Kodály Music Education

Level I Courses

Loyola students playing instruments on the QuadLevel I Kodály courses are as follows:

Musicianship 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. 

Pedagogy I (KM 852, 2 credits)

You will develop an understanding of a sequential, child-developmental approach to vocal music pedagogy for children in pre-school through grade 2. Teachers of older beginners will the learn modification strategies and activities to meet their students’ needs.  You will be introduced to the philosophy inspired by Zoltán Kodály, and learn how to apply those practices in your lesson plans. 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. You will build and string your own dulcimer during orientation weekend.

Choral Studies I (KM 856, 2 credits)

During the first portion of Choral Studies I, you will study basic score analysis, rehearsal techniques, and sequencing the choral rehearsal. Vocal health and pedagogy are emphasized, including diction, phonation, resonance, posture, and breath. You will study the basics of conducting and prepare, and conduct music appropriate for children's choirs at the elementary level.

  • 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: American Kodály Institute Choir
    During the choir segment, you will have an opportunity to perform 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. The ensemble will perform at the closing concert on the final Friday evening of the program.