First International Conference of Dalcroze Studies

24-26 July 2013
Coventry University, UK

Our conference
In recent years there has been an upsurge in the academic study of embodiment and the centrality of movement and rhythm in music cognition, education and performance. This conference seeks to extend our understanding of Dalcroze Eurhythmics from these and a wide variety of other perspectives: historical, cultural, socio-political, theoretical, philosophical and empirical. It also seeks to promote interdisciplinary dialogue between researchers into Dalcroze Eurhythmics and those from a wide field of related disciplines and practices.

2013 sees the centenary of the London School of Dalcroze Eurhythmics (LSDE), founded to promote the teaching method of Emile Jaques-Dalcroze (1865-1950) in the UK. This is the first international conference of Dalcroze Studies and is part of the celebrations to mark the centenary of the LSDE.

Confirmed keynote speakers
Prof. Louise Mathieu, Université Laval, Canada
Prof. Maxine Sheets-Johnstone, University of Oregon, USA
Dr Katie Overy, University of Edinburgh, UK
Dr Joan Pope OAM, President Dalcroze Australia
Dr Selma Odom (Professor Emerita), York University, Canada

Delegate fee- £120
Fee includes lunch & refreshments, conference materials, performances and historical exhibitions

Registration closes 24 June 2013

Call for abstracts
The conference committee invites presentations on topics such as, but not limited to, the following:

• Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, his teaching, writings, composition and improvisation, and his musical, philosophical and cultural influences
• The history and impact of Dalcroze Eurhythmics worldwide
• The relationships between Dalcroze Eurhythmics, theatre, dance and other educational and somatic practices
• Past and present applications of Dalcroze Eurhythmics
• Current pedagogical practice
• Dalcroze, health and wellbeing
• The Dalcroze identity

It is an aim of the conference to foster interdisciplinary practice and research between Dalcroze and other fields. Therefore, we also welcome related presentations on music, movement and the body from a range of disciplines and perspectives including: aesthetics, dance, ethnomusicology, evolutionary biology, gender politics, improvisation, music analysis, music pedagogy, music therapy, musicology, neuroscience, performance studies, phenomenology, psychology, somatic practices and spirituality.

Performances of Jaques-Dalcroze’s music or related repertoire are welcome as well as presentations of plastique animée, theatrical or dance work. Poster presentations may be invited, depending on the amount of submissions received.

The conference committee invites researchers and practitioners to submit abstracts for:
Papers (20 mins)
Dalcroze teaching demonstrations (60 mins)
Workshops (45 mins)
Symposia- a shared platform for three researchers/practitioners to present a specific topic in-depth (60 mins)
Position papers- short papers setting out an idea and asking for feedback (7 mins)
Performances- timings to be arranged with conference committee

All presentations will be followed by additional time for discussion.

Please submit the following information:
• Title of presentation
• Type of presentation (paper, symposium etc.)
• Name/s of presenter/s
• Affiliation/s
• Requirements (e.g. audiovisual, spaces, instruments)
• Contact details
• Description (If a research paper, please use the following headings: introduction, methodology, results and discussion)

All submissions must be no more than 300 words

To submit your paper please click here

Deadline for submissions: 07 January 2013
Notification of outcome by 28 February 2013

Conference committee
Dr John Habron, Coventry University, UK (chair)
Dr Ruth Alperson (Dean), Hoff-Barthelson Music School, USA
Karin Greenhead (Director of Studies), Dalcroze Society UK
Dr Marja-Leena Juntunen, Sibelius Academy, Finland
Prof. Reto W. Kressig MD (Chair of Geriatrics), University of Basel, Switzerland
Dr Louise Mathieu, Université Laval, Canada
Dr Sandra Nash, Dalcroze Australia
Dr Selma Odom (Professor Emerita), York University, Canada
Dr Joan Pope OAM, President Dalcroze Australia
Dr Jane Southcott (Associate Professor), Monash University, Australia

For general questions about the event or submission of abstracts please contact Julia Baron, 02476 888236 or email:

For questions regarding the content of the conference, or for information on becoming a conference partner/sponsor, please contact John Habron by email:

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