Kodály Level I Courses

Kodály students building dulcimersLevel I Kodály courses are as follows:

Solfa I (KM 860, 2 credits)

This course develops your personal musicianship and your ability to use the pedagogical tools of movable-do solfa and rhythm syllables. Included are skills in sight singing, ear training, inner hearing, dictation, musical memory, improvisation, and part work.

Note: Solid basic musicianship skills are a prerequisite for this course. If you need an introductory or brush-up course, you should enroll in Solfa Fundamentals during Special Studies Week. To determine your readiness for Solfa I, take the AKI Solfa I Readiness Assessment test.

Methodology I (KM 852, 2 credits)

A sequential, child-developmental approach to vocal music pedagogy for children in pre-school through grade 2 is presented. Youll be introduced to the philosophy and practices inspired by Zoltán Kodály and to the principles of Music Learning Theory developed by Dr. Edwin Gordon. You will learn to plan and teach a curriculum, based largely on the use of American folk songs, that leads children to musicianship and musical literacy. You will also learn techniques for developing in your students music readiness, good vocal production, in-tune singing, aural discrimination, rhythm skills (via movement), beginning skills in the use of solfa and rhythm syllables, and the foundations of music notation and reading.

Materials I (KM 853, 3 credits)

  • First Segment: Analysis, Songs & Games
    During the first daily segment of this course, you will collect and learn American folk songs, singing games and play parties that support the methodology for pre-school through grade 2. You will learn the principles of folk song analysis and will create a retrieval system to organize your materials for the teaching of tonal, rhythmic, and formal skills. You will have access to the computer lab and to laptop computers in the classroom, and will have the option of notating the songs for your retrieval systems using the Finale music writing program. Instruction in use of the Finale program will take place during the third class session.
  • Second Segment: Dulcimer
    During the second daily segment of Materials I, you will learn basic principles of playing and accompanying children's singing on the Appalachian dulcimer. (During orientation weekend, you will build and string your own dulcimer.)

Choral Studies I (KM 856, 2 credits)

Choral Studies I consists of one hour of Conducting I (three days per week) and one hour of Choir (daily).

  • First Segment: Conducting I
    During the conducting segment, you will study basic score analysis/preparation and conducting techniques, including posture and stance, conducting patterns, the anacrusis, attacks, releases, and establishing and maintaining tempo. You will study, prepare, and conduct music especially appropriate for children's choirs at the elementary level.
  • Second Segment: Choir
    During the choir segment of Choral Studies, you will engage in choral singing leading to a performance at the concluding concert of the institute. Repertoire will include choral masterpieces from all periods, arrangements of folk music of various styles, and recent compositions. Studies will include interpretation, musical style, principles of choral singing, and application of solfa in learning new music.