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. 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 system using the Finale music writing program.
  • 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 capos. 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.

Choral Studies II (KM 956, 2 credits)

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

  • First Segment: Conducting II
    During the Conducting segment, you will study techniques for use of left hand movement, cueing strategies, beating patterns in unusual and mixed meters, the fermata, interpretation and musical style, diction, and introduction to the development of part-singing. You will study, prepare, and conduct intermediate level treble choral music.
  • Second 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.

Methodology II (KM 952, 2 credits)

A sequential, child-developmental approach to vocal music pedagogy for children in grades 3 and 4 is presented. You continue the study, begun in Methodology I, 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 3 and 4, based on folk and art music, that leads children to musicianship and musical literacy. 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.