Internationally known pianist to conduct music workshop at Saint Martin’s University

April 2, 2014

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LACEY, Wash. – The Saint Martin’s University Music Program will be hosting internationally recognized pianist Stephen Moore, Ph. D., as he conducts a workshop on the Dalcroze approach to music education on Saturday, April 12, on the Lacey campus in Kreilsheimer Hall. Moore will also be a guest at the University’s final installment of the Music @ 11 series on Tuesday, April 15.

The “Putting It All Together” workshop will focus on beginner and intermediate levels of activities for teachers, students and performers in movement, singing and improvisation.

Developed by Emile Jaques-Dalcroze in the early 1900s, the Dalcroze approach teaches an understanding of music through techniques that incorporate rhythmic movement, aural training and physical, vocal and instrumental improvisation.

The influence of Dalcroze has been felt worldwide within the field of music, as well as in dance, therapy, theatre and education. The comprehensive Dalcroze approach consists of three components: Eurhythmics, which teaches concepts of rhythm, structure, and musical expression through movement; Solfège, which develops an understanding of pitch, scale, and tonality through activities emphasizing aural comprehension and vocal improvisation; and Improvisation, which develops an understanding of form and meaning through spontaneous musical creation using movement, voice and instruments. It was Dalcroze’s intent that the three subjects be intertwined so the development of the inner ear, an inner muscular sense, and creative expression can work together to form the core of basic musicianship.

Registration for the workshop begins at 12:30 p.m., with the workshop to follow at 1 p.m. and concluding at 4 p.m. Pre-registration and ticket information is also available for the workshop, which is free for students at Saint Martin’s.

For the Music @ 11 event, Moore will perform a piano recital, “Carnival in Venice,” as well as conduct a master class on the Dalcroze approach with a focus on Eurhythmics. This event will be held in Kreilsheimer Hall at 11 a.m. and it is free and open to the public.

Moore is a piano performance specialist and associate professor of music at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He is a former tenured associate professor of the Oberlin Conservatory. He has performed nationally and internationally in Tokyo, Taipei, Hsinchu, Graz and Salzburg. Moore is co-author with Julia Schnebly Black of two books published by Alfred Inc.: “The Rhythm Inside: Connecting Body, Mind and Spirit” and “Rhythm One-on-One.” He holds a Ph.D. in music theory from Indiana University. His latest CD, “The French Connection” (2012), is a collection of French solo piano music. Moore holds the Dalcroze Certificate from the Manhattan Dalcroze Institute and the License from Columbia University, Teacher’s College. Since 1997, he has taught at the Marta Sanchez Summer Training Center (Carnegie Mellon University) and at the Northwest Dalcroze Summer Training Center since 1993. Moore also offers a three-week, intensive summer course in Dalcroze Eurhythmics at California State University, Dominguez Hills, for public school teachers.

University Associate Professor of Music Darrell Born, chair of the University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts and the Music Program director, created the “Music @ 11” recital series, now in its ninth year, to raise awareness of the musical arts and provide opportunities for students and the community to experience various kinds of music in a recital setting.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.

For additional information:

Darrell Born
Chair, Fine and Performing Arts Department
360-438-4506; dborn@stmartin.edu

Meg Nugent Dwyer
Media relations manager
360-412-6126; MDwyer@stmartin.edu