Kodály Summer School CANCELLED

Early Afternoon Workshops


The first session in the afternoon is aimed at those wishing to study a particular Methodology stage to enhance teaching practice. The exception is the “singing option” of László Nemes’ class.

Go for Bronze (Linked/Progressive) New

Anne Murphy

NYCOS published its own musicianship programme fifteen years ago. It is designed for use in schools and choirs by children from 7 years upwards. The “Go for” series provides guidance for adults teaching musicianship skills to young singers in schools and choirs. These workshops provide a solid grounding for beginning the music reading process and enhancing musical skills. Many instrumental instructors recommend these resources for their pupils, and both class teachers and specialists are using the material in schools across the UK and worldwide. This will be a hands on, activity packed sessions, sure to give you lots of ideas to take away and use. For anyone already working with Kodály material this is an excellent structured training.

Primary Methodology One (Linked/Progressive)

Lucinda Geoghegan

This level will focus on choice of repertoire, teaching strategies and teaching techniques for introducing a vocal based music pedagogy according to the philosophical ideas of Zoltán Kodály. The following concepts will be covered: Beat and rhythm (and differentiation) and the rhythmic elements ta , te te, tiritiri and rest.

Metre: Duple metre consciously and experience of duple metre (simple and compound) in movement.

Pitch: Development of pitch matching and understanding of higher and lower before introduction of the first interval so – mi and later la (these will be introduced in the context of moveable do system). These pitches will be introduced both on the stave and in stick notation.

Other areas covered will be part work, choice of repertoire, use of Art Music, Movement, Composition and Improvisation. Planning for the provision of a sequenced, well-structured programme will also be covered (short term and long term planning).

Secondary Methodology Level One

James Cuskelly

This level will show how to begin a Kodály programme with older beginners. How to choose repertoire and develop supporting activities to introduce a vocal based music program to older beginners. Intellectually the Year One and Two secondary student is more capable and will move faster than the younger beginner. Many may already be instrumentalist at this age. Music concepts covered will be:

Beat/Rhythm, the rhythm elements,       and all equivalent rests.

Anacrusis, use of tie, uneven patterns over two beats       and      uneven rhythm patterns over one beat       and   

Metre: Simple duple/simple triple/simple quadruple will be covered as well as an introduction to compound time.

Pitch: All pitches of the pentatonic scale s, l, d r m s l d’ will be covered (aurally, singing, reading and writing) and absolute pitch names.

In addition, there will be an introduction to part work/ensemble singing/ listening activities/writing activities and working with the changing voice in the classroom.

Planning (short term and long term) will be covered.

Ensemble Singing with Solfa

László Nemes

This workshop offers participants the opportunity to experience how the systematic use of relative solmization in the choral context can contribute to the development of choristers’ general musical skills, their intonation, sight-reading skills, polyphonic and harmonic hearing as well as their understanding of the most important stylistic features of the choral repertoire. During the week we shall sing and analyse a great variety of choral pieces from folksong arrangements to a few challenging modern choir pieces as well. Aimed at those participants who are confident singers and sight-readers with solfa, this will be a wonderful opportunity to work with the Director of the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music.



Education Partner

The Kodály Summer School is supported by our Education Partner, NASUWT Scotland.