When I trained as a primary teacher with a music major 30 years ago, the wonderful music education lecturers gave us a taste of a number of different approaches to teaching and for me it was the Kodály method that really resonated. I began to use the approach straight after graduation. That is, I used an approximation of the method until completing Kodály Level 1 in 2006 and realising that there was a lot more to it than I had thought. Immediately I became a Kodály nerd through and through and have since completed Levels 2 and 3 here in Victoria.
The Kodály method is an approach to learning music that is based on the philosophy and teachings of the Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodály, with the core beliefs that to be complete emotionally, spiritually and intellectually, every person must have music. The musical ability that we all have should begin as early as possible and singing should be the foundation of all musical learning.
The method centres around the developmental stages and natural learning styles of young children, so lessons are made up of singing games, fun activities and play that lead the child to discovering the musical elements in the most natural way. Kodály students can develop a highly trained musical ear and the ability to read music at sight, skills that may be applied to all singing and instrumental playing. The tools of the method, solfa (do, re, mi etc) and rhythm syllables (taa, ti ti and saa) are aids to good musicianship for musicians of all ages.
The students in my classes make me so proud every day by striving for excellence and achieving music at a very high level, even in the early years. And as there is always more music to learn and a higher skill level to meet, I am challenged every day myself to become a better musician and teacher.
Why I love Kodály
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