ADRI to host public workshop on Dalcroze Eurhythmics

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — David Frego, professor and director of the School of Music, will lead a presentation and workshop, “Rhythmic Movement Therapy,” on Tuesday, Sept. 11, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Arts and Design Research Incubator (ADRI) in 16 Borland Building. The participatory workshop will provide examples of movement therapy, plus research trends in this field.

Dalcroze Eurhythmics has been used as a training approach for dancers, actors, and musicians since 1900, according to Frego. “The approach manipulates time, space, and energy to keep the artist present," he said, adding that lately, Eurhythmics is being used as a therapeutic tool.

“Rhythmic Movement Therapy” is part of the Tuesday dialogue series hosted by the ADRI. The program is open to the public, but registration is required.

Frego joined the Penn State music faculty in 2017 after serving for nine years as chair of music at the University of Texas at San Antonio and 12 years as faculty and associate director at the Ohio State University.

He is past president of the American Eurhythmics Society and the Dalcroze Society of America, and regularly presents workshops on Dalcroze Eurhythmics throughout the globe. While performing artists of all ages benefit from rhythmic training, Eurhythmics in teacher training is an important focus of Frego’s research. Other teaching and research areas include dance philosophy and the application of Dalcroze Eurhythmics as palliative care for adults with post-traumatic stress.

Frego has published book chapters, DVDs, books, and articles in both music education journals and medical journals for arts medicine. He co-authored "Meaningful Movement: A Music Teacher’s Guide to Dalcroze Eurhythmics" with Marla Butke.

About the ADRI

The Arts and Design Research Incubator provides support for high-impact arts and design research projects. All programs are free and open to the public and, unless otherwise noted, take place in the ADRI, 16 Borland Building.

For more information and to view the full listing of dialogues, workshops and events, visit Connect with Penn State ADRI on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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Last Updated August 30, 2018