JVLMA: Introduction to Kodaly Concepts and Methodology (Koops)


Introduction to Kodaly Philosophy and Pedagogy
Session Topics: Assignments due at ensuing session. All lectures subject to change based on availability of texts and student needs.

Local school visits to be scheduled if possible.

Jan. 24
Session 1 Introduction to musical development in young children
Introduction to learning and music learning theories
Introduction to Kodaly philosophy and pedagogy
Introduction or Review of Hand signs
Activity: Teach/Learn ample pre-school song with analysis.
Handouts: Syllabus, Schedule, Handsigns, sample song,

Assignment: Find a local song appropriate for pre-school. Bring a copy of the song to turn in. Be ready to teach the song to the class. Try not to just copy your neighbor! Analyze the song by identifying the range, the formal structure (aba etc). Write in the solfege (moveable do).

Jan. 31
Session 2
Students teach pre-school songs.
Early childhood/Kindergarten music activities: Singing, moving
Music development/learning theory presentations
Age-appropriate materials, activities
Assignment: Teach a song for pre-schoolers

February 7
Session 3
Quiz on Kodaly Philosophy
Early childhood/Kindergarten music activities: Listening, playing
Music development/learning theory presentations
Pre-school song presentations
Assignment: Teach a Kindergarten concept using a game, song, book, movement, etc

February 14
Session 4 Early childhood/Kindergarten music activities in the spring
Kindergarten: Lesson Planning, Resources
Kindergarten song presentations
Assignment: Five Kindergarten lesson plans. Teach one 20-minute lesson.
Read MBI, p. 1-31

February 21
Session 5 Kindergarten lesson presentations
First Grade: The Process of Preparation, Presentation and Practice
Rhythm: The Beat and the Rest
Assignment: Teach a song with emphasis on the beat. Read MBI p. 32-48

February 28
Session 6 Rhythm: The Divided Beat, Read, Write
Song presentations
Assignment: Teach a rhythmic concept for 1st grade. Read MBI p. 61-78

March 6
Session 7 Rhythm: Listening, improvising
Rhythm concept presentations
Lesson Planning: Putting the Pieces Together
Assignment: Teach a rhythmic concept to any grade level. Read MBI
p. 79-93

March 13
Session 8 Melody: Musical Sounds, Preparation and Presentation of So-Mi
Melody: Read, write So-Mi, Mi-So
Rhythmic concept presentations
Assignment: Three consecutive first grade lesson plans

March 20
Session 9 Kodály approach video, grades K-6 overview
Assignment: Take careful notes on all aspects of curriculum by grade documentary: teaching styles, pacing, music skills, music materials, etc.
Read MBI p. 94-116.

March 27
Session 10 Multicultural music materials for young children.
Assignment: Teach a melodic concept for first grade. MBI p. 117-127


April 10
Session 11 Melody: La, New intervals of So-La, La-So, La-Mi, Mi-La
Melodic concept teaching
Assignment: Teach a melodic reading or writing activity. MBI p. 128-162

Read: Koops Intro lessons adapted for choir (tba).

April 17
Session12 Melody: Do, New Intervals of Do-Mi, Mi-Do, DMS, SMD, D-S, S-D
Assignment: Three consecutive first grade lesson plans.
Teach a melodic music concept using reading, moving, listening, etc.

Reading for next time: Chris Azara chapter on choral improvisation.

Session 13 Create and improvise
Melodic concept teaching
Assignment: Teach a 20-30 minute first grade lesson


Session 14 Kodály pedagogy for older beginners
First grade lessons: 20-30 minutes
Assignment: Complete consecutive lesson plan project

Session 15 Conclusions, review, teaching assignments
Assignment: Study for final exam

To be scheduled: Individual appointments, group teaching, classroom visits

May 8
Final exam