ERIC Number: ED180597
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Eurythmy: A Motoric and Artistic Method of Teaching Young Children.
Ogletree, Earl J.
This paper introduces a form of movement-therapy known as Eurythmy, an art of movement that expresses visibly the sounds of speech and the tones and intervals of music. Created by Rudolf Steiner in 1912, Eurythmy differs from other arts in its therapeutic value, educational applications, and the physiopsychological theory upon which it is based. Steiner's psychophysical concept of the human being delineates integral relationships among four bodies: the physical body, the growth or etheric body, the soul-personality or astral body, and the ego. Of these, the etheric is most relevant to speech and Eurythmy. All essential activities of humans draw their energy from the etheric body. Speech sounds are the product of etheric forces, and the air formations created by the spoken words are an image of the etheric forces that created them. Eurythmy is a method of controlled gross motor movement to stimulate the etheric forces. Formative laws underlying speech and music are carried over into the larger expressive movements of the arms and body. Each Eurythmy movement has a different therapeutic effect. The Eurythmy curriculum in the Steiner Schools (or Waldorf Schools) is adjusted to developmental stages with different exercises for each age level. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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