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The Kodaly Method of Music Education

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Zoltan Kodaly. Zoltan Kodaly was a


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Sequential process following a child's natural learning development:Aural - oral kinesthetic
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Songs that are in the pentatonic scale are


emphasized at the beginning level.
According to Kodaly, "Nobody wants to stop
at pentatony. But, indeed, the beginnings
must be made there; on the one hand, in this

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way the child's biogenetical development is

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What are the musical instruments used?:


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The voice is the main musical instrument of this method. In his words, "Singing
connected with movements and action is a much more ancient, and, at the same time,
more complex phenomenon than is a simple song." Various rhythm and tonal instruments
are also used, including xylophones and recorders.
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Although the Kodaly Method follows a set sequence, the materials used in teaching
musical concepts varies depending on the age of the student. The sequence followed
may be simplified as: listen - sing - understand - read and write - create.
Using this method under the guidance of a certified Kodaly teacher, students can develop
listening skills, sight-singing, ear training, learn how to play instruments, compose,
improvise, sing, dance, analyze, read and write music.
Zoltan Kodaly Quotes:
"Only art of intrinsic value is suitable for children! Everything else is harmful.
We should read music in the same way that an educated adult will read a book: in
silence, but imagining the sound.
"To teach a child an instrument without first giving him preparatory training and without
developing singing, reading and dictating to the highest level along with the playing is to
build upon sand.
"Teach music and singing at school in such a way that it is not a torture but a joy for the
pupil; instill a thirst for finer music in him, a thirst which will last for a lifetime."
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The following resources will help you learn more about the Kodaly Method, teacher
certification and other pertinent information:
Organization of American Kodly Educators
The British Kodaly Academy
Kodaly Music Education Institute of Australia
Kodaly Institute
International Kodaly Society

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