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Eurhythmics: Purposeful Movement in the Music Classroom

These sequential sessions will approach the elements of music through kinesthetic awareness. Participants will be actively engaged in music making through purposeful movement and will examine learning through brain to body connections. Activities will include movement, rhythmic solfége and keyboard improvisation. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to plan rhythmic lessons that are appropriate for general music, choral, and instrumental rehearsals, as well as special needs populations. Further, they will be able to sequence movement instruction to ensure success, select appropriate music to enhance purposeful movement, and articulate the pedagogical approach of Eurhythmics.

  • Dates: June 29-July 3
  • Times: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily
  • Noncredit cost: $400
  • Graduate Credit Cost: Additional $1,000.00 for 2 hours of graduate credit (Paid separately to SMU)
  • Housing: No on-campus housing is available for this workshop. For a listing of local Dallas hotels near the SMU campus and out-of-state discounts, go to https://www.smu.edu/Admission/Visit/WhereToStay

Eurhythmics Faculty:

Kay Piña is currently a PhD student at Pennsylvania State University. Before moving to State College, Kay taught general music to 5th and 6th graders, and 6th grade choir at Laura Ingalls Wilder Intermediate in Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD, a school district outside of San Antonio. She also taught elementary music grades K-6 at David Crockett Elementary, now David Crockett Academy, in San Antonio ISD. Kay completed her Bachelor of Arts in Music at Texas State University in San Marcos, and received her Master of Music degree while studying at the University of Texas at San Antonio. While at UTSA, Kay completed her Dalcroze Eurhythmics Certification under Drs. David Frego and Marla Butke. Since teaching in school districts in the San Antonio area, Kay has completed Levels 1 and 2 in Kodály, and Level 1 Orff. Kay was awarded “Master Teacher Artist” for the American Eurhythmics Society.

Steven Robbins is a K-5 elementary music teacher in New Braunfels, TX. He has taught general music, violin, classical guitar, and choir at the elementary level. He did his undergraduate degree at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, TX. In addition to being a music teacher, Steven is a licensed massage therapist who specializes in somatic bodywork. He has utilized Eurhythmics in a therapeutic environment with both adults and children. Steven frequently teaches workshops on incorporating Dalcroze Eurhythmics into the elementary general music classroom to school districts and universities around the nation. His students are featured in the Music is Elementary publication entitled “Meaningful Movement: A Music Teacher’s Guide to Dalcroze Eurhythmics” by Dr. Marla Butke and Dr. David Frego.

For further information about these online classes, or to register, visit https://gradadmission.smu.edu/portal/SummerMusicEdWorkshops; or contact Julie Scott at muedworkshops@smu.edu.

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