Teacher Certification

There are three internationally recognized credentials offered in Dalcroze Education:  the Certificate, the License, and the Diplôme Supérieur.  The meaning and authority conveyed by the Certificate can vary in each training program, but it is generally granted to those who are ready to teach introductory Dalcroze music and movement concepts.  The License is the most advanced Dalcroze credential offered here in the United States, and it generally  enables holders to teach students of all ages and levels in Eurhythmics, Solfège, Improvisation, Plastique Animée, and Pedagogy.  The Diplôme Supérieur (a doctoral equivalent here in the US) is the terminal degree for in Dalcroze study, and it is only offered in Geneva Switzerland.  Diplômés are representatives of the Dalcroze Method;  they are the only individuals authorized to grant Dalcroze credentials and direct Dalcroze teacher-training programs. 

Anyone interested in the Dalcroze work may study at a recognized training center. Those wishing to pursue Dalcroze teacher training typically study between two and five years to earn the Dalcroze Certificate and several more years to earn the Dalcroze License. Dalcroze Certificates and Licenses are conferred by master Dalcroze teachers who hold the Diploma from the Dalcroze Institute in Geneva, Switzerland.

The DSA has no administrative role in certification. Each training center (See list below.) sets its own standards for teacher certification and administers its own examinations. Typically these include personal examinations in eurhythmics, solfège, and improvisation, as well as demonstrations of teaching ability.
Training centers are run by Dalcroze teachers holding the Diploma, or they may be run by Licensed teachers.If the latter, those teachers will work in conjunction with someone who holds the Diploma when candidates are ready for Certificate and/or License exams. Some teacher training programs are year-round and others are summer only.

The DSA offers scholarships to assist those wishing to become Dalcroze teachers. The scholarship application deadline is March 1 each year, and more information can be found here.

Dalcroze Teacher Training Centers

Dalcroze School of New York
Anne Farber, Director
Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Center
129 West 67th Street
New York, New York 10023

The Diller-Quaile School of Music
Ruth Alperson, Director
Cynthia Lilley, Senior Faculty
24 E. 95th Street, New York, NY 10128
Contact: Kirsten Morgan, executive director 212.369.1484

The Hoff-Barthelson Music School
Ruth Alperson, Dean
25 School Lane
Scarsdale, NY 10583

Institute for Jacques-Dalcroze Education
St. Francis Center for Renewal
395 Bridle Path Rd
Bethlehem, Pa 18017
Contact:  Jack Stevenson or Monica Dale

Carnegie Mellon University
Annabelle Joseph, Director
5000 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Summer Dalcroze Institute

Longy School of Music
Lisa Parker, Director
One Follen St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
617.876.0956, Ext. 2260

 The Dalcroze School of the Rockies/Dalcroze Academy at Colorado State University

Jeremy Dittus
1436 Elizabeth St.
Denver, CO 80206

Dalcroze Northwest at University of Washington
Julia Schnebly-Black, Director
6548 Parkpoint Lane NE
Seattle, WA 98115