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Undergraduate Course: The Kodaly Approach to Music Education (MUSI10073)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaMusic Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe Kodaly approach to music pedagogy is based on the principle that everyone is musical and everyone should have access to music education. Developed in the 1940s in Hungary, the approach is based on singing skills and is now used worldwide with children and adults of all ability levels. This course will introduce students to the life and work of Zoltan Kodaly, to the history and development of his pedagogical approach, and to the musical skills required for classroom teaching. The class will meet in 11 weekly seminars and the focus will be on the development of musical and pedagogical skills, guided by thoughtful reading, research, theory and repertoire collection. The first 50 minutes of each seminar will be dedicated to history, pedagogical theory, folk-song analysis and discussion. After a short break, the second 50 minutes of each seminar will be dedicated to practice: solfege skills, piano accompaniment, dictations, and classroom teaching.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Listening and Musicianship 2 (MUSI08052) AND Performance and Keyboard 2 (MUSI08049)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 70 %, Practical Exam 30 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, students will be familiar with:
a) the life of Zoltan Kodaly
b) the compositions of Zoltan Kodaly
c) the pedagogical philosophy of Zoltan Kodaly.

Students will also be able to demonstrate their skills in:
d) singing using solfege names
e) Curwin hand-signs
f) rhythm syllables
g) sight-singing
h) dictation
i) keyboard skills
j) folk song analysis
k) lesson planning.

Assessment Information
Song collection & analysis (30%)
Sight-singing & keyboard skills (30%)
Final submission Essay (3,000 words) (40%)

Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description The principal aim of this course is to introduce students to the Kodaly approach to music education. The focus will be on the development of musical and pedagogical skills, guided by thoughtful reading, research, theory and repertoire collection.

Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Choksy, Lois (1999). The Kodály method I: comprehensive music education. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall.

Choksy, Lois (1999). The Kodály method II: folksong to masterwork. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall.

E¿sze, László (1971). Zoltán Kodály: his life in pictures and documents. Budapest: Corvina Kiadó.

Houlahan, Mícheál & Tacka, Philip (2008). Kodály today: a cognitive approach to elementary music education. Oxford University Press.

Lendvai, Ern¿. (1979). Bartók and Kodály. Budapest: Institute for Culture.

Zoltán, Kodály (1974). The selected writings of Zoltán Kodály. London; New York: Boosey & Hawkes.

Rowsell, Cyrilla & Vinden, David (2008). The Music Handbook: Teaching music skills to children through singing. Chigwell, UK: Jolly Learning Ltd.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsKodaly, Music, Education, Pedagogy
Course organiserDr Katie Overy
Tel: (0131 6)50 8248
Course secretaryMr Brad Herbert
Tel: (0131 6)50 2422
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