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 enti­tled Muzy­ka, 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.

last modified: 13/02/2014