Methodology

Four strands of methodology will be offered on this year’s Summer School: Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary and Instrumental – ZeneZen.

What is methodology?

This is the Oxford Dictionary definition: “a set of methods and principles used to perform a particular activity”. It sounds a bit dry.

Absorbing and understanding Kodály’s ideas and philosophy and infusing them into your own teaching can be a long journey, but it’s an exciting one to undertake; full of discovery and ultimately rewarding and enriching for both you and your pupils…..it’s anything but dry.

What is the most important quality for a music teacher to have?

Katalin Körtvési: ” Have a well-trained heart. Teach with your personality and with your passion!”

Kodály himself never wanted his principles enshrined in a single ‘method’ or ‘tutor’ to be religiously followed, but there’s a strong consensus on Kodály principles.

Judith Brindle: ‘When I use the word I mean a singing- based curriculum, progressing from the simplest to the most advanced musicianship, building up a carefully-selected repertoire of songs, through which you teach pulse, rhythm, pitch, expressive elements, musical structure and, ultimately, harmony.’

And these are the words of Zoltán Kodály:

“Teach music and singing at school in such a way that it is not a torture but a joy for the pupil; instil a thirst for finer music……., a thirst which will last for a lifetime”.

“Often a single experience will open the young soul to music for a whole lifetime:

“The characteristics of a good musician can be summarised as follows: 1. A well-trained ear. 2. A well-trained intelligence. 3. A well-trained heart. 4. A well-trained hand. All four must develop together, in constant equilibrium”

 

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