Dalcroze Trainers' Biography

Hélène Nicolet
Diplôme Superieur

Miss Hélène Nicolet was born in Geneva, Switzerland and studied music by Eurhythmics at the Jaques Dalcroze Institute. Fascinated by the relationship between movement and music, she was admitted in 2002 into the professional class of the Jaques Dalcroze Institute and spent time at the Eurhythmics Institute in Belgium, where she was intensively taught movement and the circus arts. In Switzerland, Ms. Nicolet obtained her Dalcroze License in 2006 (with prizes for the best level of license, the best lesson for adults and the best Eurhythmics exam). She obtained her Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of Applied Sciences (Conservatory of Music in Geneva) and has been teaching Eurhythmics in music schools, elementary and secondary public schools, at the Jean Martinelli Ballet Center and music education to general practitioner teachers.

Parallel to her professional training, Ms. Nicolet studied classical piano as well as cello, and now participates in a wide variety of musical ensembles (piano accompanist for singers and instrumentalists, Baroque trio and a jazz-folk duo). During numerous trips to Asia, Hélène was introduced to Indian classical flute and yoga and subsequently founded the Kashi Association, a cultural project for disadvantaged children in Varanasi, India. During her stay in New York in 2011, Ms. Nicolet became a Certified Movement Analyst at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. In 2012, she obtained the Diplôme Superieur, the highest qualification for the Dalcroze studies in Geneva Institute.

 

Dr. Joan Pope
Diplôme Superieur

Dr. Joan Pope OAM is a West Australian arts educator with qualifications, committee service and lecturing experience, in music, dance, theatre, and visual arts. Current President of Dalcroze Australia and Hon. Life Member of it, as well as ASME (WA), AUSDANCE and Fellow of ACHPER, her OAM and Medal of the Centenary of Federation were awarded in recognition of her work in creative arts in the community. In the 1960s she founded Festivals for Children, CATS (Childrens Activities Times Society), POD (Playgrounds on Demand) and AYPAA ( Australian Youth Performing Arts). Specialising in 'music-through-movement' for young children, Joan has also worked extensively with Seniors in Arts Recreation. Her Dalcroze experiences flow from initial study in London in 1953; gaining her Dalcroze Licentiate in 1957 after intensive study with Heather Gell in Sydney. Several study journeys to Geneva, and visits to many other Dalcroze centres over the decades allowed her to work with a great variety of teachers and gain a wide view. She has presented at many international conferences and workshops and is known to be an imaginative, creative teacher who values the heritage of the Dalcroze approach.

Dr Pope, from Perth, has made many visits to Singapore over the past twenty years and is delighted to once again come and share ideas and practice. In addition to holding the Dalcroze Licentiate, Dr Pope holds the Diplome Superieur ( Geneva); PhD (Monash); B.A. & Dip. Ed., (UWA) B. Ed & M. Ed.,(ECU ); LRAM drama and mime(London); Adv Cert, Art & Design (Perth,TAFE).

 

Dr. Sandra Nash
Diplôme Superieur

Dr Sandra Nash, Director Of Studies, F.I.E.R Delegate, PhD, BMus, Diplôme Supérieur (Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva)
After teaching in schools and universities in Sydney, Sandra Nash became a freelance Dalcroze Eurhythmics and piano teacher in 1991. At the Sydney Conservatorium of Music she taught Dalcroze Eurhythmics for over a decade in the Tertiary program (Music Education) and in the Open Academy’s Junior Training Program. As Director of Studies for Dalcroze Australia Sandra has been conducting Summer Courses and workshops around Australia since 1994, and continues to teach and examine internationally.

 

Jerison Harper Lee
MA in Dalcroze Pedagogy BA (HEM), MA (HEM)

Jerison Harper Lee received both his Bachelor of Arts in music and movement and Master of Arts in Dalcroze pedagogy from Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva. He has also travelled to several other countries to study with various Dalcroze teachers to understand the difference in approach. While he was in Geneva, He also studied ballet and modern dance in Geneva dance center and Dance area. He is eager to spread the wonders of the Dalcroze approach to music and dance educators in Asia. He has given workshops in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, Europe, America and Australia.

A native Singaporean, Jerison has performed on international stages as a member of the Singapore National Youth Orchestra, National University of Singapore Symphony orchestra, The Philharmonic Youth Winds, Braddell Heights Symphony and the Singapore Police Force Band.

 

Ms Anne-Claire
License, Dalcroze Institute, Geneva

Miss Anne-Claire Rey-Bellet is a License holder of the Jaques-Dalcroze Institute, Geneva, Anne-Claire Rey-Bellet teaches eurhythmics and solfège to students of from age 3 to 102 at the Instittute. She also teaches several other classes like introductory to piano improvisation, group piano, and seniors with reduced mobility or the Alzheimer’s. She is responsible for training student teachers in the professional course at the institute with pedagogy and methodology. She gives lectures in various fields related to the method and gives workshops for public school music teachers. She has been invited to teach abroad in Classical Music Festival of Megève. As a member of the Association Romania, Bucharest, she has introduced the Dalcroze method there. The different courses she provides enable her to create links between the different facets of Jaques-Dalcroze and allows music and rhythm to be a precious and critical path throughout life.

 

Eva Nivbrant Wedin
Senior Lecturere, Dalcroze Eurhythmic
Royal College of Music, Stockholm

Eva Nivbrant Wedin is a Swedish Eurhythmic teacher. She graduated from Malmö Academy of Music in 1979 and continued her further studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. She also combined her music studies with studies in Educational Sciences at Linköping University and in Psychology at Stockholm University.

Eva has worked as Music/Eurhythmic teacher in various school forms and has been teaching at all levels from young children to professional musicians.

Since 1996 she has been a Senior Lecturer at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (KMH). She has also been employed at other Swedish universities, such as University College of Music Education in Stockholm (1996-2000) and The Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences (1996-2004). She has been honoured twice with the students’ price “G-klaven” for her teaching, in 1999 and 2013.

Eva is often engaged as guest lecturer for various occasions, for instance at universities in South Africa, Bulgaria, Finland and Sweden. She has also given workshops, for the teachers, at more than 40 Music schools in Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

Eva is involved in various forms of international exchange. She is active in a European network for eurhythmic educations, which include congresses and exchanges. She has also been invited to lecturing at other network meetings, such as ESTA (European String Teachers Association) and EPTA (European Piano Teachers Association) in Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

Eva has given workshops/presentations at many international congresses; in China, Malaysia, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Iceland, Finland, Greece, Brazil, Australia and South Africa.

During 2003-2010 Eva was the project leader for The Linnaeus-Palme exchange programme between KMH and University of Cape Town, a programme including teacher and student exchange, funded by Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency). As an extension of this programme, she has initiated and supported exchange programmes between primary/secondary schools in South Africa and Sweden. Since 2011 she has been the project leader for The Linnaeus-Palme exchange programme between KMH and North-West University in Potchefstroom.

Eva is also active as a writer and her recent publication Playing Music With The Whole body has been translated into English.

 

Yoriko Ohki
License, Dalcroze Institute, Geneva

A graduate of Kunitachi College of Music (Eurhythmics major), Yoriko Ohki obtained her Dalcroze Certificate from the Dalcroze Training Center at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Music, and her Dalcroze License from the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva. A trustee of the Jaques-Dalcroze Society of Japan, she teachers eurhythmics at various music schools including “Eurhythmics: Rhythmics for Adults”, “Rhythm no Mori”, the International Academy of Suzuki Method, Kokugakuin university (Yokohama) and at Kindergartens and music groups in Tokyo. She also conducts workshops on improvisation and music arrangement at the Yamanote Branch of the Piano Teachers’ National Association of Japan (PTNA) run by To-on Kikaku.