Based on the artistic and pedagogical principles of Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, the Dalcroze approach teaches an understanding of music’s fundamental concepts, expressive meanings, and deep connections to other arts and activities. Children can all benefit from this approach which fosters music appreciation, ear training and improvisation while improving musical abilities. In this method the body is the main instrument. Children listen to the rhythm of a music piece and express what they hear through movement. This approach connects music, movement, mind, and body.
This class is taught to the preschool and prekindergarten children on a weekly basis during the school year by Katie Cross, an Oberlin College Conservatory faculty member.