Kodály Summer School

Late Afternoon Workshops

Instrumental Teaching
Lynne Clark

Integrating singing (Sunday)
To what extent do you really encourage your pupils to use their singing voices during instrumental lessons? Ideas for developing and extending the use of this free natural resource so it becomes second nature.

The value of improvising and composing (Monday)
Giving students the opportunities and challenges of improvisation and composition can feel daunting for you and them.  Let’s look at ways in which these tools can enhance musical learning and development.

Planning for progress (Tuesday)
Are you a proactive or reactive teacher? Who dictates the lesson content – you or the pupil(s)?  Planning is an integral part of class teachers’ work, but many instrumental teachers have received little or no help in this area. Ideas and discussion to improve the quality of your teaching and the pupils’ learning.

Playing or performing? (Wednesday)
Do your pupils play the notes or perform the music? Ideas to encourage and develop freedom of expression and the ability to engage the listener whether at pre grade1 or post grade 8 levels.

Beyond the dots (Thurday)
Just how much do you and the pupils get out of the repertoire? Explorations of how the printed music can be a springboard for holistic musical development.

Secondary Methodology 2 – Folk Song as a study of Identity
James Cuskelly

This course is built around a unit of work appropriate for older students in the Secondary School (e.g. Year 10/S3 and above). Using the idea of Identity as a theme, the unit analyses a range of folk materials for musical and linguistic content and employs selected materials for musical arranging and composing. The content is intended to provide participants with opportunities for performance, analysis, musicological evaluation, improvisation and composition. Further, reflection on social and personal contexts is an important process in understanding the music materials under consideration.

Creative Singing
Árpád Toth

Creative singing is a special singing approach which Árpád has developed during his past 15 years 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.”

Early Years Music
Lucinda Geoghegan

Beat it (Sunday)
How do we support and develop the child’s ability to keep a steady beat. It’s essential that the child can feel a steady beat throughout the whole body but what steps can we take to support this.

I’ve got rhythm (Monday)
When the child is secure in the ability to keep a steady beat we need to work on rhythm – the way the words go! This session will look at pre-notation skills, preparation for rhythm reading and finally how to introduce the very first rhythms in notation.

Stories and songs, rhythm and rhyme (Tuesday)
Using books in the music lesson to support understanding of various music concepts. Children love books so why not use to enhance what we do in the music session. The day will be led by Creative Learning Director for NYCOS, Lucinda Geoghegan, and Early Years Programme Development Manager for Scottish Book Trust, Tracy Cooper.

Pitch in (Wednesday)
How do we help the child to develop the skill to sing in tune. This session will look at activities to encourage individual singing, pitch matching, pre-notation skill (in pitch) how to introduce and reinforce the first pitches in notation.

Active listening (Thursday)
It’s a well-known fact that children need to move to learn. This session will explore how we can use listening activities to enhance children’s understanding of different music skills.

Singing Lessons
Wilma McDougall

Experienced singing teacher, Wilma McDougall, 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.

If there is demand, Wilma will offer short group singing sessions at the end of the lunch hour for those people too shy for an individual lesson.

Education Partner

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