Courses are scheduled daily, Monday-Friday, from 8:15 am - 4:30 pm
Please note that the final concert is a requirement of Choir for each level of the course.
Fill out the online Pre-Registration Form to sign up for these courses.
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Each level of certification requires one summer of study, with enrollment in the courses below and including choir for each level.
Successful completion of all three levels, along with certification requirements (teaching videos and song collection), results in Kodály Summer Certification.
Part-time pathways are available. (Anyone wishing to distribute study in Level I over two summers must enroll in the musicianship and conducting classes during the first summer.)
This certification is endorsed by the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE).
Students may transfer 5 credits from Level 1 towards the Master in Music (Music Education with Kodály Emphasis).
Musicianship – MUSC 211A,B,C
Participants are assigned a section of daily solfège instruction according to a placement assessment on Monday, June 18. Classes include training in sight singing, ear training, intonation, memorization, dictation, harmonic hearing, and stylistic analysis. (Foundation / Intermediate / Advanced)
Folk Music – MUSC 214A,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. Courses are completed in chronological order - Level 1, 2 and 3 over 3 summers.
Conducting – MUSC 215A,B,C
Foundation, continuing and advanced conducting is taught in a choral lab setting, allowing participants to put conducting theory into practice with a choral ensemble. Levels are streamed according to prior experience and training in Kodály Choral Pedagogy.
Choir – MUSC 218
Dr. Laszlo Nemes, visiting Hungarian professor, will lead daily choral rehearsals for the entire institute.
Choir is a compulsory part of each Level. Students must attend all sessions including the final concert.
In 2018, the final concert will be held on the evening of Friday, July 6th followed by a reception for families and friends.
Kodály Pedagogy – MUSC 210A,B,C
Strategies are presented for implementing the Kodály philosophy of education in the music classroom. Each level features a peer teaching forum (practicum), allowing participants to put theory in practice, receive feedback and engage in reflective processes. Pedagogy courses are offered in chronological order over 3 summers.
- 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...”
-Level I student