Ep. 139: What is Dalcroze Eurhythmics, and what are its benefits? With Anthony Molinaro

Photo courtesy of Anthony Molinaro

Dalcroze education has been around for over 100 years, and its principles are experiencing a resurgence in interest and application outside of the music education arena (including therapeutic uses for the aging). We discuss what this holistic learning method IS, why it began, and its innovative uses today.


My guest today is joining me from Pittsburgh, PA. Anthony Molinaro is a professional musician, teacher, and podcaster. He’s spent 15 years as a classroom teacher, he holds the Dalcroze Certificate, and is the Eurhythmics instructor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Preparatory Academy.

Anthony Molinaro


We discuss:

  • What IS Dalcroze Eurhythmics?
  • Emile Dalcroze, the founder of the method, was a visionary 19th-century pedagogue.
  • General techniques, characteristics, and principles of Dalcroze.
  • Dalcroze’s implementation of body movement, solfege (sight singing), and improvisation.
  • Benefits of Dalcroze Eurhythmics.
  • Dalcroze learning’s impact on social emotional learning (SEL), including communication skills, mindfulness & awareness, and empathy.
  • Dalcroze is fun! It has the physicality of sports, aesthetic appeal of the arts, and is mentally challenging, for all ages.
  • How to find programs in your area.
  • How is the practice of Dalcroze Eurhythmics being used for therapeutic applications?
  • Current growth in Dalcroze practice, in terms of awareness, interest, and attention in the scientific community.
  • Similarities between Dalcroze and yoga.
  • Resources to learn more.

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Anthony shares “The Ground.” He says, “This is a song written by my wife, and produced by me in my home studio.  It is a meaningful song that really encompasses the journey of birth to death.  It is a great example of how I think that music can communicate the essence of life’s experience.”

Closing Words

And that is a little bit of “The Ground,” by Qualia. You can listen to the full YouTube video in the show notes. Thank you so much to Anthony for joining us today, for sharing this song, and for enlightening us on the practice of the Dalcroze method. As always, all the resources we mention in our conversation – and more – can be found in the show notes. Also in the show notes are links to more episodes you may enjoy, including:

Today’s show notes – including a transcript of this episode – can be found in the show notes. A link to the page is also in the episode details right in your podcast app.

If you have had an experience with the Dalcroze method – or you seek one out after listening to this, I would love to hear about it! You can connect with me on email (mindy@mpetersonmusic.com), Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn. You can also send me a voice memo that I can share with the Enhance Life with Music community by playing in an upcoming episode!

Thank you so much for joining me today. Until next time, may your life be enhanced with music.

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