Dawn Pratson has pursued a life-long study of the interface of music and movement. Growing up in a musical family, she studied piano and cello, with flute becoming her primary instrument. At age 17 she won first prize in the Ridgefield Symphony (formerly Symphonette) competition for high school students. After earning her bachelor’s degree in music and dance from the University of Hartford/Hartt School of music she went on to earn her master’s degree in the creative arts in therapy from Hahnemann Medical College, now part of Drexel University.
As an active member of the arts community in Cape Ann, MA, from 1983-2003 Dawn worked as a creative arts therapist, studied and taught modern dance, choreographed and performed throughout
the Boston area. She founded and directed a women’s a cappella group, ‘LEVEN, for 12 years.
In 1997 she began to teach a comprehensive movement course for graduate students in the Dalcroze Eurhythmics program at Longy School of Music, now Longy School of Bard College, and from 1997-2012 taught each summer in the internationally-renowned Summer Dalcroze Institute.
She earned her Dalcroze certificate and license in 2004. Currently she is on sabbatical leave from her position as music specialist at the Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School in Philadelphia. She has been a guest clinician at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, and at Temple, Drexel and Villanova Universities.