Courses

INSTITUTE COURSES

Courses are scheduled daily, Monday-Friday, from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm 

Each level of certification requires one summer of study, with enrollment in the courses below (A = Level I, B=Level II, C=Level III).  Successful completion of all three levels, along with certification requirements, results in Kodály Summer Certification.  This certification is endorsed by the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE).  Anyone wishing to distribute study in Level I over two summers must enroll in the musicianship and conducting classes during the first summer.

Note: Participants will attend alumni events, and choir rehearsal on Saturday, July 27.

Choir – MUSC 418

Judit Hartyányi, visiting Hungarian professor, will lead daily choral rehearsals for the entire institute.  The institute will conclude on the evening of Saturday, July 27th with a performance by the choir, followed by a reception for families and friends.

Conducting – MUSC 415A,B,C

Beginning and continuing conducting skills are taught in a choral lab setting, allowing participants to put conducting theory into practice with a choral ensemble.  Level I conducting students will separate into two classes, to provide instruction to both beginning and experienced conductors.

Folk Music – MUSC 414A,B,C

Song materials are chosen from the many cultures represented in the United States.  They include singing games and dances as well as songs appropriate for each level of instruction.  Methods of research, collection and analysis are presented and participants have the opportunity to work in the HNU Folk Song Collection, an archive recognized by the Library of Congress.

Kodály Pedagogy – MUSC 410A,B,C

Strategies are presented for implementing the Kodály philosophy of education in the music classroom.  Each level features a peer teaching forum, allowing participants to try out theory in practice.

  • Level I: PK-1.   Includes singing, voice exploration, movement to music, listening and improvisation, early melodic and rhythmic concepts and skill development.
  • Level II: Grades 2-4.  Continuation of elementary melodic and rhythmic concept and skill development, including reading and writing activities, memorization, and beginning part-work.
  • Level III: Grades 5-8.  Continuing and advanced pedagogical practice.

From the classes, I learned how, as a teacher, I could start from the ground up with my students – first singing and game playing, then various auditory, visual and kinesthetic representations, and finally, the process of making conscious a musical element.  These classes showed me that learning and developing music literacy is an organic process in which students learn new skills and at the same time, reinforce skills learned before.” 

–Level I student

Musicianship – MUSC 411A,B,C

Participants are assigned a section of daily solfège instruction according to a placement assessment on Monday, July 1.   Classes include training in sight singing, ear training, intonation, memorization, dictation, harmonic hearing, and stylistic analysis.

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