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Choral Warm-Ups Using Dalcroze Eurhythmics

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Handout: Choral Warm-Ups Using Dalcroze Eurhythmics

This session will demonstrate a variety of warm-ups for the choral classroom utilizing meaningful movement based on the Dalcroze philosophy. Specifically, warm-ups to increase focus; exercises for breathing, range extension, and part-singing; and scale/solf├Ęge activities will be experienced. The goal is to add another element to traditional warm-ups to enhance concentration, to provide variety, and to increase musicality through kinesthetic means.

Dr. Marla Butke 

Otterbein University

Marla Butke, Ph.D., recently retired from Otterbein University where she directed the Women's Chorale and taught General Music and Choral Methods, holds degrees from Miami University, Wright State University and The Ohio State University. She is a Master Teaching Artist with the American Eurhythmics Society and serves as the President of the Board of AES. Dr. Butke regularly presents Dalcroze Eurhythmics workshops throughout the United States and internationally, including presentations in Spain, China, and England, and for the American Choral Directors Association National and Central/North Central Regional Conferences, as well as other national and state music education conferences. Dr. Butke and co-author, Dr. David Frego, have written two books, Meaningful Movement: A Music Teacher's Guide to Dalcroze Eurhythmics, published by Music is Elementary and Dalcroze Eurhythmics in the Choral Classroom published by the Hal Leonard Corporation.

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The FMEA Professional Development Conference and All-State Ensembles receive support in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.


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