Our educational approach, based upon the work of the Swiss born musician, music educator, and philosopher, Emile Jaques-Dalcroze (1865-1950) promulgates that theory must follow practice, that listening be the basis of all music education, that positive self-expression be nurtured, and that the joy arising from a freedom of physical, emotional and spiritual restraint be cultivated.
In order to accomplish this goal, we at The Bethlehem Music Settlement have designed a curriculum built upon three basic elements: Private Instruction, Group Lesson Instruction, and Performance. The three branches of our program combine into a comprehensive musical experience and an inclusive musical education.
Students learn, cultivate, and develop the appropriate physical movements, gestures, and techniques for singing and playing while gaining the intellectual knowledge and understanding of musical form, analysis, and structure all through a wide-ranging experience of music itself and culminating in a plethora of live performances.
Please review our curriculum and feel free to contact our Director, Jack Stevenson at 610-691-5544 or at [email protected] with any questions.