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Dalcroze Workshop

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Dalcroze Eurhythmics is an approach to music education that recognizes the fundamental role of the body and of body movement in music perception and music performance. It was created at the turn of the 20th century by Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, a man of multiple talents. He was a pianist, a music composer and a stage director. He was also an educator and professor at the Geneva Music Conservatory in Switzerland. His ideas have been confirmed by contemporary research and are of interest to people working in various fields, notably in music, dance, theatre, education and therapy. Dalcroze Eurhythmics can be applied at all levels of education, from early years to higher education, as well as in community and therapeutic settings.
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Jaques-Dalcroze used to say “let your body become music.”  In a Dalcroze class, we hear the music and we respond to it physically.  We embody the music by experiencing and grasping it through our whole being – through our emotions, sensations, feelings and thoughts.  All musical concepts are developed in and through body movement, which is the link between the ear and the brain, leading the students to an embodied and deeply internalized understanding of music. This allows us to gain a practical, physical experience of music before we theorise and perform. It ensures that the whole person (not just the fingers and the brain) is educated in the development of musicianship and artistry.

(Note: Please remember to wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing appropriate for movement.  We also recommend bare feet or appropriate indoor footwear, ie. dance or gymnastic slippers). 


Laura Ono
With more than 25 years of combined teaching and performance experience, Laura Ono is a passionate and committed music educator, and is also the Head of Operations for the PEI Symphony Orchestra. She has a Certificate in Dalcroze Eurhythmics from the Longy School of Music of Bard College (Cambridge, MA), and is currently completing overseas studies in the Dalcroze License, which is a credential for teacher training. Laura also holds an ARCT in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) as well as an Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Music Education, a joint program between the RCM and Ryerson University. She has also completed pedagogy studies in Kodály and Orff. Laura is the Training Chair for Dalcroze Canada, a Canadian charity dedicated to promoting the pedagogical principles of Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, and offers professional certification in Dalcroze Eurhythmics. Prior to moving to PEI, Laura was the director and owner of My Musical Upbringing, a private music studio specializing in Early Childhood Music Education in Toronto.

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What are Relaxed Performances?


Sometimes referred to as sensory-friendly experiences, Relaxed Performances give the opportunity for those with various sensitivities towards sensory stimuli to experience and enjoy live theatre.

These performances will be designed in a way to be more comfortable for audience members who may experience anxiety or are not comfortable with some aspects of a traditional theatre setting. This can include people on the Autism Spectrum and their families; those with sensory and communicative disorders or learning disabilities; people with Tourette’s syndrome; someone who might need to move often due to chronic pain or to use the facilities; or even parents with toddlers.



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