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Terry Boyarsky

Music, Dance/Movement
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With over 45 years of experience as a teacher of Dalcroze Eurhythmics and a lifelong performer of chamber music, pianist Terry Boyarsky believes that every person is musical. Her thirst for musical collaboration led to chamber music, choral singing, improvisation, folk dance, accompaniment, and creating ceremony. She specializes in integrating music and movement into the curriculum. Her unique, multifaceted approach evokes deep listening and playful experimentation.

A favorite interdisciplinary project was a collaboration with a Taipei puppeteer and Cleveland dancer to create “Young Dreams – Life in 3 Parts,” an intimate work of puppetry, dance, and improvised music, sponsored by Cleveland Foundation Creative Fusion Program.

Terry holds a BA in experimental psychology from Reed College, a BM in eurhythmics from Cleveland Institute of Music, and an MA in ethnomusicology from Kent State University. She studied Orff-Schulwerk and was in the first group of Ohio artists selected for the Kennedy Center Arts Integration training. Terry is certified by National Center for Creative Aging and participates in the Ohio Intensive Creative Aging Training Initiative to offer skills-based, sequential, experiential arts activities for older adults.

Terry has taught and created events for institutions such as Dalcroze Society of America, American Orff-Schulwerk Society, Society for Ethnomusicology, Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Hawaii, Rowe Center (Massachusetts), Kasetsat University in Bangkok (Thailand), Los Hipocampitos in Carrizal (Venezuela), Bard College Conservatory of Music, and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Terry sings with Choral Arts Cleveland, teaches a course in Russian Song for Case Western Reserve University, and is guest faculty for Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival. She presents professional development workshops on arts integration and Dalcroze Eurhythmics nationally. Recent articles written for Orff Echo, Dalcroze Society of America Connections, Seminars in Neurology, and Teaching Artist Journal include: “Dalcroze Eurhythmics and the Quick Reaction Exercises,” “Encouraging Collaboration,” and “Meaningful Movement Matters.”

She has been performing and teaching internationally with Siberian balalaika virtuoso Oleg Kruglyakov as “Russian Duo” since 2007.

The award of this badge shows that the artist participated in a two-day workshop at the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning that focused on understanding arts integration, domains of youth development, behavior management, academic and fine arts standards, outcomes and indicators, and learning strategies and activities. The earner developed a program plan to apply these concepts in their work with students, earning a score of 75% or greater related to specific scoring criteria.

Grade Levels/Age Groups

  • PreK-Kindergarten
  • Grades 1-3
  • Grades 4-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12
  • Young Adults
  • Adults
  • Older Adults

Facilities and Resources Required

  • Large, empty space
  • Piano suggested and/or requested

Organizational Involvement


Upon request, except for February







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