What is the Kodály Method?
“Teach music and singing at school in such a way that it is not a torture but a joy for the pupil; instill a thirst for finer music in him, a thirst which will last for a lifetime.”
“To teach a child an instrument without first giving him preparatory taining and without developing singing, reading and dictating to the highest level along with the playing is to build upon sand.”
Music teaching with JOY! Hungarian composer and music educator Zoltan Kodály believed great musicians were developed from the earliest ages. To that extent, Kodály and his colleagues designed a comprehensive and sequential music education method that:
- fosters musical understanding and appreciation
- integrates many of the best ideas, techniques and approaches to music education
- builds musicianship through singing and movement
- focuses on teaching music through folk songs, classical music and other quality materials
- develops a music literacy in which one can hear in their mind what they see and see in their mind what they hear.
Participants enrolled in the WSU program take part in classes aimed at developing Musicianship, Pedagogy, Teaching Repertoire, Conducting, and Choral Music-Making. We offer all three levels, leading to an OAKE endorsed Certificate in Kodály Music Education upon successful completion of Level III. Further, in 2020 we will be offering Levels I and II for secondary music teachers. One level may be completed each summer. The courses are also eligible for Teacher Recertifiication Points in many school systems (please check with your district for verification).