Musicianship Curriculum

What is Musicianship?

Theory + History + Application 

We find it is beneficial to have these elements, theory, history, and application, presented and emphasized in the classroom so your time with your private teacher can be spent on refining technique and improving performance ability.

Where does Eurhythmics fit in?

Eurhythmics at City Music Center

The goals in a Eurhythmics class are threefold: to become a better listener, reader and performer of music. Through listening and movement activities, the student learns to perceive and to discriminate among the rhythmic and structural elements of music: tempo, dynamics, articulation, pitch, pulse, meter, rhythmic and melodic patterns, phrasing and simple form. The students are challenged to develop a kinesthetic and independent understanding of those elements (internalizing the music theory) and demonstrate the music theory in movement to expand and to elaborate his/her understanding of those elements (musicianship). Eurhythmics classes include: rhythmic movement, solfege (ear training) and improvisation.   All lessons are developed from the music examples.  Those examples include, but are not limited to, classical music, multi-cultural folk music, contemporary improvisation and jazz. Four levels of Dalcroze Eurhythmics are offered at City Music Center. Courses are designed in a two-year cycle. They include: 

PreK/Kindergarten (Preschool and Kindergarten)
Work at this level is designed to bring the building blocks of music to the student through rhythmic movement, singing, listening and creating.   Building blocks include, but are not limited to:  beat, rhythm, melody, form, articulation, analysis, meter and solfege.

Primary - Grades 1 and 2
Students will continue to explore the elements of music through rhythmic movement, ear training with syllables, rhythmic and melodic sight-reading, listening and creating.  Students will begin to layer musical concepts such as melody and rhythm, rhythm and form, sol-fa syllables and movement.

Elementary - Grades 3 and 4
Designed to challenge the student to a more thorough understanding of the elements of music: binary rhythm patterns, conducting patterns, syncopation, major scale patterns and intervals, ostinato, simple form, solfege and expressive elements of music. This is a partner-course with Musicianship I. 

Intermediate - Grades 5 and 6
Students take a deeper look at the elements of music. Music is analyzed in detail through movement, solfege and improvisation. Advanced musical concepts are presented and the students are challenged to create rhythmic movement that describes both the musical concepts and analysis. This is a partner-course with Musicianship II.