Kodály Summer School

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.

Primary Methodology One (Linked and progressive)
Anne Murphy

This course is for those who are new or relatively new to the Kodály concept. This module will explore how we use the games as a springboard to musical learning and will lead to the introduction of musical reading and writing using the tools of solfa, hand signs and rhythm names. Much of this course will be based on the NYCOS Go for Bronze workbooks alongside other material.

Primary Methodology Two (Linked and progressive)
Lucinda Geoghegan

This course is aimed at those teachers or practitioners with some knowledge of Kodály principles who are familiar with the tools of solfa, hand signs and rhythm names. This course will explore in greater detail how to plan effectively, how to choose the best material to teach concepts and how to prepare the concept, present it and give ideas for how to practise. The use of basic classroom percussion instruments will be included alongside a discussion of how to use them effectively to support a Kodály inspired programme.

Secondary Methodology 1 (Linked and progressive)
James Cuskelly

Older Beginners and the Kodály Approach

This course is designed as an introduction to the older beginners’ sequence with a focus on beginning an aural-based program in the Secondary School. Content which will be covered includes:

  • an overview of music curriculum in the early high years program
  • appropriate materials for the target group
  • an introduction to sequential teaching within an overall strategy
  • focus teaching and targeted questioning
  • inclusion and accessibility as core principals

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 sightreaders 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.