Instructor Biography

Dawn Pratson earned her Dalcroze license in 2004, and was the founding music specialist at the Folk Arts Cultural Treasures Charter School in Philadelphia from 2005-2015. She is a musician (flute, piano, voice) and modern/contemporary dancer and choreographer. She teaches Dalcroze Eurhythmics at the University of the Arts and Temple University and teaches workshops around the U.S. and abroad.

Music Made Visible: Dalcroze Plastique Animé
with Dawn Pratson
presented by Dance TAG (Teaching Artist Group) 


Sunday, December 3, 2017

1:00 pm–3:00 pm 



Plastique Animé is the art of interpreting a piece of music in movement in such a way as to make the music visible. Coming from the music education approach named after Swiss composer and music educator, Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, called "Dalcroze Eurhythmics," Plastique Animé is a tool for deepening students' musicianship by embodying the music. Through active listening and score analysis, the choreographer/teacher selects which musical subjects to focus on and designs a series of lessons whereby students listen, analyze, learn choreography that the teacher created as well as create their own. In this workshop, we will work with a piece of classical music to create a plastique piece together. We will experience and discuss different ways for students to actively listen, analyze and embody the music, breaking it down into music subjects such as form, beat and subdivisions, rhythmic elements, dynamics, phrase, etc. Suggestions for classical pieces for plastiques will be shared and we will discuss the adaptations for students of all ages.

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