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dalcroze eurhythmics and its applications

In Geneva, the Jaques-Dalcroze method is well known in the primary school system to benefit children’s general education. It is also taught in music schools (including the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze) as a musical training.

By promoting innovation and research – by opening up new artistic, socio-cultural and scientific fields of application, the IJD strives to develop its propositions for an increasingly diverse public, thanks in particular to support from private funds. Various applied research projects have recently enabled the IJD to develop a new range of courses based on its teaching principles.

classes for seniors

Rhythmics for seniors is more than just a physical activity; it stimulates (among other things) balance, coordination, attention, concentration, and memory. It develops musicality, imagination, and relaxation in a friendly and welcoming context. A scientific study in collaboration with the HUG (Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève) has shown that regular practice of rhythmics reduces the risk of falls by 50%. Multiple other scientific studies have been finalised or are in progress.
Courses are also offered in nursing homes/care homes (EMS, Etablissements Médico-Sociaux).

Consult the seniors Rhythmics classes page (in French).

rhythmics and health

Several collaborations have been organised, notably Rhythmics and Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, etc.

specialised education

Rhythmics can intervene in several areas. In particular, it has been shown to aid social integration, and positively impact people with learning difficulties or disabilities.

  • courses for adults at IJD and La Combe (Établissements pour l’intégration – EPI);
  • courses for deaf or partially deaf children at the CCS in Geneva;
  • courses for blind and visually impaired children at the CPHV in Lausanne;
  • musical activity at Villa YoYo (Christian Unions of Geneva), with Rhythmics as a means of helping children and adolescents to learn and integrate, in collaboration with the Musique et Vie association (for more information: © Mouvements – Publication de l’IJD – 2009);
  • courses for mothers and children in collaboration with AMIC, Association of Intercultural Mediators (find out more in French).
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