On 1st March Camerata musicians began a seven week project with youngsters at the most formative stage in their musical development. Cellist and Dalcroze Eurythmics specialist Emma Dixon and violinist Gemma Bass went to meet children at Ysgol Emmanuel in Rhyl, and set the seeds for an entertaining and stimulating musical journey over the coming weeks.
|In the morning two groups of 3-4 year old nursery class children were serenaded by the string instruments, and sang songs combined with the rhythmic games and movement which characterise the Dalcroze method. In the afternoon it was the turn of toddlers and their parents to join in the fun.
Dalcroze Eurythmics has been shown to yield impressive results in teaching music to very young children by combining movement and play with music and singing, and encouraging learning by imitation, often with parents present. If having fun and learning go together then the Dalcroze method really does work, if the reaction of these youngsters was anything to go by.