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Bear Cub Mandarin Music Specialist and Educator Ms. Ivy presents a four-week summer weekend music course combining the Dalcroze Method with singing. This Mandarin immersion class is designed to introduce children to the beauty of music. Dalcroze is one of the three main music teaching methods developed on the philosophy that in addition to intellectual and academic training, children's education should pay equal attention to the development of both body and mind. The method includes solfège, eurhythmics, and piano improvisation allowing children to cultivate their concentration, aural discernment, and strengths of all memories.

Date: August 6、13、20、27

Location: 1042 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

Time: age 3.5-5 years old 11am-12pm

age 6-8 years old 1pm-2pm

Tuition: $50 per class/ $180 for all four classes

*Classes are non-sequential. New students are welcome at any class space permitting.

We will explore Dvorak's Humoresque, Mozart's Allegro, Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals, and Mandarin Songs!

Bear Cub Mandarin 小熊學園計劃推出四週暑期週末音樂班,課程由 Music Specialist and Educator Ms. Ivy 設計,結合 Dalcroze 節奏教學法與歌唱,全程華語教學,帶領孩子認識音樂的美好。Dalcroze 是世界三大音樂教學法之一,理念為兒童發展除了智力訓練更應與身心並重。教學法包含音感訓練、節奏律動與鋼琴即興,讓孩子在體覺、視覺、聽覺與心智等多元訓練中,培養專注力、判斷力與記憶力。

上課日期: August 6、13、20、27

上課時間: age 3.5-5 11am-12pm

age 6-8 1pm-2pm


About the Instructor

Taiwanese pianist, soprano, and educator, Ivy I-Fang Lee has performed in Taiwan, the United States, Poland, Switzerland, Germany, and Portugal. Her instructors include Paul Badura-Skoda, Bernd Glemser, and Manuela Gouveia. Ivy has attended Bad Steben Internationale Musikbegegnungsstätte Haus Marteau, Germany in 2018 and Semana Internacional de Piano de Óbidos International Piano Master Classes & Festival, Portugal in 2017. While studying in Taiwan, she was interested in Dalcroze Eurhythmics and attended the Polish-Taiwanese Seminar of Emile Jaques-Dalcroze’s Method at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland in 2017.

Ivy earned a BM degree in piano performance at National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan in 2019, and in 2020, won a scholarship to study with Corrine Byrne in a MM degree program at Longy School of Music of Bard College. In 2022, Ivy was awarded a scholarship for a Therapeutic Musician - Certified Music Practitioner, Music for Healing and Transition Program, Inc. Since 2015, she has maintained a private studio teaching piano to students aged 6 to 60, incorporating the Dalcroze Method and eurhythmics into all her classes. In 2022, Ivy joined the team at Bear Cub Mandarin Immersion Preschool Academy, Infant and Toddler Center as an early childhood eurhythmics teacher and music specialist educator.

Ivy believes that “Children are Born Musicians”. Children who are taught to experience and appreciate music through physicality can develop a greater sense of rhythm, harmony, and melody. The Dalcroze method provides a multi-dimensional approach to music learning, which is readily applicable to young children. She also enjoys reading, cooking, and camping in her free time!

About the Dalcroze Method

What is Dalcroze?

Dalcroze Eurhythmics is the oldest of the three main music teaching methods in the world, and has been used in music therapy for over a century. Dalcroze Eurhythmics was developed by Swiss musician and educator Émile Jaques-Dalcroze.

Dalcroze studies the learning process of "observing, experiencing, thinking" of J. H. Pestalozzi, a child development educator, and advocates that in addition to intellectual training, children's development should pay equal attention to both mind and body. The philosophy of Dalcroze's teaching method is to "form musical awareness through bodily experience", and regard "singing voice" and "body" as the basis of music learning. The method includes solfège, eurhythmics, and piano improvisation allowing children to cultivate their concentration, aural discernment, and strengths of all memories.

Dalcroze believes that the performance of any musical instrument needs to show inner feelings and thoughts through body movements. Movement experience is the medium for discovering musical materials and sensing musical information; when movements become the external expression of sound, abstract concepts will become more concrete. The highest level of Dalcroze teaching method "Plastique Animée” uses exquisite and smooth body creation to visualize the musical form and structure of music. Dance is the analysis of music. Students who study Dalcroze have clear thinking and imagination in music, and the method has also influenced countless art and literary elites such as Vatslav Nijinsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Orff Schulwerk, Kodály method and Montessori.

This rhythm course will introduce children to the beauty of music through combining the Dalcroze Method with singing.

Dalcroze 節奏教學法是世界三大音樂教學法中歷史最悠久的一個,應用在音樂治療已有百年歷史。創始者為瑞士籍音樂家與教育家 Emile Jaques-Dalcroze。

Dalcroze 研究兒童成長教育家 J. H. Pestalozzi 的「觀察、體驗、思考」學習過程,主張兒童發展除了智力訓練更應與身心並重。 Dalcroze 教學法的理念為「以身體經驗形成音樂意識」,將「歌喉」與「身體」視為音樂學習的基礎。教學法包含 「音感訓練」、「音樂節奏律動」 與「鋼琴即興」,在體覺、視覺、聽覺與心智等多元訓練中,培養專注力、判斷力與記憶力。

Dalcroze 認為任何樂器的演奏都需透過肢體動作來呈現內心的感受與思想,動作體驗是發覺音樂素材、感應音樂訊息的媒介;當動作成為聲音的外在表現時,抽象的概念會更加具體。Dalcroze 教學法的最高境界 「聞樂起舞」(Plastique Animée) 使用精美流暢的肢體創作讓音樂的曲式與結構具象化,舞蹈是樂曲的解析。學習 Dalcroze 的學生在音樂上具有清晰的思考能力和想像力,教學法也影響了無數藝文界菁英如 Vatslav Nijinsky、Sergei Rachmaninoff、Orff Schulwerk、Kodály method 與 Montessori。

本律動課程將透過應用 Dalcroze 節奏教學法與歌唱,帶領孩子認識音樂的美好。