II: Entering Second or Third Grade in Fall 2015. No prerequisites.


$700/year (28 sessions)

Tuition is due in full by December 1, 2015.  Need-based financial aid is available to eligible families.



Dalcroze Level I (K and 1st grade)
Saturdays, 10:30 – 11:15 AM, Music Building Room 0113

Dalcroze Level II (2nd and 3rd grade)
Saturdays, 11:30 – 12:15 PM, Music Building Room 0113



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