Musicianship is a requirement for our students. Class assignments are made on the basis of both a placement examination and an assessment by the Musicianship Coordinator.
Musicianship is an integral part of the curriculum. Classes develop music reading skills, a keen ear, a sensitivity to musical expressiveness, and an understanding of musical form and structure, all of which are a necessary part of a complete musical education. These four areas are the pillars upon which the CPSM musicianship curriculum is founded. They are introduced and nurtured by activities appropriate to the learning stage of each student through each level of musicianship.
These classes also offer a valuable supplement to private lessons. For those students who have completed the mandatory eight-level curriculum, electives of Advanced Theory and Music Literature are offered.
The Dalcroze method was developed by the Swiss musician Emile Jacques-Dalcroze. It was his interest in rhythm as a fundamental component of music that led him to create an approach to teaching music to the very young that is based on eurythmics and body movement.
Dalcroze classes ideally provide a stimulating environment in which young minds are able to experience musical expression at a most sensitive early age.
Students who have had Dalcroze training will find a natural transition to Suzuki method classes at CPSM. The exposure to both rhythmic and improvisational elements of music provides an essential foundation to the process of learning a musical instrument.
There are three main areas of Dalcroze training:
- singing and ear-training
Students need to be at least two-and-a-half years of age and no more than four years age at the start of the semester. The youngest students will be expected to attend with an adult partner.
Children will explore these musical elements in an animated and inspiring manner that will train both the body and the mind. Students need to be at least two-and-a-half years of age and no more than four years age at the start of the semester. The youngest students will be expected to attend with an adult partner.
Please consult CPSM for specific cutoff dates each term.