Certificate of Professional Practice

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UPDATE: March 2020

Message from the BKA Trustees, Monday, March 30th 2020

Due to the necessary cancellation of the Summer School 2020, the new Certificate Course will now be launched in 2021, instead of August 2020.

We will contact all current (2019-20) Certificate Course students with an update, but work is in progress to proceed with tuition and assessments online so that the course may be completed this year if at all possible.

Melanie Cossins Certification Quote

The British Kodály Academy is currently offering a CPD-accredited Certificate of Professional Practice in the Kodály Concept of Music Education.

The course is being re-structured for 2020 – details to follow

Below are the details for our 2019-2020 Certificate courses

2019 – 2020

Certificate Course, Level 1Primary strand

This course is designed for those with prior musical training. Students may have prior experience of the Kodály approach but this is not essential.
(For those with no previous musical knowledge we also offer a Foundation Certificate Course: http://kodaly.org.uk/foundation-course/)

The Certificate Course, Level 2Primary strand

This course is for students who have completed Level 1.

In 2019 – 2020 all certified courses will run in their current form but, for the future, we are planning a more modular approach to allow more flexibility.

For 2019/20 applicants, the Level 1 and Level 2 courses will commence at the Summer School 2019

To apply, please book via the Summer School booking link (https://forms.gle/gBZv5wxNNsjSHzTZ6)  and then select the Certification option.

2019/20 fees can be downloaded here
Certificate Course fees_2019-2020

For further queries please contact Lucinda Geoghegan: education@kodaly.org.uk

Level 1 is commensurate with our previous HE1 Springboard course (i.e. roughly first-year undergraduate level) and Level 2 is commensurate with our previous HE3 Springboard course (i.e. roughly third-year undergraduate level).

Len Tyler Certification Quote

Level One

Level One will comprise:

Musicianship – approx. 20 hours
Methodology – approx. 10 hours
Teaching Techniques – approx. 6 hours
Repertoire/Song Analysis – approx. 6 hours
Conducting – approx. 6 hours plus 11 hours choir attendance
Kodály Philosophy (Level 1 only) – mostly self-study

At Level One students may opt for one of the following strands:
Early Childhood; Primary; Secondary; Instrumental. (N.B. only the Primary strand will be offered in 2019-20)

The course will be divided into two halves. Students may undertake just Part 1 in one academic year, and complete Part 2 in a subsequent academic year.

Part 1: Summer School (Nottingham University, August 12th to 18th, 2019) and Study Weekend (Royal Russell School, Croydon, October 26th/27th))
Part 2: 3 day course (April 15th to 18th, venue tbc) and Study/Assessment Weekend (Royal Russell School, Croydon, June 6th/7th))
It is essential that students attend all these designated study periods.

Ben Westley Certification

Each half of the course will contain assessment tasks. Upon successful completion of these tasks the student will gain credits towards the final qualification. Some tasks are written and some are practical. Successful completion of the Level One Certificate will be dependent on the attainment of a Level 4 musicianship assessment. The musicianship assessments will be available at two points during the year. NB The certificate course does not include additional training that some students may require to attain the appropriate level of musicianship.

Level Two

The Level Two Certificate course will be offered to those with several years of experience of Kodály training and teaching who have attained Level 4 Musicianship skills or higher. The successful completion of Level Two will include the attainment of a Level 8 Musicianship Assessment (Level 10 for Secondary).

For 2019/20 applicants, the Level Two course will commence at the Summer School 2019 (August 12th to 18th, 2019).

Level Two Methodology will include:

The process of teaching any new musical element

  • how to collect and sequence songs for teaching a new musical element
  • how and why to associate kinaesthetic and visual experiences to the auditive ones in the preparatory phase
  • the role of singing-games in the teaching of any new musical element
  • how to associate name, sound and symbol in the practising phase
  • how to develop different musical skills (including musical hearing, sight-reading, musical writing and creativity) while reinforcing and deepening the new musical element

Music listening: Developing attentive listening skills with the aid of movementGillian Earl Certification

  • games for teaching how to be in a quiet and listening mood
  • the role of song-teaching by rote through conscious observation in the development of attentive music listening
  • music listening examples to develop the sense of beat, metre and form through associated movements
  • music listening examples for experiencing and differentiating timbres, dynamics, tempi, characters etc.

Development of polyphonic sense

  • how to guide children from the simplest rhythm or melodic conversation to the singing of bicinia

Upon enrolment, students will receive the student handbook which details all aspects of the course.

For further queries please contact Lucinda Geoghegan: education@kodaly.org.uk

“It is essential that the material used should be musically attractive. If children do not look forward with thrilled expectation to the music lesson, no result is to be hoped for; if they do not feel refreshed and full of joy, all labour is lost.” Zoltán Kodály