Dr. Jeremy Dittus, Diplôme Supérieur Jaques-Dalcroze enjoys a career as a pianist, theorist, and Dalcroze Education specialist. An avid recitalist, he has performed solo and chamber programs and presented Dalcroze masterclasses throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Southeast Asia. He currently directs the Dalcroze School of the Rockies Dalcroze Academy teacher-training center and chairs the Dalcroze Musicianship Program at the Suzuki Music Institute of Dallas in Texas. He also serves on the faculty of Hope College in Holland, Michigan where he teaches Dalcroze Eurhythmics for undergraduate music majors. Recently, he spearheaded a Dalcroze program for the National Children’s Chorus and oversees their team of dedicated Dalcroze instructors across the United States. A former Lecturer in piano, theory, and solfège at the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory in Cleveland, he also has taught undergraduate solfège, piano, and composition courses at the University of Colorado at Boulder as well as eurhythmics and solfège at l’Institut Jaques-Dalcroze in Geneva, Switzerland, Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, and in Shanghai, China at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 2015, he was invited to serve on le Collège de l’Institut Jaques-Dalcroze (an organization that supports and protects Dalcroze Education around the world), and he is honored to continue this post in the present day.
Dr. Dittus is the founder and director of the Dalcroze School of the Rockies, which has locations in Dallas, Texas and Denver, Colorado. It is of the few authorized Dalcroze training centers in the United States. The DSR offers Dalcroze Education classes (Eurhythmics and Rhythmic-Solfège) for children (pre-kindergarten through high school), adult enrichment classes, and full-time study toward the Dalcroze Certificate/License (eurhythmics, solfège, improvisation, pedagogy, and plastique animée). Additionally, he has presented Dalcroze workshops at home and abroad including the Congrès International Jaques-Dalcroze, International Conference of Dalcroze Studies, Internacional Convención Suzuki de las Américas, El Festival Internacional Suzuki de Perú, World Piano Conference, El Festival Internacional Suzuki de Ecuador, International Early Childhood Music and Movement Convention, Singapore International String Conference, l’Institut Jaques-Dalcroze Cours d’Été, Dalcroze Society of America National Conference, Music Teacher’s National Conference, National Piano Foundation, Suzuki Association of the Americas National Conference, American Orff-Schulwerk Association National Convention, National Flute Convention, Colorado State Music Teachers Association State Convention, Colorado Music Educators Association State Convention, Piano Celebration at Metropolitan State University in Denver, University of Louisville Piano Institute, the Hong Kong Dalcroze Association, Mahidol University in Thailand, the Shanghai Conservatory, The Colburn School in Los Angeles, in addition to several summer music institutes, universities, and conservatories in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. He served as President on the state board for the Colorado Federation of Music Clubs for several years and serves on the Dalcroze Society of America Board of Trustees. He recently has published books on Dalcroze Education: Embodying Music: A Textbook for Dalcroze Teacher Training toward the Dalcroze Certificate (Volumes I, II, III, and IV), Moving Sound: A Textbook for Dalcroze Teacher Training toward the Dalcroze License (Volume I, II, III), and the entire curriculum in place at the Dalcroze School of the Rockies: two volumes of Eurhythmics courses for students ages 4-7, the five level Rhythmic-Solfège youth program for students ages 6-14 (Rhythmic-Solfège I, II, III, IV, and V). He is currently working on publishing the Advanced Dalcroze curriculum for students ages 11-18, which culminates in the Advanced Placement Music Theory Exam.
In 2010, Dr. Dittus earned the Diplôme Supérieur, (a doctoral equivalent in Switzerland) from L’Institut Jaques- Dalcroze in conjunction with La Haute École de Musique de Genève and Le Conservatoire de Musique de Genève. While in Geneva, he received top honors including the 2009 Prix pour les qualities musicales exceptionnelles and the 2010 Prix pour les qualités artistiques et pédagogiques exceptionnelles. Before Switzerland, he had the honor of studying at the Longy School of Music for the Dalcroze Certificate and License. He completed a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder; for the Master of Music, he studied piano performance and music theory at the Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music. During his undergraduate work, he obtained a Bachelor of Music in piano performance and Bachelor of Science in chemistry. Former teachers include Lisa Parker, Anne Farber, Ruth Gianadda, Marie-Laure Bachmann, Sylvia del Bianco, Sylvie Morgenegg, Laurent Sourisse, Andrew Cooperstock, Michael Chertock, Frank Weinstock, and George Cherry.