Policies for Rhythmic-Solfège Courses (ages 7-14)
Age Requirements, Registration Guidelines, and Parental Involvement
For Rhythmic-Solfège students, the ages are approximations. This is a both an experiential and a skill-based program, so students must be placed according to age and ability. Any students who have not had Eurhythmics experience must discuss class-placement with the director to guarantee their child is in the appropriate class; this will aid in establishing a solid, deep, and joyous musical education. It is expected that all Rhythmic-Solfège students in levels II and above take applied instrumental lessons or take dance lessons; this ensures that they can make practical applications to their specific instrument or dance courses. Parents are welcome and encouraged to sit in on the last few minutes of each class so they can know more about their child's work and can help them practice at home. Please feel free to ask the instructor if you have any questions regarding homework or practice suggestions.
Materials and Practice
All Rhythmic-Solfège students are required to purchase an inexpensive metallophone (about $35, due at the first class. If this is a financial hardship, please talk to us). This instrument will be provided on the first day of classes and will be used throughout the Rhythmic-Solfège sequence. Students must bring this instrument to each class along with a 3-ring binder with their completed homework assignments. Parents must practice with their child a minimum of 10 minutes, 5 days each week to ensure that their child is progressing and maximizing his or her potential.
At the end of each academic year, those students enrolled in the Rhythmic-Solfège sequence will have the opportunity to take exams to pass into the next level of study. Based on the recommendation of the instructor as well as input from the parents, a student may take the graduation exams. No child will be permitted to take an exam if he or she is not ready, as this could be detrimental to the child's development. These courses are designed to allow as much time as necessary before graduating into the next level of study; this ensures that every child's musical education is challenging and nurturing at the same time. Those students who successfully complete the entire sequence will receive a Solfège Diploma jointly from the Dalcroze School of Boston and Dalcroze School of the Rockies, and will be ready for any freshman-year university/conservatory solfège program.
Preparing for Class
Dress Comfortably: Dalcroze is an experiential way of learning music through the body. Please dress for comfortable movement. We recommend loose clothing that will not restrict range of motion, like shorts, yoga pants, sweat pants and a short sleeve/long sleeve t-shirt. Please avoid jeans and restrictive clothing. If dresses are worn, please wear shorts underneath so the student will feel comfortable moving freely.
Take off shoes & socks: Dalcroze classes are done barefoot. This is because in Dalcroze Education, the body is the principle instrument. We learn musical nuance through movement. (Ever try playing the piano with boxing gloves or mittens?). Students should have shoes and socks off and stored neatly in the "shoe area" prior to the start of class.
Come to class prepared: Students should be fully ready for the start of class including bathroom use, snack, etc.
What to bring to class: Please bring a three-ring binder and a water bottle.
As a form of respect to fellow students and the teacher, classes with the Dalcroze School of Boston start punctually. Students should be prepared (bathroom used; healthy snack had; shoes and socks off) by the start of class. Students entering late are kindly asked to quietly wait in the doorway until the teacher's signal so that they do not distract students by joining an activity that has already begun.
Definition of Respect and Behaviour Expectations
Dalcroze Education is dynamic, exciting and fun. Students will learn the same concepts that they would learn in any good instrumental study or music theory class — but they will do so in a joyous, experiential, social way. Because Dalcroze Education is a way to deeply learn music, it is not a free-for-all! Active listening and student effort are vital to the success of the class.
In a Dalcroze classroom, respect means that everyone has the freedom to participate at her or his personal best and derive maximum benefit from the class. Behaviour that interferes with a student's ability to participate at her or his personal best and derive maximum benefit from the class is considered disrespectful.
- At all times, DSB teachers commit to respect students both by orienting the class towards maximium student benefit and by communicating with students in a way that honours students' rights and dignity.
- At all times, Dalcroze School of Boston students are expected to participate respectfully, honouring the right of their fellow students and their teacher to participate at their personal best.
If a child must withdraw from class after enrollment but before the end of the 3rd week of class, tuition will refunded on a prorated basis. After the 3rd week of classes, tuition is non-refundable, but can be credited towards the next semester.
Any concerns regarding registration, placement, or any other inquiries should be addressed to the director. Click here to contact us.
If a child misses a class due to illness or other circumstance, he or she may attend a different class of the same level that same week. If you wish to schedule a make-up lesson, please contact the instructor who is teaching the class directly.
One make-up class will be scheduled for class cancellations due to inclement weather. In the case of extreme weather conditions, please check in with the Dalcroze School of Boston at (857) 222-0235, the Children's Music Center of Jamaica Plain at (617) 524-1784, or on the DSB website where information will be posted regarding closures. now cancellations beyond one are considered an act of Nature, and are not made up or refunded.