Teaching Kodály

Join us in a non-threatening environment as we explore ways to help students of all ages hear, read, perform and create original music with harmonic and rhythmic understanding. Using Kodály inspired pedagogy and Creating-Performing-Responding, the framework of the forthcoming National Music Standards, participants will learn about student-centered instructional strategies, literature selection, curriculum development, assessment (including SGOs and SLOs) and solfege/rhythm syllable systems.

Date: TBD



Al Holcomb - Music Education Faculty, Westminster Choir College

With guest presentations by:

Lindsay Jackson - Conversational Solfege; President, Kodály New Jersey

Karen Howard - Global Music and Kodály Music Education Faculty, Saint Thomas University

John Paul Velez - Kodály and Beyond; Elementary Music Specialist, Princeton Schools

Fred Meads - Beginning Vocal and Literacy Techniques for Choirs. Faculty and Conductor; American Boychoir School

$795 non-credit/$1385 with 2 graduate credits

Donna Gallo: Teaching Folk Dance Through Free Movement Process

Incorporating folk dance into the general music curriculum is a standard practice in Kodály-inspired classrooms. Folk dance may be taught in several different ways, from structured learning of the steps to the “watch and learn” approach that is more common outside of educational spaces. This workshop will feature two folk dances in which basic creative movement is used as an impetus to learning the dance. The workshop will focus on using simple creative movement language with students to teach folk dances in free space, minimizing verbal directions from the teacher and allowing students to connect movement to the music of the dance from the start of the teaching process.

Donna Gallo is a professor of music education at Westminster Choir College and a Ph.D. candidate in music education at Northwestern University. Donna served as adjunct faculty at DePaul University where she taught Kodály Level III and Technology for Music Educators, and has taught summer graduate music education research courses at Northwestern University and Silver Lake College. Prior to her doctoral studies, she taught K-6 general/choral music for eight years in Fairfax County, VA and in Simsbury, CT.. Donna holds a BME from Indiana University, Kodály Levels I-III and MME from Silver Lake College, Orff Levels I-II, and two diplomas from the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary.

Franklin Gallo: Building Musical Skills Through Sequence, Literature, and Technique

To fully develop the musical potential in our students, successful choral educators sequentially build musicianship skills, select and present engaging literature, and encourage meaningful collaboration. Concepts presented in this workshop will focus on advancing student musicianship, preparing diverse and accessible choral literature and applying meaningful gesture.

Franklin Gallo is a passionate guest conductor, engaging clinician, and imaginative composer.  Gallo is the recent recipient of the 2015 Ruth Boshkoff Composition Prize sponsored by the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE).  The National Youth Choir at the OAKE National Conference in Minneapolis will premiere Gallo’s composition in March.  Annually, Dr. Gallo regularly serves as summer faculty in the Kodály certification programs at DePaul University in Chicago and Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

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