Karin Greenhead

Teacher of Dalcroze Eurhythmics

PhD; 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, and Dynamic Rehearsal
  • reponsible for examinations and assessment criteria in Dalcroze Eurhythmics
  • consultant for junior programmes in Dalcroze Eurhythmics
  • Research and publication

Formally trained at the Royal College of Music and by Dalcroze UK and L’Institut Jaques-Dalcroze Geneva, Karin has performed as a pianist, harpsichordist, violinist, singer (Opera, recital and choirs) and conductor. She has taught children from 3 years-old upwards but most of her work has been with dancers and musicians in professional training and in the training of teachers of Dalcroze Eurhythmics. She developed new applicatons of Dalcroze Eurhythmics, in particular to the rehearsal and performance of the concert repertoire, solo and ensemble (Dynamic Rehearsal) for which she is in demand internationally and which became the subject of her doctoral research (Thesis: Dynamic Rehearsal and Dalcroze Eurhythmics: a phenomenological investigation into participants’ experiences and their implications for the practice, teaching and learning of music and musical performance )

Karin works regularly as a freelance artist and teacher throughout Europe and in Canada and South Korea and has been a frequent guest teacher in Australia, Japan and S.E Asia. She held a post for several years at the Conservatorio di Ferrara where she was responsible for teaching improvisation and Dalcroze Eurhythmics in instrumental teaching.

She is Director of Studies for Dalcroze UK; Co-Director of the Dalcroze Eurhythmics International Examination Board (DEIEB); Secretary of the Collège of the Institut Jaques Dalcroze, Geneva and a founder-member of the scientific committee of the International Conference of Dalcroze Studies (ICDS).

Karin taught the RNCM Dalcroze modules of the prize-winning Junior Strings project, attached to the PGCE with Specialist Strings in addition to short courses and classes for the Schools of Strings, Vocal Studies, Keyboard Studies and Woodwind, Brass and Percussion.


Personal Website

Current and Future Research

  • Interests generally revolve around embodiment and music/movement relationships of various kinds, the practice of Dalcroze Eurhythmics, its applications and the training of it’s teachers.
  • Phenomenology as a philosophy and as a research methodology 
  • Music education, performance, teaching and learning
  • Improvisation

College and External Research Roles

  • Part of the team of RNCM researchers in music education, performance, philosophy of music and philosophy of music practice and education
  • For the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze (IJD), Geneva centrally involved in all the background research in the current state of Dalcroze training worldwide (formerly the International Co-ordinating Committee for Eurhythmics in Professional Training). This ongoing activity is now part of the work of the Collège of the IJD.
  • Translator of the French sections of dual language texts produced by the Collège.
  • Co-presenter (with Dr Louise Mathieu) of research outcomes of the Collège (IJD)
  • Consultant for PhD and Masters candidates researching into applications of Dalcroze Eurhythmics.
  • Consultant in the development of an international group dedicated to Dalcroze-related research and the development of an online forum
  • Founder-Member of the scientific program committee for the International Conference in Dalcroze Studies (ICDS)

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

  • 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

  • PG 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

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

Professional Activity

Karin’s experience has combined performing, teaching, research and publication in addition to 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 Chrsitmas Carol (singing ballet) and put on students’ performances (Central School of Ballet and Royal Northern College of Music) which included original compositions and arrangements. Karin currently teaches at TrinityLaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and on short courses in other conservatoires. in recent years her professional activity has focussed on 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 the UK, Ireland, Canada, Italy, Australia and a number of ASEAN countries. She teaches on the professional Dalcroze training programmes in the UK, Italy and Ireland and is responsible for international professional development programmes for Dalcroze teachers .

She is a reviewer for Musicae Scientiae, a frequent presenter of papers and practical workshops at conferences and has a growing list of publications.


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