NYCoS' education principles are based on the teachings of Hungarian Composer and Educator Zoltán Kodály.

He advocated that music education should start nine months before the child is born, should be organised in a systematic and structured way throughout school years, and should start with the most natural instrument in the world - the voice. Research has shown that good music education will not only help develop musical skills, but will also enhance numerical, social and linguistic skills. The name of Zoltán Kodály is being increasingly recognised across Scotland, and his teaching philosophy becoming more commonplace in the classroom. He believes:

“There will be good music education in the schools only when we educate good teachers”.

Certainly, the advent of the Youth Music Initiative has helped to provide these necessary training opportunities, a trend that will hopefully continue. NYCoS has for some years now been delivering Kodály based programmes for schools. This year NYCoS developed and piloted a new music project in West Lothian linking Kodály based material with Curriculum for Excellence Active Learning. Its success has allowed NYCoS to feel confident that this will roll out to more schools, providing non-specialist staff with the necessary skills, resources and confidence to deliver a quality music programme, which is at the core of the curriculum. 

For more information about the Kodály method, we recommend Christopher Lambton's "Voices of Change" article, which can be found here.

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