A conceptual study of spirituality in selected writings of Emile Jaques-Dalcroze

J. Habron, L. Van Der Merwe

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Several authors have noted that one of Émile Jaques-Dalcroze’si aims was to dissolve the mind-body dualism, typical of Cartesianism. However, there has been little research on the spirit-body connection, as it appears in Jaques-Dalcroze’s writings. The purpose of this document analysis is to understand how a hermeneutic phenomenological model for spirituality in music education (Van der Merwe & Habron, 2015) can inform our understanding of spirituality in selected writings by Jaques-Dalcroze. In the adapted model holism, balance, aesthetic experience, and movement in time, space and with energy emerged as core concepts. We conclude with suggestions for how we might teach for spirituality in Dalcroze Eurhythmics contexts, based on the findings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-188
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Music Education
Issue number2
Early online date17 Dec 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017

Bibliographical note

This article has been accepted in International Journal of Music Education


  • Corporeality
  • Dalcroze Eurhythmics
  • hermeneutic phenomenology
  • Jaques-Dalcroze
  • relationality
  • spatiality
  • spirituality
  • temporality


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