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About The Institute

The Institute for Jaques-Dalcroze Education, LLC is owned and operated by Jack Stevenson, Diplôme Supérieur Jaques-Dalcroze, an internationally recognized Jaques-Dalcroze pedagogue. The Institute provides authentic Jaques-Dalcroze teacher training for musicians and music educators.  The school sits on the grounds of the 108 acres Monocacy Manor estate, bounded by Monocacy Creek, and nestled on the outskirts of Bethlehem, PA. (upper image) The natural beauty of the grounds includes wide open spaces for walking, while the gentle flow of the creek provides an atmosphere of solitude and relaxation.

 

The main teaching components of the Institute are the Summer Institute and the Dalcroze National Holidays program.   We offer other supplemental program throughout the year.   All programs provide hands-on experience of the whole Jaques-Dalcroze approach: Eurhythmics, Solfège, Improvisation, Plastique Animée, Pedagogy, and Philosophy.  Together, these programs prepare the candidates for the new American three-tiered certification course and the licensing program.  The certification curriculum divides into three levels; Level I - Basic Jaques-Dalcroze Certification, Level II Intermediate Jaques-Dalcroze Certification, and  Level III, Advanced Jaques-Dalcroze Certificate.  Level III certification will grant students entrance into the Jaques-Dalcroze License Program.

 

Also on the estate is The Center for Renewal (lower image) provides room and board for all students and guest faculty.  The Center houses beautifully appointed bedrooms with private bath rivaling America's best "bed and breakfasts." Delicious meals, meticulously prepared by the resident chef, are served in the spacious formal dining hall complete with linen table cloths. The guests enjoy a hot American breakfast, a full hot lunch, and a delicious full-course supper.  The chef honors all dietary needs at no additional fee including vegan, vegetarian, low sodium, low or no carb, and gluten free among others.

 

The mission of the School Sisters of St. Francis is to include all people and provide an atmosphere of genuine hospitality. The Sisters provide all the essential creature comforts for study including fast WIFI, snacks, ice cream, coffee, and tea twenty-four hours a day.  Photocopying and laundry facilities are also available.

 

In any season, fall, spring, winter or summer, the Institute for Jaques-Dalcroze Education at Monocacy Manor is the perfect location for exploring one's transformational power in music, movement, and music teaching through the direct experience in the Jaques-Dalcroze Approach.  The Institute allows one to gain new insights into the art of music, and develop unique skills, strategies, and inspiration for music performance and teach

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