Spring Course Warm ups and Vocal Lessons

The Modern Singer Technique (TCM in French) approach, created by Allan Hubert-Wright, is a vocal pedagogy based on the physiological and acoustic function of the voice. It allows singers and other voice users to better balance and understand their instrument – and thus make better (and more healthy) use of it.

Singing lessons: Allan will be giving individual singing lessons throughout the week.

If you have booked a lesson, please choose some pieces you would like to work with, in any style or genre (simple folk-song, musical theatre, jazz, classical etc.), and bring two copies of each piece.

Daily Warm-ups: Think you can lie-in in the morning? If you do you will be missing Allan’s fantastic warm-up sessions to set you up for the day ahead. Do your voice a favour!

For more information about Allan’s work, see his website: http://www.chanteurmoderne.com/ 

Spring Course Special Topics and Workshops

Whatever your involvement in music, we hope that we can provide classes to suit you. Here are some of the afternoon workshop options and special methodology topics on offer this Spring:


Session 2,Wednesday to Friday

Tutor: Kata Körtvési


Session 1, Thursday to Saturday

Tutor: Árpád Tóth

3.WHAT IS MOVEMENT? Why is it the perfect partner to singing? How do we do it well?

Session 3, Wednesday & Thursday (2 sessions)

Tutor: Nikhil Dally

3. VOCAL WORKSHOP (The power of the Vowel or Voice balancing tbc)

Session 3, Friday

Tutor: Allan Hubert-Wright



This will be incorporated into the Session 1 methodology session on Thursday.

Tutor: Nikhil Dally


Thursday, Session 3

Tutor: Anne Wilkins


Friday, Session 3

Tutor: Lucy Clement-Evans




Emma Ede

Emma Ede trained as a Primary Teacher with a specialism in Geography. After teaching for 11 years, she was asked to teach music across the school. Research led her to finding out about the Kodály approach, and Emma completed the BKA level 1 certificate course in 2014. She now teaches 350 pupils a week, from ages 4-11. She produces large scale productions for local schools, and is currently working on Annie Jr. with her Y6s.

Emma teaches across the primary sector, working alongside Sheffield Music Hub to deliver workshops in using songs to teach the music curriculum. She also runs a successful choir who were selected to perform as part of the Music for Youth National Festival in 2018.

Emma loves finding new ways to engage pupils in music, including adapting traditional teaching technology to fit a Kodály classroom.

Lynne Clark

Lynne Clark is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music. She first worked as a freelance violinist and instrumental teacher before becoming a full time teacher.

In 1997 Lynne gained her Master of Education degree through Nottingham University and was also awarded the Certificate of Kodály Music Education with distinction.

As Head of Music in Lady Manners School, Bakewell, Lynne re-wrote the Key Stage 3 Scheme of Work to incorporate Kodály’s approach into all aspects of the music curriculum, eventually underpinning all the aural components of the A Level course.

Until recently Lynne worked for Derby & Derbyshire Music Partnership as Leader of Music Development for NE Derbyshire.  She took the lead in introducing Kodály-based musicianship into all the whole-class Wider Opportunities programmes through professional development days and short courses.

Since 2017 Lynne has tutored musicianship and instrumental methodology on the NYCoS summer schools and is looking forward to returning this year.

As principal conductor of The Derbyshire Singers for more than twenty years, she has worked in close collaboration with contemporary composers including Paul Patterson, Elis Pehkonen and the late David Fanshawe.

Methodology 2020

Teach music and singing at school in such a way that it is not a torture but a joy for the pupil; instill a thirst for finer music in him, a thirst which will last for a lifetime. - Zoltan Kodaly

Four strands of methodology will be offered on this year’s Summer School: Early Childhood, Primary 1, Primary 2, and Secondary/Instrumental (see descriptions below).

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.’

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


Early Childhood (Tutor: Ben Lawrence). This course will focus on children’s first experiences of music through simple songs, games and story-telling.

Primary 1 (Tutor: Sally Leeming): the first steps. This will be a programme for those beginning to teach according to Kodály principles. It will look mainly at repertoire and activities suitable for ages 5-7 but will also consider starting with older Primary-age beginners. This course is for those following the General Course timetable and is a requirement for the Certificate Course Level 1.

Primary 2 (Tutor: Bori Szirányi): a continuation programme. This programme is for those with experience of teaching according to Kodály principles and will focus on the next steps for ages 7+. The course is for experienced practitioners following the General Course timetable and is a requirement for the Certificate Course, Level 2. NB. Please note that there will be two sessions each day (Sessions 1 and 3 in the afternoon): please do not choose other options for Session 3.

Secondary/Instrumental (Tutor: James Cuskelly). This course will look at ways of integrating Kodaly’s philosophy into a Secondary School music curriculum.  There will be opportunities to explore the sequences and elements of musicianship, to develop aural skills and awareness and apply these in listening, performing (including whole class instrumental work) and composing.


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