Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas

Summer, 2021

Dawn will be on the faculty of the Dalcroze School of the Rockies/Dalcroze Academy this summer at the Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas (SMID)

The 16th Mountain Lake Colloquium

Engaged Work Toward Justice: People, Practices, and Priorities

May 24–26, 2021

Dawn was part of a panel that gave a brief presentation at the 16th biennial Mountain Lake Colloquium for general music teacher education in Mountain Lake, Virginia. 
For more information: Mountain Lake Colloquium

Online Virtual Dance Class
by Dawn Pratson

Starting January 31, The Short Course Series is offered by Integral Steps in partnership with the Virtual Dalcroze Meet-up (VDM). You can participate live or watch the recording later (or both)! Register here.

Dawn Pratson is a trained specialist in Dalcroze Eurhythmics (see below). She is also certified in Orff Schulwerk.

Just after she relocated from the Boston area to Philadelphia in 2003, Dawn completed her Dalcroze Eurhythmics Certificate and License. She taught Children’s Music Workshop at Settlement Music School, and then became the founding music specialist at the Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School (“FACTS”) where she taught general music and choir for ten years, 2005 – 2015.

FACTS is a K-8 school which addresses the needs of immigrant students and their families and teaches folk life and folk art as tools to build cultural competency and social justice. During her tenure there, she initiated and was awarded $150,000 Presser Grant to build a music program from scratch, including full Orff-Schulwerk Orchestrarium and Orff Levels training. She also played an essential role in developing “Ritual Calendar” annual events which celebrated and highlighted folk arts and social justice, integrating music resources drawn from the cultures of largely immigrant students and their families.

Dalcroze Eurhythmics

Dalcroze Eurythmics is the teaching and learning of music through movement. Named after its Swiss founder, Emile Jaques-Dalcroze (1865–1950), it is a philosophy and practice of music education that sits aside Orff-Schulwerk, Kodaly, and Suzuki methods. It is worth noting that Dalcroze had a significant influence upon the more widely known Orff-Schulwerk approach.

In Dalcroze education, one might think of our body  as our primary instrument through which we step, gesture, sing and vocalize, use natural movement, be still. Usually we do these things to the sounds of live and recorded music, but making music with our bodies can also be done in silence.

Dalcroze education occurs at the beginner through advanced level, with infants, children, adults and older adults and can be oriented toward music appreciation, personal growth, as a tool for creative stimulation for composition and choreography or as a rigorous music training.  Through the practice of Eurhythmics we deepen our musicality which then is expressed on our instrument, in our composing or arranging, in our teaching or choreography.  It was first developed by Emile Jaques-Dalcroze to help students struggling with rhythmic acuity and musical expression while working at the Geneva Conservatory of Music in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

Dawn earned her Dalcroze license in 2004 and taught in the summer programs at the University of The Arts, in Philadelphia, and the Longy School of Music of Bard College, in Cambridge, Mass.

She established the Philadelphia chapter of the Dalcroze Society of America, which has been graciously hosted by Temple University’s Department of Music Education and Music Therapy.  The chapter holds workshops during the school year, welcoming performing artists and educators, arts therapists, composers, choreographers and anyone interested in rhythm and the music-movement relationship.

In addition, Dawn teaches Dalcroze classes in the community. Contact her for more details.

Dalcroze Eurhythmics Workshops and Courses Taught by Dawn Pratson

February 1-8, 2020: guest teaching artist at Rocky Mountain chapter of the Dalcroze Society of America, at the Dalcroze School of the Rockies, and at Integral Steps, Denver, Colorado.

January 17-19, 2020: presenter and performer at the 2020 National Conference of the Dalcroze Society, Miami, FL.

October 3, 2019, NYC Workshop:Organic Rhythm: The Music of Silence,” Diller-Quaile School, 24 East 95th St., New York City

July 29 and August 1, 2019, International Congress of Dalcroze Studies, Katowice, Poland. Paper and workshop presentation: “Harmony in Space and Sound: Exploring Laban’s Space Harmony and its Relationship to Music”

November 3, 2018, Dalcroze Philadelphia workshop, Saturday, Temple University Pearson Hall, 1800 N. Broad Street, Dance Studio 224, Philadelphia, PA

July 2-13, 2018 – Faculty, Longy Summer Dalcroze Institute, Cambridge, MA

June 25-29, 2018 – UARTS Summer Music Studies Course: Introduction to Dalcroze Eurhythmics

April 14, 2018 – Dalcroze Eurhythmics workshop, co-taught with Lisa Parker, Temple University

March to May, 2018 – teaching an inter-generational glass in the Indonesian bamboo instrument called angklung. DAYA Center, Philadelphia

Other freelance Dalcroze work

Dawn has presented workshops locally, nationally, and internationally, including at Commonwealth Youth Choirs, Philadelphia, Pa.; Germantown Friends School, Philadelphia, Pa.; Dalcroze Society of America Conferences; Pennsylvania Ballet; and CelloSpeak, Bryn Mawr, Pa.