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

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe Kodály 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 internationally with children and adults of all ability levels. This course will introduce students to the life and work of Zoltán Kodály, to his pedagogical approach, and to the musical skills required for this kind of classroom teaching. We will meet in weekly seminars and the focus will be on the development of musical and pedagogical skills, guided by thoughtful reading and repertoire collection. The first half of each seminar will normally focus on history, theory, folk-song analysis and discussion. After a short break, the second half will be dedicated to practice: solfège skills, keyboard skills, musical dictations and classroom teaching. Additional seminars may be provided by guest lecturers.
Course description The principal aim of this course is to introduce students to the Kodály approach to music education. The focus will be on the development of musical and pedagogical skills, guided by thoughtful reading and repertoire collection.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Performance 2 (MUSI08074) AND Music Analysis (MUSI08076)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students who do not have these pre-requisites should contact the Course Organiser prior to enrolment to discuss the required skill level.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have the equivalent skills as examined in Musicianship 1 (MUSI08066) and Performance & Keyboard 2 (MUSI08049).
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Discuss the life, compositional output and pedagogical philosophy of Zoltán Kodály.
  2. Demonstrate their skills in sol-fa, Curwen hand signs, rhythm syllables, sight-singing and keyboard skills.
  3. Transcribe a song, analyse the song and plan a classroom lesson using folk song materials.
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.

Eosze, László (1971). Zoltan 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, Erno. (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.

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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Study Abroad n/a
Additional Class Delivery Information All seminars will be delivered online.
Course organiserDr Katie Overy
Tel: (0131 6)50 8248
Course secretaryMr Hugh Black
Tel: (0131 6)51 5926
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