Audio Library volume 5 “natural movements”

by Françoise Lombard

in the purchase of the volume.

It contains explanations and suggestions for the pedagogical development of each musical track.


– Note the structure of the piece and point out to the students the major and minor elements.

– To underline the phrases and to avoid getting tired, each pupil in turn gallops while holding an object (small stick) that he hands to a classmate at the end of the phrase (7 gallops and 1 beat to give the stick); this person takes the object and gallops towards someone else during the next phrase.

– Two groups each with a leader : group A gallops behind their leader on the minor phrases and group B on the major phrases. Change leader after each phrase. Next, group B takes the minor phrases and group A the major phrases. Children can also pretend to be wearing a helmet (by making the shape of the helmet above their head) while galloping freely around the room.

5 years and up

This material is intended to promote the learning of music through body movement, but it does not constitute a professional “music and movement” training. Therefore, its use does not authorise one to use the title of Dalcroze teacher. However, the experimentation of the Library could inspire and motivate a person to pursue a more advanced training of Jaques-Dalcroze Eurhythmics, with the option of obtaining, after several years of study, professional recognition.

Improvisations : Françoise Lombard 
© Les Éditions Adragante, Canada

Recording : Michel Comeau, Northmount Studio, Montreal
Mastering : TrueSound Louis Morneau
Cover photos : David Tucker    © ICDS
Cover photos : Michel Comeau    © Dalcroze Canada
Cover graphic design : Michel Comeau

This volume addresses natural movements in the most simple of ways : the music offered invites you to move freely, without any particular reflection process. The concept of complicity between the music and the student’s movement is the base of Dalcroze Eurhythmics. This means that what the body is doing is exactly coherent with the music the student hears. This complicity actually nourishes both the movement and the musical sense.

Each musical track will invite students to adapt their gait and movements instinctively. This adaptation allows the students to integrate both the style of the music – because of how they want to move their bodies – and the form of each piece.

These natural movements mostly involve movement in space, and thus a varied use of straight lines or curves, circles or lines, depending on the music and the mood. We integrate musical forms through natural movements; there is a direct contact between musical form and the possibility of instinctively creating forms in space.

There is also a social dimension to this work, as the relationship with space involves group collaboration. When one forms a circle or a line, one must be conscious of the others who participate in this spatial form, and so one learns to find one’s place in the group.

This album has been created by highly qualified Dalcroze teachers and practising musicians: FRANÇOISE LOMBARD (Canada) : concept, improvisations, pedagogical guide.

Her colleagues LISA PARKER (USA), CHENG-FENG LIN (Canada) and MARY BRICE (Switzerland) contributed to the realisation of her project through their participation in the educational content.

Recording : Northmount Studio, Montreal

Artistic direction : Michel Comeau

Mastering : Louis Morneau

Production : Stareyes inc. Music and Education

Publishing : © Les Éditions Adragante/SOCAN

© This material is intended exclusively for pedagogical purposes.

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