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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
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe 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.
Course 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.

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
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have the equivalent skills as examined in Listening & Musicianship 2 (MUSI08052) and Performance & Keyboard 2 (MUSI08049).
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
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 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 70 %, Practical Exam 30 %
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
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.

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.
Additional Information
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Study Abroad n/a
KeywordsKodaly, Music, Education, Pedagogy
Course organiserDr Katie Overy
Tel: (0131 6)50 8248
Course secretaryMiss Annabelle Evans
Tel: (0131 6)50 2422
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