Dalcroze Eurhythmics was in full bloom in a lively space at the San Francisco Conservatory last Saturday. It was a refreshing morning of music and movement in perfect synthesis. Jessica Schaeffer, Alice Mosley, and Yoriko Richman led a group of educators, pianists, and other instrumentalists through imaginative rhythmic offerings that kept all participants on their toes and LISTENING attentively
According to presenters, “The Dalcroze approach to music education guides us to a deeper understanding of music – its fundamental concepts, its expressive meanings, and its deep connections to other arts and human activities – through imaginative techniques incorporating rhythmic movement, aural training, and physical, vocal and instrumental improvisation.”
More from WIKI:
“Dalcroze Eurhythmics, also known as the Dalcroze Method or simply Eurhythmics, is one of several developmental approaches including the Kodaly Method, Orff Schulwerk and Suzuki Method used to teach music education to students. Eurhythmics was developed in the early 20th century by Swiss musician and educator Émile Jaques-Dalcroze. Dalcroze Eurhythmics teaches concepts of rhythm, structure, and musical expression using movement, and is the concept for which Dalcroze is best known. It focuses on allowing the student to gain physical awareness and experience of music through training that takes place through all of the senses, particularly kinesthetic.
“Eurhythmics is one of several approaches to music education, developed by Swiss musician and educator Émile Jaques-Dalcroze in the early 20th century. The approach involves teaching concepts of rhythm, structure, and musical expression through movement. Eurhythmics often introduces a musical concept through movement before the students learn about its visual representation. This sequence translates to heightened body awareness and an association of rhythm with a physical experience for the student, reinforcing concepts kinesthetically. Eurhythmics has wide-ranging applications and benefits and can be taught to a variety of age groups. Eurhythmics classes for all ages share a common goal – to provide the music student with a solid rhythmic foundation through movement in order to enhance musical expression and understanding.”
A class with Yoriko Richman, Pre-college and Collegiate faculty (S.F. Conservatory)
My Interview with Yoriko
Collegiate Faculty, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Early Childhood Education
Yoriko Richman earned a B.A. in piano performance from the Musashino Academia in Tokyo, Japan, and studied jazz drums at the Yamaha Drum School. Upon her arrival in the United States, she received a professional performance degree in jazz piano and arranging from the Berklee College of Music. Richman’s Dalcroze Method experience is extensive: she graduated from the Dalcroze School of Music in New York, receiving a Dalcroze International License, and attended the postgraduate program at Institut Jaques-Dalcroze in Geneva, Switzerland. Her extensive teaching experience includes teacher training programs at the Dalcroze School of Music, the Maister Music School, the Microcosms Music School and The Dalcroze School in Japan. In addition, she has taught the Dalcroze method to children at Showa Academia Musicae in Japan. A former preparatory faculty member at Mannes College, Richman also teaches in the Preparatory Division at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Yoriko Richman can be contacted at 415.503.6200 x6614.
Louise Milota, pianist/teacher and former President MTAC, Alameda branch, spoke about her experiences with Dalcroze Eurhythmics
A Dalcroze class in New York City with Anne Farber