Kodály Music Education

Level II Courses

Loyola students playing instruments in front of the Humanities BuildingLevel II Kodály courses are as follows:

Materials II (KM 953, 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, and play parties that support the methodology for grades 3 and 4. 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, songs for these grade levels. Students will need a personal laptop, and should have basic knowledge Sibelius or Finale in order to notate and transcribe folk songs. 
  • Second Segment: Guitar
    During the second daily segment of Materials II, you will learn basic principles of playing and accompanying children's singing on the folk guitar. You must provide your own guitar, strap, and capo. An electric tuner is recommended.

Solfa II (KM 960, 2 credits)

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

Pedagogy II: Secondary Choral Pedagogy (KM 952, 2 credits)

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 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.

Choral Studies II (KM 956, 2 credits)

  • First Segment: Choral Studies II
    In Choral Studies II, you will continue studying Kodály choral techniques and rehearsal strategies. You will enhance and improve conducting skills through posture and stance, clear and concise patterns, the anacrusis, attacks, releases, and establishing and maintaining tempo.  You will also conduct music appropriate for children's choirs at the elementary level.
  • Second Segment: American Kodály 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.