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Uniting Dalcroze Eurhythmics With Social, Emotional Learning

Thursday, January 13, 2022
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Tampa Convention Center
West Hall B
General Music Contemporary Trends & Issues in Education
Grade Levels
All Grade Levels
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Session Lesson Plan


Participants will experience the five components of SEL – self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, responsible decision-making, and emotional behavior through the lens of purposeful movement. Dalcroze Eurhythmics serves as the vehicle for combining the physical, cognitive, and affective domains into meaningful experiences which support and strengthen the SEL philosophy. Joy and relaxation, as well as making personal, creative choices are foundational elements in a eurhythmics classroom. The component of “feeling” the rhythmic or expressive components in music are key objectives in the Dalcroze philosophy. Building community through small and large group activities will also be experienced in this session. Many of the activities may also be used in remote teaching situations.

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 recently served 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 national conferences including ACDA, OAKE, AOSA, and AES as well as other regional, state, and local conferences/workshops. Dr. Butke, along with co-author Dr. David Frego, wrote Meaningful Movement: A Music Teacher's Guide to Dalcroze Eurhythmics. Their new book, Dalcroze Eurhythmics in the Choral Classroom, was released early this spring by the Hal Leonard Corporation.

Dr. David Frego 

Penn State University
Director and Professor

David Frego, Ph.D., is professor and director of the School of Music at Penn State University.
Dr. Frego is past president of the American Eurhythmics Society and the Dalcroze Society of America, and regularly presents workshops on Dalcroze Eurhythmics throughout the globe. While performing artists of all ages benefit from rhythmic training, eurhythmics in teacher training is an important focus of Dr. Frego’s research. Other teaching and research areas include dance philosophy and the application of Dalcroze Eurhythmics as palliative care for adults with post-traumatic stress. David Frego has published book chapters, DVDs, books, and articles in both music education journals and medical journals for arts medicine. “Meaningful Movement: A Music Teacher’s Guide to Dalcroze Eurhythmics” and “Dalcroze Eurhythmics in the Choral Classroom” were co-authored with Dr. Marla Butke.

Session Coordinator:
Mrs Ernesta Chicklowski

The FMEA Professional Development Conference and All-State Ensembles are sponsored 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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