Kodály Summer School CANCELLED

Late Afternoon Workshops


Primary Methodology (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 (Linked/Progressive)

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.

Instrumental Teaching

Lynne Clark

Last year Lynne covered different topics each day to support practitioners who are teaching group instrumental lessons. These topics included: Integrating Singing, Improvising and Composing, Planning for progress, Playing or performing and Beyond the Dots. She will be using new ideas and materials this year.

Creative Singing

Árpád Toth

Creative singing is a special singing approach which Árpád has developed during his past 15 years of teaching practice. He says, “I truly believe, in every age and on every musical level singing can be a free, joyful, spontaneous and playful activity. Let us sing together in a different way, and let us surprise ourselves at how can we approach our music classes or choral work practice in a more challenging way.”

Musicianship and Repertoire for Young Choirs (Sun to Wed)

Andrew Nunn

Across four days, Andrew will look at a whole age range of choirs. Each session will focus on appropriate repertoire and warm-ups for each age group and the application of the Kodály Philosophy to each level of the choir.


Singing Lessons

Wilma McDougall

Wilma McDougall, experienced singing teacher, is offering singing lessons during the summer school afternoons. These lessons are for any level of singing ability and Wilma can address whatever aspect of using one’s voice participants desire. She will tailor lessons accordingly. For singers wishing to develop their solo singing skills, technique and platform experience for auditions, concerts, or exams. Many teachers ask us for advice on how to take care of their voice, and how to improve their singing, and Wilma is the person to ask. There are half-hour slots available and you can book up to two lessons.


How to Teach a Song/Conducting

As part of the new Primary and Secondary Certificate courses, all must attend either the Song Leading/Conducting class at the appropriate development level. More information to follow.

Musicianship and Repertoire for Young Choirs (Sun to Wed)

Andrew Nunn

As above.

Singing Games and Rhymes (Thursday Only)

Lucinda Geoghegan and James Cuskelly

A practical workshop offering a variety of games from around the world to have fun with and take away to use in your own practice.





Education Partner

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