An introduction to Eurythmy training

When starting Eurythmy training, you will gradually learn a different way of moving. You will learn how to penetrate each movement with consciousness and intention. Front, back, left and right, up, down, diagonals, straight lines and curves, waves, loops, angles – such things will become experiences, rather than concepts.

You will learn how to create flow, contour, beginnings and endings, how to move together with others, how to create counter movements and how to sculpt the space. One central aspect of your training is how to work with your imagination, your capacity to create and hold pictures and how to let these inform what you do and how you move.

Course overview

The four-year Vocational Training in Eurythmy lays the foundations for a career in Eurythmy. It is available at both campuses and runs from Monday to Friday during term time.

Eurythmy is taught as a performing art. The core timetable consists of group lessons in ‘Speech Eurythmy’ and ‘Music Eurythmy’ taught by our experienced tutors. For each taught session there is usually a timetabled group practice session. This session is essential in order to digest the tutor-led session. In addition, students are expected to consolidate and deepen the material by practicing on their own on a daily basis in order to develop the necessary abilities.

The core subjects are supported by:

  • Lessons in rod exercises
  • Creative speech & drama
  • Music appreciation & choir
  • Poetics & literature & essay writing
  • Anthroposophical studies
  • Eurythmy education and human development
  • Painting & clay modelling
  • Form drawing & geometry
  • History of dance & Eurythmy
  • Costume making, lighting, make up and stage safety

The course has integrated educational components, which provide students with the basic knowledge and skills required for teaching Eurythmy to both children and adults.

Throughout the course, students are asked to take detailed notes and reflect on their learning journey. Assignments, class-room observations and a teaching practice happen at different stages, leading up to a Eurythmy demonstration project and written dissertation.

At the end of each term the students present their movement work in a performance setting. The four years culminate in a graduation programme, a tour and a final graduation performance.

Curriculum overview

Foundation programme

Year 1

  • Exercises for posture and body awareness, including contraction/expansion and the 7 rod-exercises
  • Coordination and concentration exercises
  • Footwork: differentiated walking
  • Exploration and practice of various rhythms
  • Practising awareness of spatial directions with basic geometric form principles
  • Gestures for vowels and consonants in speech
  • Practicing awareness and expression of pitch, rhythm and beat in music
  • Gestures for the basic musical scales in the major and minor modes
  • Practicing awareness in moving with others
  • Introduction to Eurythmy education
  • Assignment: A plant observation documented in diary form and presented to fellow students and teachers

Year 2

  • Further exercises in posture and body awareness
  • Further differentiated footwork
  • Study and practice of form-principles for ‘Dionysian elements: thinking, feelings and the will; the personal pronouns
  • Soul gestures; head and foot positions
  • Study of the elements of earth, water, air and fire in movement
  • Creating word and sentence gestures in speech Eurythmy
  • Exploration of all the musical keys
  • Study of musical harmony in gestures and movement
  • Gestures for the musical intervals
  • Correspondence of vowels and degrees of the scale
  • Solo work in creating own choreography and finding gestures
  • Assignment: A biography assignment of a musician, poet etc. and presentation
  • Class-room observation: Observe lessons in a school

Advanced programme

Year 3

  • Warm-up exercises for eurythmical flow and form
  • Further differentiated footwork towards lyric, epic and dramatic expression
  • Study of the principles of grammar forms
  • Exploration and practice of gestures for the qualities of the 7 planetary moods
  • Gestures for the qualities and moods of colours
  • Introduction to the Eurythmy figures
  • Choreography projects for groups
  • Interpreting choreographies by Rudolf Steiner
  • Learning to interpret different styles in music and poetry
  • Continuation of solo work
  • Assignment: Instructing fellow students for a eurythmy demonstration project
  • Write up the research and practice demonstration into a graduation dissertation

Year 4

  • Teaching practice: Teach children in a school
  • Deepening and recapitulating of all the elements studied
  • Gestures for the 12 archetypal qualities of the zodiac
  • Exploration and practice of diverse characters i.e. in fairytales, including elemental beings
  • Experiencing and practice moving to different musical instruments
  • Choreography to express musical harmony
  • Deepening study of the Eurythmy figures
  • Deepening of solo work
  • Create whole programme as a graduation performance with peer group
  • Choosing and designing costumes
  • Introduction to make-up and stage lighting
  • Organising tour venues

Assessment

Assessment is continuous throughout the course. There are no written examinations during the course, unless you are taking the Trinity College of London exam (see below for details)

Students are expected to keep clear, detailed and up-to-date notes, which are submitted to the tutors in the form of a journal for comment and correction once a term.

There are weekly class meetings with the tutors to review class progress and plan ahead.

At the end of each term, the students’ movement work is presented in a performance setting and is reviewed in subsequent individual interviews.

Each student receives an end of term written report. This report is an assessment of the student’s progress based on the term’s classwork, their end of term performance(s) and their written journal. At the end of each year, the individual interview will determine whether the student proceeds into the following year. There are no grades, just “pass” and “not passed”.

The final assignment is a Eurythmy demonstration project & written dissertation (undertaken in the 3rd/4th year) followed by a peer group graduation tour and final performance at the end of the 4th year.

Diplomas and Accreditation

The successful completion of the four-year Vocational Training in Eurythmy leads to a Diploma in Eurythmy, accredited by the “Section for the Performing Arts of the School of Spiritual Science” (also known as “Freie Hochschule für Geisteswissenschaft”) at the Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland.

Other qualifications

Having completed the Foundation Programme, students who study at the Peredur Eurythmy Campus on a visa will take the Trinity College London Grade 8 exam leading, if successful, to the TCL Level 3 Certificate in Graded Examination in Performance Arts (Solo) (Grade 8).

Eurythmy UK has an established arrangement with Trinity College London and the Peredur Centre in Sussex is a recognised exam site. Students who choose this path are prepared for the exam by the tutors of Eurythmy UK as well as specialist tutors. For details see below and the relevant student section on “Preparing for the Trinity College of London Exam”.

Term Dates (2024-2025)

Peredur Eurythmy Campus

2024
Autumn term: 16 September – 13 December
Half term: 28 October – 1 November

2025
Spring term: 7 January – 28 March
Half term: 17 – 21 February

Summer term: 21 April – 4 July
Half term: 26 – 30 May

Eurythmy West Midland Campus

2024
Autumn term: Monday 9th September
Half term: 28th October – 1st November
End of term: Friday 13th December

2025
Spring term: Wednesday 8th January
Half term: 17th-21st February
End of term: Friday 4th April
Summer term: Wednesday 23rd April
Half term: 26th-30th May
End of term: 20th June

Applying

Who can apply?

The four-year Vocational Training in Eurythmy is open to students over the age of 18. Proof of a school-leaving exam or educational qualification, minimum GCSE (or national equivalent) is required. A good command of the English language is desirable.

The most important aspect is that you enjoy moving – that you feel a need to express through movement and gesture and you feel moved by the world – within and around you. Eurythmy builds on our natural ability and propensity for movement.

We do not require prospective students to have extensive prior experience of Eurythmy, as would be expected in other movement disciplines like ballet for instance. However, people who have undertaken Eurythmy in childhood or their younger years usually find this advantageous.

How to apply

If you are considering studying Eurythmy or simply want to know more about the art of Eurythmy, the training and the two campuses, we encourage you to complete the enquiry form.

The decision to study Eurythmy is an important one. We recommend that you book a personal conversation with our tutors to ask questions and explore options. We also encourage you to visit our campuses, so that you can experience their distinct flavours first hand and meet the tutors & students. We understand that visiting in person may not be possible for students from abroad.

Once you have concluded that you would like to study Eurythmy with us, we ask you to complete the application form and to submit this to us together with the required documents.
You will then be invited for a personal interview with Sigune Brinch / Georgie Howlett or Maren Stott / Rita Kort, depending on which campus you have chosen. If you already reside in the UK, this interview will be in person and will include a movement session. If you reside abroad, the interview will be via video and you will be asked to submit a movement clip.

Following a positive interview and movement assessment, you will be offered a place on our Eurythmy training course.

Once a student has been accepted on the four-year full-time training with Eurythmy UK, the student will be asked to sign a Student Contract. As part of the application process each student wishing to study with Eurythmy UK will undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. For details see the DBS Check Guidance document.

Students requiring a visa to study in the UK

The Peredur Eurythmy Campus is a licensed Student Sponsor on the UK Visas and Immigration’s list of Student Sponsors for adult students.

Students requiring a visa may currently apply to the Peredur Eurythmy (W Sussex) campus for the two-year Foundation Training element. At the end of the two years, these students will prepare for the Trinity College Grade 8 exam.

As part of their application for the two-year Foundation Training, students requiring a visa have to evidence that they have passed the level B1 English language exam with an approved provider.

Fees and finance

The tuition fee for the four-year Vocational Training in Eurythmy is currently £4500 per academic year. The academic year is divided in three terms, which means that each term costs £1500.

An administration fee of £100 is payable with the application forms. This is non-refundable under any circumstances.

If a visa is required to study in the UK, the student bears all costs associated with this.

Recognition of prior learning

Students who apply to join Eurythmy UK’s four-year Vocational Training in Eurythmy at any point other than the beginning of the first year, are kindly requested to follow the same application process as outlined above. As part of their application they will be asked to submit a portfolio of prior learning. This should include proof of attendance of previous Eurythmy studies and a reference from the tutor of that course.

Taster of the four-year Vocational Training in Eurythmy

We welcome those who would like to join the four-year Vocational Training in Eurythmy for the first term or the first year only to find renewal, for self-development, during a sabbatical period or just for the joy of moving together with others.

If you are interested, please follow the application process for the four-year Vocational Training in Eurythmy. The policies and conditions underpinning the full-time course apply, even if you are joining only for the first term or year.

The fees are £1500 for the first term or £4500 for the year.

Part-time Training

Eurythmy UK is aware of the need for a Part-time Vocational Training in Eurythmy, which in essence would run over a longer period of time than the full-time training and would allow students to continue with their work or other commitments. At present this training option is on hold.

But if you are interested in the part-time training option, please contact us, using the enquiry form so that we can discuss your needs and explore what might be possible now and in the future.

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