About the Director

John R. Stevenson holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Duquesne University, a License d’Enseignment (M.M.) with the Premiere Prix en Pedagogy and the Diplôme Supérieur Jaques-Dalcroze (D.M.A.) from the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva, Switzerland.


John has taught Dalcroze Studies on the faculty of St. Laurance College, Montreal, Laval University in Quebec City, and at Ithaca College, where he was a tenured Associate Professor. During his 12 years at Ithaca, he founded the Division of Jaques-Dalcroze Education in the graduate school of music, as well as the Ensemble Jaques-Dalcroze Plastique Animée. Ithaca College honored him as the Dana Teaching Fellow for his “outstanding contributions to the classroom.”


John left Ithaca to serve on the music faculty and chair the Performing Arts Department at The Spence School in New York City. During his eight-year tenure at Spence, John was honored with the Zuckerman Foundation Award for teaching excellence.


John has served as guest faculty in music education, piano improvisation, ear-training and choreography at many leading colleges and universities including: Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva, Switzerland, (professor in residence) Oberlin Conservatory of Music, (artist in residence) The Royal Conservatory of Toronto, Carnegie-Mellon University among others. John has co-authored the text Rhythm and Pitch: An Integrated Approach to Sightsinging, published by Prentice-Hall. His latest publication is an iBook published on iTunes "Pursuing A Jaques-Dalcroze Education - Solfége Volume I" and is currently writing Volume II and III.  It is the most comprehensive textbook on Jaques-Dalcroze Solfège published to date.

John R. Stevenson, Diplome Superieur Jaques-Dalcroze

Click here to read reviews of Jack's teaching by Edith Naef and Marie-Laure Bachmann.

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