Introduction to Kodály Concepts and Methodology

Welcome to JVLMA-Koops' class "Introduction to Kodály" for spring 2012!

Getting Started:

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I have created an initial syllabus, but I will try to be flexible to change it to meet your needs as I get to know you.

Faculty: Alexander Koops, Spring 2012
Mobile Phone: 26075847

9.00am to 10.35am Room 231

Course Description:
This course is designed to introduce the Kodály philosophy and pedagogy and review solfege sight singing using moveable “Do”. The course emphasizes the sequential teaching of musical elements and develops techniques for preparing, presenting and reinforcing musical concepts and skills. Sight singing, ear training, rhythm, melody and form as well as reading, writing and creating music are explored through the use of folk songs, multicultural music, art music and movement activities. Sequential lesson planning for the school year and music materials appropriate for Kindergarten, first grade and introducing the Kodály method at later grade levels will be presented.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will be able to explain the historical and philosophical factors underlying the Kodály concept and its application to music education.

Student will demonstrate successful musical and pedagogical skills necessary for teaching the Kodály curriculum to elementary school children.

Students will have demonstrated successful teaching strategies and created lesson plans based on Kodály Level I sequential concepts.

Course Requirements:
1. Weekly attendance and participation in class activities including discussion, analysis, cooperative learning, and peer teaching.
2. Teaching assignments, written and oral.
3. Three ring notebook with dividers for solfege, methodology, and Song Collections.
4. Five lesson plans
5. Peer teaching/demonstration lessons showing preparation and presentation of new concepts, reinforcement of known concepts, use of world music, and music listening lessons. (Hopefully we can include visits to actual elementary music school classes).
6. Grades are based on tests, exams, participation and assignments, completion of notebooks and lesson plans. This is a "Pass/Fail" class.

Textbooks: (TBA, based on availability)
Kodály, Zoltan , ed. by Percy M. Young. 333 Elementary Exercises. Boosey and Hawkes
Kodály, Zoltan. Bicinia Hungarica (vol. 1)

Supplemental materials, TBA
Kersey, Robert E. (compiled), Just Five A Collection of Pentatonic Songs. Belwin-Mills, 1972.
Bacon, Denise . 50 Easy Two-Part Exercises
Bacon, Denise. 185 Unison Pentatonic Exercises
Choksy, Lois. The Kodály method: comprehensive music education from infant to adult.
Landis, Beth. The eclectic curriculum in American music education: contributions of Dalcroze, Kodaly, and Orff.
Wheeler, Lawrence; Lois Raebeck. Orff and Kodaly adapted for the elementary school.
Eősze, László. Zoltán Kodály. His life and work.



50% Written Assignments and Class Participation, Lesson Plans and Teaching, Notebook
50% tests and final exam