Throughout the early Primary School years, music is used as an “accompaniment” to the movements of Eurythmy, to illustrate a story, for example. In early times speech and music were integrated. Even up to the time of Ancient Greece there was a kind of singing speech, similar to chanting. By Class Six, following the development which took place in Ancient Roman times when speech and music went their separate ways, it is now the right time in Eurythmy to focus on a piece of music by itself, making it visible through movement. Using arm gestures, there is a specific angle for each note of the scale, turning the body itself into a musical instrument. Choreography is created to express the mood of the music by moving straight lines or curves.  Combining arm gestures for the notes, together with the choreography, demands great concentration and co-ordination.

 

Working in groups of four students, with one group of six, a unique choreography was created by each group to fit the same piece of music by Beethoven from a Sonatina in F Major, played on the piano by Margaret Reale. Val’s Class Six excelled in learning how to work together, allowing scope for very creative ideas to become visible. They worked hard to artistically express the essence of the music by stepping their choreography to the rhythm of the music while moving their arms for the gestures of the notes at the same time. Congratulations go to Class Six for their engaging and skillful performance for their parents and Class Five. They can be very proud of their achievements!

Class 6