KODÁLY MUSIC TEACHING CERTIFICATE COURSES

Prerequisite:  Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance, Education, Conducting or related field.

The Kodály Music Institute offers graduate study in four levels of increasingly complex skill development in musicianship, musicology, conducting, and pedagogy. This course is appropriate for college performance majors, K-12 music teachers, solfège instructors, choral conductors, church musicians, supervisors and arts administrators.

KMI offers two Certificates, the Standard Certificate and the Certificate with Distinction. The Certificate with Distinction is required for anyone going on to earn a Master of Education with Kodály Music Emphasis from Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA.

The KMI Music Teaching Certificates exceed the requirements and are nationally endorsed by the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) and internationally recognized by the International Kodály Society (IKS.)

18 Credits fulfilling Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) requirements

Levels I, II, III each comprise 6 Graduate Credits. When you register for a Level, you will be automatically enrolled in all 5 courses.

  • Pedagogy, Materials, Song Collection: 2 Graduate Credits or 45 PDPs

  • Solfège: 1 Graduate Credit or 22.5 PDPs

  • Conducting: 1 Graduate Credit or 22.5 PDPs

  • Repertoire and Strategies: 1 Graduate Credit or 22.5 PDPs

  • KMI Choir: 1 Graduate Credit or 22.5 PDPs

Classes meet daily July 1-19, 2019 No classes on July 4!

All participants new to Level I, II, III must send a resumé and unofficial transcripts to kodalymusicinstitute@gmail.com

Fees:

  • Early Bird Prices below must be paid in full by May 31, 2019. After May 31, add $150 to the total cost.

  • Somerville Teachers and cohorts of 3 or more from the same district receive a discount of $300 for Level I, II, III. Contact us for the discount code.

  • Boston Area Kodály Educators (BAKE) members receive the Early Bird price even after May 31, 2019.

  • All Registrations must be accompanied with a $100 non-refundable registration fee which will be applied to the balance.

Level I Certificate Course
  • Tuition And Fees:

    • 6 Credits: $3,300

    • 135 PDPs: $2,400

  • KMI 500

  • 3-Week Certificate Course

  • Includes all classes, books and materials required for Level I

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Level II Certificate Course
  • Tuition And Fees:

    • 6 Credits: $3,300

    • 135 PDPs: $2,400

  • KMI 600

  • 3-Week Certificate Course

  • Includes all classes, books and materials required for Level II

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Level III Certificate Course
  • Tuition And Fees:

    • 6 Credits: $3,300

    • 135 PDPs: $2,400

  • KMI 700

  • 3-Week Certificate Course

  • Includes all classes, books and materials required for Level III

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LEVEL I COURSES

These courses are typically taken as a bundle to complete the Level Certification Course. However, if you would like to enroll in a class individually please email kodalymusicinstitute@gmail.com

 

Level I Pedagogy, Materials, Song Collection

  • KMI 509 2 Graduate Credits, 45 PDPs

  • Instructor: Stephen Buck

This course combines Kodály Pedagogy with the study of Music Materials. The underlying principle is to create a teaching sequence from carefully selected musical materials of high quality and developmental appropriateness.

Pedagogy: covers beginning concepts and elements for learners of all ages, and includes the development of tuneful singing, differentiated learning styles, readiness concepts, and beginning stages of musical reading and writing of rhythmic and melodic elements and patterns. The pedagogical process includes preparation, presentation, and practice of specific elements and concepts, skill development, long and short-term planning, and the application of materials to any age student or teaching situation. Pedagogy incorporates the learning strands of the MA Arts Framework, authentic assessment practices in the arts, and observation of students in the Vocal Vacation choir camp music classes and rehearsals.

Music materials: Participants will learn 30 multi-ethnic songs that include simple playground songs, nursery rhymes, folk songs, singing games, dances, canons, and art music of many periods. Participants learn a diverse repertoire of activities and explore how this material supports student learning and musicality.

Thesis–Song Collection and Retrieval System: the capstone project of the Kodály Institute is begun in this course. Level I students learn songs and how to research, analyze, and catalogue the songs for use in the classroom.

 

Level I Solfège

  • KMI 508 1 Graduate Credit, 22.5 PDPs

  • Instructor: Katalín Virágh

The first course in the KMI solfège sequence includes Kodály-inspired ear training, development of sight singing, dictation, musical memory, conducting, and improvisation skills. Sight singing is developed through relative solmization and absolute letter names. Also developed will be the use of hand signs, stick notation, and standard staff notation. Included is a comprehensive study of the note groups and intervals of the pentatonic scale through listening, singing, reading, playing, analyzing and improvising. Rhythmic skill, part-work, and intonation are developed through movement and all activities listed above.

 

Level I Conducting

  • KMI 507 1 Graduate Credit, 22.5 PDPs

  • Instructor: Carol Forward

This course is an introductory choral conducting class. It will be a live choral laboratory during which each student conducts his/her peers. Each student will “warm-up” and rehearse the group. Through this process, the class will examine a variety of topics including: basic patterns, warm up and rehearsal techniques, interpretation of different musical styles.   Conducting culminates in a performance and laboratory during which each student conducts his/her peers and is adjudicated by the conducting faculty.

 

LEVEL II COURSES

These courses are typically taken as a bundle to complete the Level Certification Course. However, if you would like to enroll in a class individually please email kodalymusicinstitute@gmail.com

 

Level II Pedagogy, Materials, Song Collection

  • KMI 609 2 Graduate Credits, 45 PDPs

  • Instructor: TBA

This course continues to weave together Music Teaching Pedagogy with Music Materials.

Pedagogy: Thorough teacher preparation makes learning music not only more effective for children but a more joyful experience for all involved. This course will review and expand on the principles of the Kodály methodology; specifically the sequential teaching of music skills based upon the use of an organized body of music literature, starting from the folk tradition, as a foundation for musical literacy. Specific course topics include readiness techniques; the exploitation of different learning styles among children through the preparation, presentation, and practice of intermediate rhythmic and melodic concepts and elements; lesson planning firmly based on child development; short and long term planning; assessment; basic song leading; teaching chorus and recorder from a singing classroom perspective; and approaches to integrating state and national arts standards. Pedagogy class will observe Vocal Vacation choir camp music classes and choir rehearsals.

Music materials: Participants will learn approximately fifty songs and games from a multicultural folk tradition as well as some art music from the classical canon. Strategies for integrating movement and folk dance sequentially into music classes will be introduced, based on Education through Movement by Phyllis S. Weikart.

Song Collection and Retrieval System: known as the capstone project of the Kodály Institute is continued in this course. Participants will analyze and memorize songs, and begin to develop their music retrieval system.

Between Levels II and III: Video of a lesson using Kodály Pedagogy and Materials. In lieu of video, the participant may request to have a KMI mentor personally observe and document a lesson for an additional fee. This option is usually available only for local participants residing in New England and for people who work in a school or organization that does not allow videotaping of students, and will include additional fees for transportation costs of the mentor.

 

Level II Solfège

  • KMI 608 1 Graduate Credit, 22.5 PDPs

  • Instructor: Gábor Virágh

The second course in the solfège sequence includes Kodály-inspired sight-singing, dictation, transposition, analysis, improvisation and ear training through the medium of the human voice. Both movable “do” solmization and fixed, absolute letter names are used to develop relative and perfect pitch. Training begins with unison pentatonic, diatonic, and chromatic melodies and leads to complex modulating part-music. The class will practice the following skills: in-tune unison, solo and part singing, relative solmization, absolute pitch names, and rhythm names, pentatonic, diatonic major and minor and modal systems, sight-singing and musical memory, rhythmic, melodic and intervallic dictation, conducting, hand signs, chromaticism, G, F, and C clefs, modulations and harmonic progressions. Musical material includes folksongs through masterworks of all periods and styles, and includes many of Kodály’s composed exercises.

 

Level II Conducting

  • KMI 607 1 Graduate Credit, 22.5 PDPs

  • Instructor: David Hodgkins

This course is an intermediary choral conducting class. It will be a live choral laboratory during which each student conducts his/her peers. Each student will “warm-up” and rehearse the group. Through this process, the class will practice a variety of topics including: conducting patterns with complex meters, score preparation including phrasing and dynamics, vocal production through conducting gestures, advanced rehearsal techniques. Conducting culminates in a performance and laboratory during which each student conducts his/her peers and is adjudicated by the conducting faculty. In addition, the class will observe Vocal Vacation choir camp music classes and choir rehearsals.

 

LEVEL III COURSES

These courses are typically taken as a bundle to complete the Level Certification Course. However, if you would like to enroll in a class individually please email kodalymusicinstitute@gmail.com

 

Level III Pedagogy, Materials, Song Collection

  • KMI 709 2 Graduate Credits, 45 PDPs

  • Instructor: Charlyn Bethell

Pedagogy: This course will review and expand upon the principles of Kodály methodology—specifically the sequential teaching of music skills and the use of an organized body of music literature, including folk, jazz, multicultural, and classical, as a foundation for musical literacy—and provide pedagogical methods and materials for realizing these principles. Specific course topics include advanced rhythms (internal upbeats, external upbeats, various 16th note combinations, syncopation); half steps (fa and ti); presenting various scales (pentatonic, pentachord, hexachord, all diatonic modes and scales); altered tones (fi, si, ta); harmonic function of scale tones; intervals and interval inversions; triads and their inversions, seventh chords and their inversions. Other topics may include curriculum planning for the school, discussion of outlining musical elements; pacing of the year through units of study and individual lessons; and judging readiness of classes to move on to new element(s) and concepts. Observation of the Vocal Vacation camp’s children’s solfège classes and choir rehearsals is part of pedagogy.

Music materials: Participants will learn approximately fifty songs and games from multicultural American and world music folk traditions, jazz, and art music from the Western classical tradition.

Thesis–Song Collection and Retrieval System: Capstone project of an annotated Song Collection and Retrieval System Data Base for the Certificate with Distinction, exit examinations, Conducting and Pedagogy Labs.

 

Level III Solfège

  • KMI 708 1 Graduate Credit, 22.5 PDPs

  • Instructor: Gábor Virágh

The third course in the solfège sequence includes Kodály-inspired ear training and sight singing. Listening and performing skills will be developed using pentatonic, modal, diatonic, and chromatic excerpts from the music literature. Course work will include basic teaching techniques and activities used in Kodály instruction. Each area of instruction listed below will include sight singing, performance drills, and the acquisition of recognition/dictation skills.

Rhythmic work will include a review and more difficult work in simple and compound meters with conducting, syncopation, asymmetric and changing meters. Melodic work will include a continuation of pentatonic, major and minor scales and intervals.

Church modes, melodies with chromatic alterations as non-harmonic tones, secondary chord functions, and as modal mixture along with an introduction to twentieth-century melodic idioms will be included in Level III Solfège.

Harmonic work will include cadences and more elaborate chord progressions, seventh chords in root position and inversions, secondary dominants and secondary sevenths chords, modal mixture chords and an introduction to the Neapolitan-sixth chord and augmented-sixth chords.

Pedagogical tools will include further hand-sign work, two-part hand-sign technique, memorization of two- and three-part canons, use of different modal sol-fa system, modulation: sol-fa changing strategies, The course features many games, activities, and exercises to promote memory, coordination, inner hearing, and accurate intonation.

 

Level III Conducting

  • KMI 707 1 Graduate Credit, 22.5 PDPs

  • Instructor: David Hodgkins

This course is an advanced choral conducting class. Each student conducts his/her peers and is adjudicated by the conducting faculty. Topics include review of how to prepare and memorize a score, correct conducting patterns in 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 plus more complex meters (5/4, 7/4, 6 – French and German, 9 and 12), proper choral conducting techniques and body stance, interpretation of unison and part music in different styles, and rehearsal techniques. Cues and cut offs will be integrated with dynamics, left hand independence will be developed as will use of baton and creating an ictus without a baton. Each participant will conduct the adult choir in pieces equal to level of difficulty of Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb as a final exam. Constructive feedback will be given to each participant as to the next steps needed in their development as a conductor.

The course includes observation of students in Vocal Vacation singing camp and culminates in a performance and laboratory during which each student conducts his/her peers and is adjudicated by the conducting faculty.

 

ADDITIONAL PLENARY SESSIONS required for those enrolled in Levels I, II, III

 

Repertoire & Strategies

  • KMI 511 1 Graduate Credit, 22.5 PDPs

  • Dates: July 16-19, 2019

  • Instructor: Dr. Jill Trinka

Through active music-making and examination of performance practice and historical context of folk songs, singing games, play parties, ballads, canons, and developmentally and musically appropriate art music, participants in this course will:

  • learn a wide range of repertoire

  • experience activities designed to develop music literacy skills

  • create and share activities addressing a particular rhythmic or melodic concept, element, or figure.

 

Kodály Music Institute Choir

  • KMI 512 1 Graduate Credit, 22.5 PDPs

  • Dates and Times: July 1-12, 2019

  • Conductor: David Hodgkins

All Institute participants attend daily choir rehearsals and perform in the Gala Concert. The repertoire is varied and will provide a wonderful opportunity to learn to prepare and present a concert set.  Institute participants will also perform with the students in the Sing! in Somerville Choir Program.

 

LEVEL IV & POST-CERTIFICATE COURSES

Prerequisite: Completion of Kodály Music Institute Level III or similar experience.

These can be found on our Summer Professional Development page