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Magdalena Stępień

Professor FCUM Magdalena Stępień, DMus Hab., She grad­u­ated with hon­ours from the Fry­deryk Chopin Acad­emy of Music (now the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­sity of Music), Depart­ment of Music Edu­ca­tion, Sec­tion of Rhyth­mics. She con­duct classes in Rhyth­mics, Move­ment Com­po­si­tion, Sem­i­nar in Dalcroze’s Method and Music and Move­ment Expres­sion at dif­fer­ent lev­els of music edu­ca­tion. Cur­rently she holds the post of Pro­fes­sor at the FCUM, where she heads the Unit of Rhyth­mics and Piano Impro­vi­sa­tion, ear­lier known as the Emile Jaques-Dalcroze Course (2003–2007) and the Unit of Edu­ca­tional Meth­ods (2007–2013). She is also con­nected with the Acad­emy of Music in Cra­cow and the War­saw Fam­ily Alliance Insti­tute of Higher Education.

An impor­tant area of her activ­ity has been her coop­er­a­tion (since 1999) with Zofia Dobkowska’s Edu­ca­tional Pub­lish­ing Com­pany “Żak” (Wydawnictwo Eduka­cyjne “Żak”). She is an author of the musi­cal part of a few cycles of course books for early school edu­ca­tion, recep­tion class course books, numer­ous method­olog­i­cal pub­li­ca­tions for teach­ers (a few dozen items alto­gether), and music edi­tor of 17 albums released at the request of the pub­lish­ing com­pany. She car­ries out vivid method­olog­i­cal activ­ity (music and move­ment work­shops around the whole of Poland) and pro­motes music edu­ca­tion, espe­cially the one con­nected with Emile Jacques-Dalcroze’s method. She also com­poses songs for chil­dren (Wydawnictwo Eduka­cyjne “Żak”, Wydawnictwo Szkolne PWN, Edukacja Polska).

Within the sphere of her direct inter­ests is the issue whether it is pos­si­ble to express the essence of a musi­cal piece through body move­ment. The issue is the main sub­ject dis­cussed in her work enti­tledMuzyka, ruch, forma. Inter­pre­tacja ruchowa w metodzie Dalcroze’a jako środek przekazu formy dzieła muzy­cznego [Music, move­ment, form. Move­ment inter­pre­ta­tion in Dalcroze’s method as a mean of expres­sion of the  form of a musi­cal piece] pub­lished in 1999 by the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­sity of Music.

She is very active as an orga­nizer at the uni­ver­sity. As Head of, respec­tively: the Emile Jaques-Dalcroze Course, the Unit of Edu­ca­tional Meth­ods, and finally, the Unit of Rhyth­mics and Piano Impro­vi­sa­tion, she orga­nizes numer­ous schol­arly ses­sions, sem­i­nars, lec­tures and work­shops aimed at exchang­ing expe­ri­ences of ped­a­gogues using Dalcroze’s method.