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:

  • Pedagogy, Materials, Song Collection: 2 Graduate Credits or 30 hours
  • Solfège: 1 Graduate Credit or 18 hours
  • Conducting: 1 Graduate Credit or 15 hours
  • Repertoire and Strategies: 1 Graduate Credit or 15 hours
  • KMI Choir: 1 Graduate Credit or 15 hours
 

LEVEL I COURSES

 

Level I Pedagogy, Materials, Song Collection

  • KMI 509 2 Graduate Credits, 30 hrs
  • 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, 18 hrs
  • 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, 15 hrs
  • Instructor: Jonathan Rappaport

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

 

Level II Pedagogy, Materials, Song Collection

  • KMI 609 2 Graduate Credits, 30 hrs
  • Instructor: Carol Forward

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, 18 hrs
  • 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, 15 hrs
  • 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

 

Level III Pedagogy, Materials, Song Collection

  • KMI 709 2 Graduate Credits, 25 hrs
  • 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, 18 hrs
  • 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, 15 hrs
  • 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.

 

LEVEL IV & POST-CERTIFICATE COURSES

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

 

Level IV Thesis:

Annotated Song Collection & Research for Curriculum Development

  • KMI 800 2 Graduate Credits, 30
  • Instructor: Jonathan Rappaport

Annotated Song Collection for those wishing to earn a Certificate with Distinction who did not finish the Song Collection during the Level III year.  This course will be primarily an independent-study project under the supervision of one of Kodály Music Institute's master instructors. Class members will work with the instructor and classmates both in individual and group settings weekly, with the bulk of the work being accomplished independently. The goal of the course is to develop a personal song collection and retrieval system that will enable a teacher to quickly access applicable teaching materials for nearly any element, concept, or skill area. The Annotated Song Collection is a requirement for completion of the Kodály Music Certificate. Post-certificate students may use this as research and curriculum development course to create a new body of work for their own teaching and support their own situations and interests.

 

Post-Certificate: Pedagogy

  • KMI 809 1 Graduate Credit, 15 hrs
  • Dates: 2018 TBA
  • Instructor: TBA

Designed for those who wish to expand their annotated song collections and retrieval systems, this mentored independent study course includes research into any musical areas of interest to the participant. This course goes beyond the regular Level III experience by creating a focused song collection with strategies for teaching. Students will have the opportunity to observe Kodály Music Institute Pedagogy and Vocal Vacation students’ solfège classes and choir rehearsals.

 

Post-Certificate: Solfège

  • KMI 808 1 Graduate Credit, 18 hrs
  • Dates: 2018 TBA
  • Instructor: Gábor Virágh

Designed for those who just can’t stop studying solfège! Post Certificate solfège expands beyond regular Level III experiences focusing on chromaticism, harmonic progressions, multiple clefs, and music so beautiful it makes you weak in the knees. This option is for those have earned a Kodály Music Teaching Certificate but is open to others who already have very strong moveable “do” solfège sight-singing skills.

 

Post-Certificate: Conducting

  • KMI 807 1 Graduate Credit, 15 hrs
  • Dates: 2018 TBA
  • Times: scheduled between 1:00 and 3:30 pm
  • Instructor: David Hodgkins

Designed for those who just can’t stop studying conducting!  Post-Certificate conducting expands beyond regular Level III experiences focusing on complex meters, score preparation, more complex use of ambidexterity in conducting practices, and memorization of scores.

 

PLENARY SESSIONS for those enrolled in Levels I, II, III (Optional Level IV)

 

Music & Special Needs Repertoire & Strategies

  • KMI 511 1 Graduate Credit, 15 hrs
  • Dates: July 2, 3, 5, 6, 2018
  • Instructor: Dr. Alice Hammel

Course Description: The music classroom is an inherently inclusive and cooperative environment. Meeting the needs of students with special needs, however, requires a specific set of skills, dispositions, and experiences to appropriately adapt and modify instruction. Enhancing the inclusive and cooperative possibilities in the music classroom while meeting the needs of all students is a challenging, yet exhilarating possibility. This course will focus on identifying areas of strength and challenge in students with differences, advocating for the appropriate classroom environment for all students, and the creation of adaptations and accommodations for students in inclusive and self-contained music classrooms.

 

Kodály Music Institute Choir

  • KMI 512 1 Graduate Credit, 17 hrs
  • Conductor: David Hodgkins

All Institute participants attend daily choir rehearsals and perform in the final 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 Kodály Vocal Vacation Choir Camp.