Integral Steps promotes integrative education to support the balanced development of individuals, families, and communities. We offer programs for children, adults, and families, as well as professionals seeking further specialized training in integrative education, child development, and Dalcroze education.
We support individuals in developing strength and resiliency by engaging the mind, body, and emotions in a balanced way. Students grow to their full potential, empowered to make significant contributions to their communities.
Integral Steps was founded in 2012 by Alejandra Hudon and Emma Shubin, both of whom wished to integrate their working modalities to better serve their students and clients. As a musician and Dalcroze Educator, Emma observed that her music students had preferences for kinesthetic learning, cognitive discovery, and artistic expression, and wanted to gain more tools to support development in all three of these areas. As a mental health practitioner, Alejandra worked in family therapy and infant massage, and wanted to develop everyday tools for her clients that included experiential, interactive, and embodied learning.
By collaborating, Alejandra and Emma developed a unique responsive curriculum integrating physical, cognitive, and social-emotional learning. This offered families a new way of learning, interacting, and growing, while incorporating the latest research on child development, attachment, trauma, and learning with disabilities. Recognizing that balanced development and growth is a life-long pursuit, Integral Steps grew to serve not only children, but also parents, communities, and adults seeking professional education.
"[My daughter] has been struggling with distance learning, but this morning she was engaged, happy, laughing, and wanted to stay for the entire class! " - Kate R.
"I'll never forget the sound of my daughter, singing softly while playing her metallophone, trying to get a melody just right. The Integral Steps music education program was her first experience with dedicated practice (and its rewards). Integral Steps gave her new confidence in her own ability to learn new things through repetition and focus. Of course, we all endured many dissonant, crashing attempts along the way; but when she finally mastered a tune, nothing could sound sweeter. I hope this experience helps her learn and grow for the rest of her life." - an IS parent
"That first week when our family was home, our kids were so happy to join their Integral Steps classes -- a bit of their former life was continuing. They saw their friends and instructors. They made music. They moved their bodies and laughed together. They learned how to bring art into their living room. They were amazed that we could all be apart, but joyfully together." - Ellen T.
"The incredible classes led by Integral Steps and the Boulder Phil each week included lessons about rhythm. The students were taught to say 'red' for long notes and 'purple' for short notes. One day, while I was in a classroom the day after music class, a 4-year old student heard the construction noises from outside. He started to say 'red, red, red, etc.' when he heard a machine making a rhythmic noise, and a girl joined in with another machine saying 'purple, purple, purple, etc. It was remarkable!" - Stacy Fujieda, Education Manager for Boulder County Head Start