Karin Greenhead

Tutor in Dalcroze Eurhythmics

Dip. Sup. Institut Jaques-Dalcroze; GRSM; ARCM

Email: Karin.Greenhead@rncm.ac.uk

  • responsible for the design, supervision and teaching of undergraduate and post-graduate courses in Dalcroze Eurhythmics: improvisation, aural training and rhythmics
  • reponsible for examinations and assessment criteria in Dalcroze Eurhythmics
  • consultant for junior programmes in Dalcroze Eurhythmics

Formally trained at the RCM, the Dalcroze Society(UK) and Institut Jaques-DAlcroze Geneva, Karin has performed as a violinist, pianist, harpsichordist, singer (Opera, recital and choirs) and conductor. She works extensively with dancers and musicians in professional training in addition to training teachers of Dalcroze Eurhythmics. She has developed new applicatons of the Dalcroze practice, in particular to the rehearsal and performance of the concert repertoire, solo and ensemble, now called Dynamic Rehearsal, for which she is in demand internationally.

Karin works regularly as a freelance artist and teacher throughout Europe and held a post for several years at the Conservatorio di Ferrara where she was responsible for modules for using improvisation and Dalcroze Eurhythmics in instrumental teaching. She has been a frequent guest teacher in Australia, Japan, Taiwan, USA and Canada and  is co-responsible for training courses in Italy, Hong Kong and Singapore.

She is Director of Studies for the Dalcroze Society(UK) and the Dalcroze Eurhythmics International Examination Board and Chair of the Qualifications and Training Committee for the Collège of the Institut Jaques Dalcroze, Geneva.

At RNCM she taught the Dalcroze modules of the prize-winning Junior Strings project, attached to the PGCE with Specialist Strings.

In recent years Karin has developed interests in research and publication.

Personal Website

Current and Future Research

  • Current and future research interests revolve around embodiment and music/movement relationships of various kinds and in particular the Dalcroze practice.
  • Currently reviewing the literature relating to embodied practice, movement and music, musicianship, performance and Dalcroze Eurhythmics with a view to building on this and in particular to identifying a frame or frames within which she can interrogate her own practice.
  • Joint alumni improvisation research project: RNCM and GSMD with Prof. John Sloboda, Prof Jane Ginsborg, Dr David Dolan and Dr Biranda Ford.
  • Preparing a joint paper (with Dr.John Habron) for publication
  • PhD candidate

College and External Research Roles

  • RNCM PhD candidate
  • Joint alumni improvisation research project: RNCM and GSMD with Prof. John Sloboda, Prof Jane Ginsborg, Dr David Dolan and Dr Biranda Ford. 
  • For the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze (IJ-D), Geneva centrally involved in all the background research in the current state of Dalcroze training worldwide (International Co-ordinating Committee for Eurhythmics in Professional Training) and the production of a report
  • For the IJ-D: chair of the QTC, doing the research and producing the text for “L’identité Dalcrozienne/The Dalcroze identity” (2012)
  • Frequently consulted for PhD and Masters candidates researching into applications of Dalcroze Eurhythmics.
  • Involved as a consultant in the development of an international group dedicated to Dalcroze-related research and the development of an online forum
  • Member of the central program committee for the International Conference in Dalcroze Studies

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” available online from the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze

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 2009 and 2006.

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

Undergraduate Teaching

  • RNCM: First years Strings: DAlcroze Eurhythmics
  • RNCM: First Year Singers: DAlcroze Eurhythmics
  • RNCM:Third and fourth year Keyboard studies: Dalcroze Eurhythmics
  • TLCMD: 3rd and 4th year BMus Instrumental and Vocal teachers and Creative Musician courses
  • GSMD: Centre for classical improvisation
  • Central School of Ballet: Dalcroze Eurhythmics and singing.

Postgraduate Teaching

  • MMus Professional Studies: Dalcroze Eurhythmics
  • First year Post-Graduate Singers
  • Dalcroze Society UK: Professional training courses in Dalcroze Eurhythmics
  • Many training workshops in other universities including: Longy College of Music (Cambridge, MA); Hansei University (South Korea); Nagoya College of Music (Japan); UNiversity of Taipei (Taiwan); Yong Seow Toh conservatoire (Singapore); Conservatoria in Italy: Ferrara, Modena, Pescara, Perugia, Latina; Istitut Llongueras, Barcelona, Spain;

Research Supervision

TLCMD second supervisor for Danusia Adamska: MMus

Professional Activity

with a background in a wide variety of performance activities on the opera and recital stages, as an accompanist, soloist and orchestral player and work with Northern Ballet Theatre on choreographic projects and a singing ballet, Karin focussed on putting on students’ performances (Central School of Ballet and Royal Northern College of Music) which included original compositions and arrangements. Karin currently teaches at Central School of Ballet, TrinityLaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and on short courses in other conservatoires. in recent years her professional activity has focussed on the development of original applications of Dalcroze principles to the rehearsal and performance of the concert repertoire, solo and ensemble (Dynamic Rehearsal) and training performers and teachers, course development, publication and research. She is jointly responsible for the development of an international training and qualifications programme currently running in seven countries worldwide. She teaches on the professional Dalcroze training programmes in the UK, Italy and Ireland and is responsible for professional development courses for Dalcroze teachers.