Professor Emile Jaques-Dalcroze taught harmony and solfege at the conservatory in Geneva in 1892. During his experience teaching, he noticed that his students would naturally and spontaneously react to music. They would sway, tap or swing their arms. By capitalizing on this instinct he developed a new method of music education. He believed that the body is the instrument and that it should be the primary utensil for musical understanding training and instruction.
During the Enrhythmics activities, students will move in response to the music they are hearing in the room. Because of this heuristic process, the students will independently learn rhythm, structure and musical expression.
By learning to sing solfege with syllables, the students develop a understanding of pitch and tonality. Activities are structured around aural comprehension and vocal improvisation.
Through movement, the student will begin to develop a heuristic understanding of form. The student will be given the opportunity to spontaneously imagine and create musical art with their voice, movement or instruments.