Karin Greenhead

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Professor of Music (Dalcroze Eurhythmics)

PhD; Dip. Sup. Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva; GRSM; ARCM

Email: [email protected]

  • Design, supervise and teach undergraduate and post-graduate courses, classes and workshops in Dalcroze Eurhythmics (DE): improvisation, aural training, rhythmics, Plastique Animée
  • Dynamic Rehearsal, workshops and teaching
  • PhD supervision
  • Create examinations and assessment criteria in Dalcroze Eurhythmics
  • Research and Publication. Dissemination of the Dalcroze practice; music-movement relationships, teaching and learning; research methodologies (especially herneneutic phenomenology)
  • Post-graduate and professional assessment and examination in music. Train examiners in DE
  • Seminars: descriptive writing; reflecting on and writing about experience; writing about Dalcroze Eurhythmics

Background. Graduate of the Royal College of Music and L’Institut Jaques-Dalcroze Geneva, Karin has performed as a pianist, harpsichordist, violinist, singer (Opera, recital and choirs) and conductor and has developed an international reputation as a teacher of Dalcroze Eurhythmics (DE) to professional and student musicians and a trainer of professional Dalcroze teachers. She has also worked extensively with dancers (Royal Ballet School; Central School of Ballet; Northern Ballet Theatre), and with children from 3-years old upwards and adults with a wide range of interests.

Teaching. Karin works regularly as a freelance artist and teacher throughout Europe, USA, and Canada and has been a frequent guest teacher in Australia, Japan and S.E Asia. She taught improvisation and Dalcroze Eurhythmics in instrumental teaching for four years at the Conservatorio di Ferrara and for the last 6 years she has been an annual guest teacher helping with teacher training and examination Hansei University, Seoul. At RNCM, she taught the RNCM Dalcroze modules of the prize-winning Junior Strings project, attached to the PGCE with Specialist Strings (1992-2008) in addition to short courses and classes for other schools. Currently she teaches DE and DR on the Post-Graduate programme at RNCM and is a member of the Post-Graduate research supervision team for masters and doctoral students.

R & D and Publishing. From a background in practical work as a performer and teacher, in 1999 Karin began writing for publication. She has established a reputation for research and publication in Dalcroze-related fields, music-movement relationships and research methodologis relating to practical teaching. She presents frequently at international conferences and is a founder member of the scientific committee of the biennial International Conference of Dalcroze Studies (ICDS). She was a Keynote presenter for ICDS3.

Dynamic Rehearsal (DR) is her application of Dalcroze principles to the rehearsal and performance of musical repertoire, solo and ensemble, also the subject of her PhD: Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Dynamic Rehearsal: A phenomenological investigation into participants’ experiences and their implications for the practice, teaching and learning of music and musical performance, 2019.

Roles. She is Director of Studies for Dalcroze UK; Co-Director of the Dalcroze Eurhythmics International Examination Board (DEIEB); Secretary to the Collège of the Institut Jaques Dalcroze, Geneva and Chair of its new Translation and Publication Committee.

teaching languages: English, French, Italian, German.


Personal Website

Current and Future Research

  • Embodiment and music/movement relationships of various kinds, the practice of Dalcroze Eurhythmics, its applications and the training of it’s teachers.
  • Phenomenology (especially hermeneutic phenomenology) as a philosophy and as a research methodology
  • Music education, performance, teaching and learning
  • Improvisation and the role of the teacher’s improvisation in teaching Dalcroze Eurhythmics.
  • The problem of the undervaluing of practical know-how and hands-on skill. Looking at the nature of practical practices and how the tacit knowledge involved in them and teaching and learning can be shown. Identifying the obstructions to valuing the practical. Writing about experience
  • Practitioner-Researcher issues. Promoting the value of practice and practical know-how as of equal importance to academic research
  • Ethnography
  • Project: Useful techniques for managing mild, post-surgical lymphoedema; pilot development of a training programme for sufferers
  • Project: Translation of works by or relating to Dalcroze and Dalcroze Eurhythmics from the original language into English and from French into a range of languages in countries where Dalcroze training exists but publications are inaccessible ot students.

External Research Roles

    • Part of the team of RNCM researchers in music education, performance, philosophy of music and philosophy of music practice and education (teaching and learning).

For the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze (IJD), Geneva, Secretary to the Collège and Chair of the Translation and Publication Commitee. and its new research project: iinvestigation into the main texts used in training centres worldwide and the translations of texts they need. The Committee also checks the qualifications of proposed translators and checks adequacy of translations offered.

    • Co-author/editor of “The dalcroze Identity/L’identité dalcrozienne; Translator of the French sections of dual language texts produced by the Collège.
    • Co organiser of the Journées d’études of the IJD (professional development)
    • External examiner and consultant for the IJD; Panel member for high level job interviews.
  • Consultant for PhD and Masters candidates , especially those researching into applications of Dalcroze Eurhythmics and related fields.
  • External panel member for senior posts at the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze Geneva and the HEM generally.
  • Founder-Member of the scientific program committee for the International Conference of Dalcroze Studies (ICDS)
  • Dissemination of practice for Dalcroze UK and all the organisations I work with and for. Doing it. Working out how to do it. Teaching others how to write about their work (seminars and writing workshops

Research Funding

Received funding to present at ISME (2012, 2008, 2006) from RNCM and the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva and from Dalcroze Australia for ISME 2006.

Received funding from the Insitut Jaques-Dalcroze for leading the team that produced the document “L’identité Dalcrozienne/the Dalcroze identity” 1st. (2011) and 2nd. (2019) editions (available online from the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva.

Received funding from RNCM to present at the SEMPRE workshop (2011) at GSMD “Stepping out of the shadows: practitioners become researchers” and for “the Reflective conservatoire” conferences held at GSMD in 2006, 2009, 2015.

Received funding to present at two conferences in 2013 both at Coventry University:  The Conference in Dance and Somatic Practices and the First International Conference in Dalcroze Studies (ICDS1)

Received funding from RNCM to present at ICDS2 (Vienna, 2015) and the IJD centenary conference (2015) (co-funded by the IJD) and ICDS3 (Canada, 2017) (Co-funded by Dalcroze Canada).

Received funding from the hosts of the following conferences:

Fundación Pública Andaluza Barenboim-Said, Sevilla. January 27th 2017.

10th National Core Teacher’s Training Program of New Systems Music Education Symposium on Music Education, Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, China, 7 – 9 September 2015.

European Rhythmik congress. Akademie Remscheid, Germany, 2015.

International Japanese Dalcroze Society Congress, 2014

Europäischer Rhythmikkongresse, 2009. Universität Für Musick und Darstellende Kunst, Wien.

Symposium sulla Didattica Strumentale. 2005 Conservatorio di Latina, Italy

Received fee waiver from RNCM to undertake PhD, RNCM with Manchester Metropolitan University (Thesis 2019, completed 2020)

Undergraduate Teaching

  • For the last few years I have not taught Undergraduates at RNCM
  • TLCMD: 3rd and 4th year BMus Instrumental and Vocal teachers and Creative Musician courses
  • Amsterdam Conservatoire. Dynamic Rehearsal for the Flutes at all levels.
  • Hansei University, Seoul UG and PG
  • Since March 2020 – online teaching and training adults; introductory and professional courses in Dalcroze Eurhythmics (DE) (Winter Warmers; Spring into Dalcroze and an online Summer Course) and Dynamic rehearsal (DR) at all levels from introductory to UG and PG students.

Postgraduate Teaching

  • Dalcroze UK: PG Professional Studies: Dalcroze Eurhythmics, rhythmics, improvisation, aural training, plastique animée, written work, presentation, performance and pedagogy. For all levels. Ongoing.
  • Dalcroze Canada: Professional training intensives. Ongoing
  • Dalcroze Eurhythmics International Examination Board: International Licence programme. Ongoing
  • Many training and Dynamic Rehearsal workshops in other universities and conservatoires including: Longy College of Music (Cambridge, MA); Hansei University (South Korea); Nagoya College of Music (Japan); University of Taipei (Taiwan); University of Barcelona; Yong Seow Toh conservatoire (Singapore); Conservatoria in Italy: Ferrara, Modena, Pescara, Perugia, Latina; Istitut Llongueras, Barcelona, Spain;
  • Online teaching, training, examination and seminars Masters option programme DE and DR at RNCM and for the University of Barcelona, DAlcroze UK, ICDS (online) and programmes in the US.

Research Supervision

TLCMD second supervisor for Danusia Adamska: MMus

IJD, Geneva Masters supervisor for Jerison Harper Lee (2015) and Julia Martín Arias (2019)

RNCM Supervisory team for Rosalind Ridout (2020 continuing). Masters Students Ann Miller and Susanne Alsey.

Selected Outputs

Journal Articles

    • Greenhead, K. (2021). Mindful bodies: The gift of Dalcroze Eurhythmics to the development of the artist-musician. The Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, 21(2), 15-25.
    • Greenhead, K. (2019). Hidden in plain sight? Challenges to the understanding of Dalcroze Eurhythmics today. Le rythme 2019.
    • Greenhead, K. (2016). Becoming music: reflections on transformative experience and the development of agency through Dynamic Rehearsal. A&HHE Peer reviewed Digital Special Issue.
    • Greenhead, K., & Habron, J. (2015). The touch of sound: Dalcroze Eurhythmics as a somatic practice. Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, 7(1), 211-226. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/jdsp.7.1.93_1
    • Greenhead, K. (2015). Drawing threads together: from influences, development and fragmentation to the practice of Dalcroze Eurhythmics today (Invited paper). Le rythme 2015 150 Happy Birthday, Monsieur Jaques/Bon anniversaire Monsieur Jaques, 12-23.
    • Greenhead, K. (2009). Plastique Animée: yesterday, today and tomorrow. Le Rythme 2009.

Conference Contributions

    • Greenhead, K. Transformation, personal knowledge and agency through dialogues in music and movement given at  Keynote paper with workshop 90 mins. 2nd Creative Interactions Conference: Creative learning, creative teaching and teaching for group creativity in music education, Munich,  27 May 2022
    • Greenhead, K. Follows and quick response exercises in Dalcroze Eurhythmics: Their role in Dalcroze lessons and why we do them the way we do given at  Fifth International Conference of Dalcroze Studies (ICDS5), October 22-23-2021 online., online,  22-23-October 2021
    • Greenhead, K., Arùs, E., Dittus, J., Mathieu, L., & Nash, S. Training Dalcroze teachers under Covid-19-the perspective of the Directors of Studies: Issues, actions and outcomes given at  Fifth International Conference of Dalcroze Studies (ICDS5), online,  22-23 October 2021
    • Greenhead, K. Applying Dalcroze principles to the rehearsal and performance of musical repertoire: a brief account of dynamic rehearsal and its origins. given at  Pédagogie, art et science: l’apprentissage par et pour la musique selon la method Jaques-Dalcroze. Actes du congrés de l’Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, 2015, Geneva, Switzerland,   2017
    • Greenhead, K. Adventures in music and movement: Improvisation – the essential means of teaching and learning in Dalcroze pedagogy. 90 minute Keynote paper with workshop given at  3rd International conference of Dalcroze studies ‘the living moment: Exploring improvisational practice’, Québec, Canada,   2017
    • Greenhead, K., & Williams, K. Dynamic Rehearsal – using improvised movement with materials as a means of developing musical interpretation and improving performance (Paper & workshop 90 mins). given at  3rd International conference of Dalcroze studies ‘the living moment: Exploring improvisational practice, Québec City, Canada,   2017
    • Greenhead, K., & Mathieu, L. The foundations and principles of movement in Dalcroze Eurhythmics. (90 minute paper with workshop) given at  Second International conference of Dalcroze Studies, July 26-28., Wien, Austria,   2015
    • Greenhead, K. The practice of Dalcroze Eurhythmics in the United Kingdom and beyond (invited paper with demonstration) given at  Five year review of the lead teacher training program for the new system of school music education and international symposium on school music education reform (invited paper with demonstration), Beijing, China,   2015
    • Greenhead, K. Ysaÿe, the violin and Dalcroze given at  Second International conference of Dalcroze Studies, July 26-28., Wien, Austria,   2015
    • Greenhead, K., & Habron, J. Dalcroze Eurhythmics as a somatic practice given at  Dance and somatic practices, Coventry,  July 13 2013
    • Greenhead, K. Some uses of movement in Dalcroze Eurhythmics: paper with workshop given at  First international Conference in Dalcroze Studies, Coventry,  24-26 July 2013
    • Mathieu, L., Greenhead, K., Alperson, R., & Habron-James, B. The gift of Dalcroze Eurhythmics to the human person throughout life (revised) given at  First international Conference in Dalcroze Studies, Coventry,  24-26 July 2013
    • Farthing, A., Matthews, S., Greenhead, K., Spencer, R., & Harris, D. Not just sitting quietly: restoring movement to education and the core curriculum (Symposium) given at  First international Conference in Dalcroze Studies, Coventry,  24-26 july 2013
    • Greenhead, K. The incarnation of man: some observations on embodiment and perception given at  IV International conference in memory of Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh: learning to see, Moscow,  Sept 14 2013
    • Mathieu, L., Greenhead, K., Alperson, R., & Habron-James, B. The gift of Dalcroze Eurhythmics to the human person throughout life, peer-reviewed, oral presentation given at  First International Conference in Dalcroze Studies, Coventry University, 24 – 26 July 2013.First presented at ISME, Thessaloniki, 2012, Coventry/Thessaloniki,   2013
    • Mathieu, L., Alperson, R., Habron-James, B., & Greenhead, K. The gift of Dalcroze Eurhythmics to the human person throughout life given at  30th ISME World conference on music education, Thessaloniki, Greece,  July 15-20 2012
    • Greenhead, K. Workshop in Dalcroze Eurhythmics given at  Hellerau Jubiläum, Hellerau, Germany,   2011
    • Greenhead, K. Good practice is research in action given at  SEMPRE conference, London,   2011
    • Greenhead, K. Movement in art given at  Europäische Rhythmikkongresse, Vienna,   2009
    • Greenhead, K. Using movement and gesture to support instrumental tuition given at  The Reflective Conservatoire – Building connections, London,   2009
    • Greenhead, K. Improvisation in the instrumental lesson given at  The Reflective Conservatoire – Building connections, London,   2009
    • Greenhead, K. Using movement to develop interpretation and ensemble skills in small group music making given at  Behavioural research in chamber music: psychological approaches to preparation and performance, Manchester,   2008
    • Greenhead, K. Dalcroze Eurhythmics in the training of professional musicians given at  28th world conference of the International Society for Music Education, Bologna, Italy,   2008
    • Greenhead, K. the role of movement in the development of musical behaviour from infant to adult and beginner to professional performer given at  Music and Gesture, Manchester,   2008
    • Greenhead, K. Movement in the Arts given at  Movement in the Arts, York, UK,   2007
    • Odom, S., & Greenhead, K. Dalcroze Eurhythmics in the professional training of dancers and musicians given at  Sound Moves, Roehampton, Surrey,   2005
    • Greenhead, K. Anacrusis, being and action given at  Troisième congrés international du rythme: le rôle du rythme pour le développement humain, ,  22 -25 july 1999
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Chapters in Books

    • Greenhead, K. (2022). Émile Jaques-Dalcroze and the movement of music In J. Southcott., A. Sutherland., & L. de Bruin.(Eds.) Revolutions in music education: Historical and social explorations . Lexington Books.
    • Greenhead, K. (2021). The best fit: Methodology, methods, process and outcomes – a teacher investigates her own practice In E. Creely., J. Southcott., K. Carabott., & D. Lyons.(Eds.) Phenomenological Inquiry in education: Theories, practices, provocations and directions (pp pp. 87-103 ). Routledge.
    • Greenhead, K., Habron, J., & Mathieu, L. (2016). Dalcroze Eurhythmics: bridging the gap between the academic and practical through creative teaching and learning. In E. Haddon., & P. Burnard.(Eds.) Creative Teaching for Creative Learning in Higher Music Education . Routledge.
    • Greenhead, K. (2013).  In Chemins de rythmique Vol 2 . Editions Papillon.
    • Greenhead, K. (2009). Dalcroze Eurhythmics: a pathway through music into music In H. Coll., & A. Lamont.(Eds.) Sound progress: exploring musical development . National Association of Music Educators.
    • Greenhead, K. (2007). The ideas and practice of DAlcroze Eurhythmics in the contemporary world In J. Southcott.(Eds.) Dalcroze from a distance . Heather Gell Foundation.

Talks, Workshops and Masterclasses

  • Reflective writing for Dalcroze practitioners and teachers , Spring into Dalcroze online Course, , 18 April 2022 (previously in 2021
  • Here be dragons – searching for buried treasure in uncharted waters: an exploration into participants’ experiences of Dalcroze Eurhythmics and dynamic rehearsal , Online seminar (invited), , 9 December 2020; repeated April 2021
  • “Follow” Exercises in Dalcroze Eurhythmics , Virtual Dalcroze meet-Up (with Integral Steps), , 11 July 2021
  • Teaching Dalcroze Eurhythmics – working with adults: Contexts, Issues and Perspectives , Post-CertificatePre-Licence course, , 21 March repeated later in 2021
  • Exploring Dalcroze in Classical ballet training – reflections on practice and Central School of Ballet , First international Conference in Dalcroze Studies, Coventry, 24-26 July
  • Improvisation in Dalcroze Eurhythmics , 30th ISME World conference on music education, Thessaloniki, Greece, July 15-20
  • Approaching PLastique Animée as realisation of a piece of music , Europäische Rhythmikkongresse, Vienna,
  • Improvisation in instrumental teaching , Europäische Rhythmikkongresse, Vienna,

Professional Activity

Karin’s experience has covered a wide range of music and movement-related activities including performing, teaching, research and publication, composing, arranging and conducting. In addition to a wide variety of performance activities on the opera and recital stages, as an accompanist, soloist and orchestral player she worked with Christopher Gable and Northern Ballet Theatre on choreographic projects and A Christmas Carol (singing ballet) and put on students’ performances (Central School of Ballet and Royal Northern College of Music) which included original compositions and arrangements. She has also made several films, most notably Die Befreiung des Köpers/ the Liberation of the Body, BalanceFilm.

YouTube presentations:

Keynote: Karin Greenhead (ICDS3, 2017) Adventures in Music and Movement


Workshop: Karin Greenhead and Louise Mathieu (ICDS2)


In recent years her professional activity has focussed on training performers and teachers, course development, publication and research. As Director of Studies for Dalcroze UK, she is jointly responsible for the development of national and international training and qualifications programmes currently running in the UK, Ireland, Canada, Italy, Australia and a number of ASEAN countries and jointly organises and teaches on international professional development programmes for Dalcroze teachers. She currently also teaches at TrinityLaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and on short courses in other European conservatoires and supervises doctoral and masters candidates.

Many Workshops in Dynamic Rehearsal (DR) recently: Amsterdam Conservatoire. Royal Danish Conservatoire; Conservatoires of Geneva and University of Barcelona; Conservatoires of a number of Italian Cities and for four years for the Conservatoire of Ferrara. In addtion DR for children.  Introducing research and how it can be done to practitioners in Italy, Spain and on international online courses.

Reviewer for Musicae Scientiae and a frequent presenter of papers and practical workshops at international conferences. Two most recent publications:

Greenhead, K. (2021). Mindful bodies: The gift of Dalcroze Eurhythmics to the development of the artist-musician. The Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, 21(2),15-25.https://www.egalitarianpublishing.com/JCPCP/2021/jcpcp2102.html

Greenhead, K. (2022). Émile Jaques-Dalcroze and the movement of music. In Revolutions in music education: Historical and social explorations (J. Southcott, A. Sutherland and L. de Bruin Eds.). Lexington Books, pp.79 – 95. ISBN 978-1-6669-0705-6