Monday, September 26, 2011


Ashland University’s Dr. Marla Butke, Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music Education, and Dr. Ron Blackley, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, are serving as officers for the newly formed Ohio Chapter of the Dalcroze Society of America.  To launch the new organization, several Dalcroze workshops will be offered at Ashland University throughout the upcoming year. 

Dr. Marla Butke
Based on the artistic and pedagogical principles of Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, the Dalcroze approach teaches an understanding of music’s fundamental concepts, expressive meanings, and deep connections to other arts and activities. Performers, teachers, dancers, actors, children, and senior citizens can all benefit from this approach which incorporates rhythmic movement, aural training and improvisation.

Whether someone is new to Dalcroze, is a college student, or is an experienced Dalcroze teacher, the upcoming workshops at Ashland University will offer experiences with Eurhythmics, improve musicianship and teach applications for the classroom.  With three different workshops offered, each is held in the University’s Redwood Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the specified date.

Beginning on October 8, the first workshop “Dalcroze for All” will be led by David Frego, Music Department Chair at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  As an instructor in Dalcroze Eurhythmics he regularly presents workshops throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. In 1998, Frego established the Dalcroze Research Center in the Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute at Ohio State University. His research in movement-based music education and therapy is published in music education journals and medical journals for arts medicine. Other teaching and research areas include dance philosophy and the application of Dalcroze Eurhythmics as palliative care for terminally ill adults.

Dr. Rowland Blackley
On January 21, Dr. Butke and Dr. Blackley will serve as clinicians for the workshop with special focus on choral rehearsal and general music applications.  With her certification in Dalcroze Eurhythmics from Carnegie-Mellon University, Dr. Butke serves as the head of research for the Dalcroze Society of America.  Dr. Butke has taught general and choral music in public and private schools in Dayton.  While he now supervises all aspects of the choral program and teaches in the areas of conducting and music education, Dr. Blackley has conducted numerous orchestras and bands throughout his career.  Prior to his appointment at Ashland University, Dr. Blackley taught and conducted at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Lindsey Wilson College, Kent State University, and high schools in Ohio and Colorado.

The final workshop of the academic year, “Dalcroze from Kindergarten to Concert Stage,” will be led by Dr. Kathy Thomsen, President of Dalcroze Society of America.  With her Dalcroze Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University and Dalcroze License from Longy School of Music, Professor Thomsen is a pianist, conductor and specialist in Dalcroze Eurhythmics. Her teaching focuses on developing musical understanding and musicianship skills in students through active music-making and physical movement.

The cost for each workshop is $25, or $85 for all three workshops and a membership in the Dalcroze Society of America (membership normally $52).  For college students, the cost is $10 per workshop, or $45 for all three workshops and DSA membership.

 For more information or to register for the workshops, contact Marla Butke at 614.581.4746 or

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