College of Education Hosts First KES Workshop

KU elementary education majors Moriah Steenkemp (left) and Rachel Gowins took part in an eurhythmics exercise where participants discover an awareness of their own space and the space of others within an expanding rhythmic pattern.

The College of Education hosted the first Kentucky Eurhythmics Society (KES) workshop on March 21. The event was attended by more than 60 elementary education majors, music majors, Kentucky teachers, and professionals from around the state. The clinician, Dr. David Frego, is President of the American Eurhythmics Society and Chair of the Music Department at the University of San Antonio.

Eurhythmics connects music, art, and improvisation through movement. Founded by Emile Jacques Dalcroze, the study of Eurhythmics is valuable at all ages but benefits are clearly seen when lessons begin in early childhood. The exploration of time, space, and dynamic energy is fundamental to the approach, which is often used in music therapy and a variety of music and movement-based approaches.

Dr. Nicola Mason (EKU assistant professor of music education, Department of Curriculum & Instruction) is secretary of the newly formed Kentucky Eurhythmics Society (KES) and elected to host the first KES workshop at EKU because of the College of Education's strong support of music and arts education in teacher preparation at EKU. "March was Music in Our Schools Month and so it was the perfect time for KES's inaugural workshop," Mason said. “Music in Our Schools Month is the National Association for Music Education's annual celebration of music education. It aims at engaging music educators, students, and communities from around the country in promoting the benefits of high quality music education programs in schools.”

Published on April 07, 2015