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Zoltán Kodály

“Let us take our children seriously!  Everything else follows from this...only the best is good enough for a child.”

Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967)

Kodály Level 1 at ETBU

Dates: July 18-29, 2022

Times: M,W,F  |  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  T, TH  |  8:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m..

Cost: $500 per participant, $175 required course materials (available for purchase at the training)
Payment due with registration.
Room and board not included.

Registration deadline: July 1
Last day to receive full refund: June 17

Participants will earn 75 professional development hours and will receive a certificate at the end of the training. Participants should not schedule other events during the time of the training course. Classes meet every weekday with evening homework assignments. Attendance at all class sessions is mandatory to receive a certificate at the end of the training course. 

Level 1 Description

This is the first of three levels of training in the Kodály approach of music teaching. Kodály training is based on the philosophy of Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967), Hungarian music educator, composer, ethnomusicologist, and linguist.  Singing authentic folk songs is the foundation for early music education in the Kodály approach. Kodály believed that only the best teacher musicians should teach young children. Teachers of this approach are dedicated to excellent musicianship and pedagogy because “only the best is good enough for a child.”

This philosophy is in keeping with the Biblical view of the value of children expressed in scripture. 
 "Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward." 
Psalm 127:3

Level 1 Coursework

Musicianship: Sight-singing, ear training, inner hearing, rhythm reading, part-singing, memory, and dictation using relative solmization and absolute pitch.
Pedagogy: History of the Kodály philosophy of music education and scope and sequence, short- and long-range planning, music selection, and development of teaching practices and skills for early elementary (K-1).
Music Literature: American folk music, traditional children’s songs and games, folk song collecting
Choral Conducting: Conducting gesture and technique, score analysis and preparation, rehearsal strategies, a cappella singing, use of tuning fork, literature for children’s choirs