Kodály Music Education

Level III Courses

A Loyola student plays an instrumentLevel III Kodály courses are as follows:

Methodology III (KM 994, 2 credits)

A sequential, child-developmental approach to vocal music pedagogy for children in grades 5 and 6 is presented. You will continue the study, begun in Methodology I and Methodology II, of the philosophy and practices inspired by Zoltán Kodály and the principles of Music Learning Theory developed through the research of Dr. Edwin Gordon. You will learn to plan and teach a curriculum for grades 5 and 6, based on folk and art music, that leads children to musicianship and musical literacy. You will learn techniques for developing in your students skills in vocal development, in-tune singing, rhythm, movable-do solfa, absolute pitches, ear training, inner hearing, dictation, musical memory, improvisation, part work, music notation and reading, and applying solfa and absolute pitch skills to playing keyboard instruments.

Materials III (KM 993, 3 credits)

  • First Segment: Analysis, Songs & Games
    During the first daily segment of this course, you will collect and learn American folk songs, art songs, singing games, play parties, and dances that support the methodology for grades 5 and 6. You will analyze, and add to your retrieval systems, songs for these grade levels. 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.
  • Second Segment: Banjo
    During the second daily segment of Materials III, you will learn basic principles of playing and accompanying children's singing on the 5-string banjo. (During Orientation Weekend, you will build and string your own 5-string banjos. You must provide their own straps.)

Solfa III (KM 995, 2 credits)

This course continues, on a more advanced level, the work begun in Solfa I and Solfa II to develop 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.

Choral Studies III (KM 992, 2 credits)

Choral Studies III consists of one hour of Choir (daily) and one hour of Conducting III (three days per week).

  • First Segment: Choir
    During the Choir segment of Choral Studies, you will engage in choral singing leading to a performance at the concluding concert of the institute. Repertoire will include 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.
  • Second Segment: Conducting III
    During the Conducting segment of Choral Studies III, you will develop and practice strategies for presenting new choral music to children's choirs, develop and implement a rehearsal flow chart, practice advanced conduting techniques, and apply to choral texts the International Phonetic Alphabet.