Summer Symposium

Intro to Dalcroze Eurhythmics (MUSC 2000)

Monday, July 26, 2021 - Friday, July 30, 2021 | NDSU


This course will provide a foundation of Dalcroze Eurhythmics and demonstrate how a purposeful movement approach can be woven into many musical curriculums. Students will have the opportunity to internalize the elements of music through the four facets of eurhythmics: movement, rhythmic solfège, keyboard improvisation and plastique animée. Lessons and pedagogy will occur throughout the week with opportunities for participants to create micro-lessons to present on the final day.


The participant will:

  • Be actively engaged in the components of Dalcroze eurhythmics, solfege, and piano improvisation.
  • Be able to define the philosophy of the Dalcroze approach.
  • Create a group plastique animée.
  • Teach a group lesson based on Dalcroze principles.
  • Participate in folk dancing.
  • Be able to define and engage in a reflective practice.


David Frego,is professor and director of the School of Music at Penn State University. He joined the music faculty in 2017 after serving for nine years as chair of music at the University of Texas at San Antonio and 12 years as faculty and associate director at The Ohio State University.

Dr. Frego is past president of the American Eurhythmics Society and the Dalcroze Society of America, and regularly presents workshops on Dalcroze Eurhythmics throughout the globe. While performing artists of all ages benefit from rhythmic training, eurhythmics in teacher training is an important focus of Dr. Frego’s research. Other teaching and research areas include dance philosophy and the application of Dalcroze Eurhythmics as palliative care for adults with post-traumatic stress.

David Frego has published book chapters, DVDs, books, and articles in both music education journals and medical journals for arts medicine. Dalcroze Eurhythmics in the Choral Classroom, released in 2021, was co-authored with Dr. Marla Butke.

Marla Burke, Ph.D. , recently retired from Otterbein University where she directed the Women’s Chorale and taught General Music and Choral Methods. She holds degrees from Miami University, Wright State University and The Ohio State University. She is a Master Teaching Artist with the American Eurhythmics Society and serves as the immediate Past President of the board of AES. Dr. Butke regularly presents Dalcroze Eurhythmics workshops throughout the United States and internationally. Dr. Butke has been published in General Music Today, TRIAD, Update, The Orff Echo, and Enrollment Management . Her first book, co-authored by Dr. David Frego, was “Meaningful Movement: A Music Teacher’s Guide to Dalcroze Eurhythmics” and their second book, "Dalcroze Eurhythmics in the Choral Classroom" was just released this spring.


Graduate Credit (2) for MUSC 796 - NDSU Campus Connection
MUSC 2000 - Continuing Education - $325
Workshop without credits - $225

Required Textbook

The text will need to be pre-ordered through West Music Company or Music is Elementary.

Meaningful Movement: A Music Teacher's Guide to Dalcroze Eurhythmics
by Marla Butke and David Frego
Music is Elementary Press

More Information

Participants will be required to bring a notebook, pencil/pen, or technology (i.e. IPad, laptop) to take notes and recorded music for the lesson. Participants are required to either wear dance shoes or go barefoot.

Parking: T2 is a pay lot with metered parking and there is street parking approximately two blocks directly south from the Reineke Fine Arts Center. If you wish, a summer parking pass is available for $25. If you are attending summer classes and need a STUDENT permit for Summer Session parking, permits may be purchased online at Campus Connection. You may pick up your permit at Parking and Transportation Services during the business hours of 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Permits must be properly displayed to be valid.

Summer Housing available for students registering for MUSC 2000 or MUSC 796; please contact 701-231-8418.

For more information please contact Charlette Moe.