Karin Greenhead

Teacher of Dalcroze Eurhythmics; PhD supervisor

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.

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 (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.

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