Kodály Music Education

Level III Courses

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

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. Areas of focus included are sight singing, part work, harmonization, and improvisation in all modalities. 

Pedagogy III (KM 994, 2 credits)

You will study a sequential, child-developmental approach to vocal music pedagogy for children in grades 5 and above. You will continue the study, begun in Pedagogy I and Pedagogy II of the philosophy and practices inspired by Zoltán Kodály. You will learn to plan and teach a curriculum for grades 5 and above, 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.

PEDAGOGY III: SECONDARY CHORAL PEDAGOGY

You will learn vocal music pedagogy and the skills to develop a sequential choral curriculum and for grades 6 through 12.  This course continues to follow the Kodály principles and philosophies in Pedagogy I and II, and applies them to the secondary choral setting. You will learn to plan and teach a curriculum that leads your choristers to musicianship and musical literacy, all while preparing for performances and competitions. You will also learn techniques for developing in your students’ skills in vocal production, in-tune singing, rhythm, movable-do solfa, ear training, inner hearing, dictation, musical memory, improvisation, part work, music notation and reading, and applying solfa 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 above. Teachers of older beginners will the learn modification strategies and activities to meet their students’ needs.   You will analyze, and add to your retrieval systems, and begin the final editing process for your final thesis – your complete song index and retrieval system. Students will need a personal laptop, and should have basic knowledge Sibelius or Finale in order to notate and transcribe folk songs.

  • 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. You must provide your own 5-string banjo. 

Choral Studies III (KM 992, 2 credits)

  • First Segment: Choral Studies III

    During the first portion of Choral Studies III, you will develop and implement a rehearsal flow chart, practice advanced conducting techniques, and apply to choral texts the International Phonetic Alphabet.

  • 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. 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.