I Projected Learning Goals and Objectives:
This course is designed to deepen the experience of the art of eurythmy and its context in the Waldorf high school curriculum. As an upper level course, it assumes participants have taken teacher education eurythmy level I or its equivalent.
The goals of this course are:
- Continue to develop understanding and appreciation for eurythmy and its role in the high school
- Facilitate a deeper understanding of Rudolf Steiner’s vision of the human being through eurythmy
- Facilitate understanding of eurythmy as a path of development of “initiative of soul and initiative of will”
This course also aims to give tools to experience eurythmy as a support to ongoing personal and professional development as a Waldorf teacher. It will bridge eurythmy with themes from the curriculum through poetry, music, movement styles, etc.
Classes will require some documentation of course work.
II Outline of Topics to be Covered:
Basic principles of eurythmy including poetry and music from the high school curriculum, social learning through eurythmy, and making inner experiences visible through outer forms/choreography and gesture.
Hygienic eurythmy for the teacher, planetary eurythmy gestures, consideration of high school students’ experience of eurythmy.
Students present their work at the conclusion of the course at an assembly.
Students will be evaluated on the basis of attendance, class participation, and required documentation of class work.
Students are expected to attend and participate in all classes, participate in final showing of work. Students should bring eurythmy shoes (or purchase them at the Center’s bookshop prior to the first lesson), an unlined journal, pencils, eraser, and colored pencils. Class dress should be appropriate for movement: loose fitting and comfortable. Please bring clothing appropriate for a final presentation of work: loose, flowing clothing, light colored, that covers arms and legs.
V Prerequisite Reading:
“The Being of Eurythmy” by Michael Debus (available before the start of the course)
Eurythmy, A Creative Force in Humanity by Sylvia Bardt. (This book is an excellent resource for anyone seeking to understand why eurythmy is important within a Waldorf school curriculum.)