Teaching Kodály

Date: July 28 - August 1, 2014


Al Holcomb - Chair for Music Education Westminster Choir College

Fees:  $745 non-credit/$1245 with 2 graduate credits

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Participants explore and current trends in music education as they connect to Kodály pedagogy. The strategies engage students in teaching and learning that fosters music literacy (hear, read, write, harmonize, improvise, and compose music) and 21st century skills including critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity.  This also includes the new Takadimi rhythm system.

As part of each day, students will observe best practices in Kodály teaching by watching, via satellite, live classes at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary.  After each of these classes, students will have the opportunity to interact with the teachers in Hungary.  

On Monday and Tuesday, Mícheál Houlahan and Philip Tacka will focus on Kodály in the Music in the Elementary Classroom. On Wednesday, participants will have an opportunity to explore best practices, current trends, and solutions to challenges in implementing a Kodály curriculum. Thursday and Friday, Al Holcomb and guest Kodály choral directors from New Jersey will focus on successful music literacy development in the secondary choral setting. This will include ways to make solfège and Takadimi fun for students who have no previous experience with it.

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