How is the Rhythmic-Solfège Program Different from the Eurhythmics Program?
The Rhythmic-Solfège courses will function similarly to the Eurhythmics courses, with a few prominent changes:
1. There is a low student to teacher ratio for these courses to ensure that the children will receive the attention they deserve and maximize their progress through the sequence.
2. Note-reading on the staff, sight-singing, and rhythm reading will be specifically addressed each week.
3. Students will learn to sing with the names of the notes and the pitch function (numbers).
4. Students will bring their own personal metallophone to class each week. (This will be a one-time purchase by the parents; we will provide the metallophones to make it convenient for you!) There will be assignments each week that will involve the children learning songs to play on their instrument and to sing while they play. Parents who don’t read music can learn right along with their child!
5. At the end of the year, there will be juried exams to advance into the next Rhythmic-Solfège level. These exams are to give the child and parent a tangible goal and to ensure quality in the program. All components to the exams will be given at least 2 months prior to the exam date so that everyone is prepared and the experience is a successful and rewarding one. I want students to feel ready to advance and not feel overwhelmed. If, per chance, a student may not be ready to advance, the decision to not take an exam will be made together with the Director, parent, and student.
6. Those students who successfully complete the entire sequence will receive a Solfège Diploma from the Dalcroze School of the Rockies, and will be ready for any freshman-year university/conservatory solfège program.
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