Kodály 4 All

Fleet, Hampshire

Two twilight sessions (4 – 6.30) on the application of the Kodály principles to classroom music teaching (Early Childhood and Primary – easily adapted for instrumental use)

Tutor: Len Tyler

Location: Court Moor School, Spring Woods, Fleet, GU52 7RY

Part 1: Wednesday 11th January 2017 from 16:00 to 18:30
Part 2: Wednesday 18th January 2017 from 16:00 to 18:30
Single session attendance by arrangement. Priority give to those attending both sessions.

Who is this workshop for?
Anyone interested in classroom music teaching (preschool and primary). There is no need to be a music reader. This workshop is also suitable for instrumental teachers who want learn the Kodaly principles. Very useful for “whole class” teaching.

What will the workshop include?

  • Use of the basic Kodaly principles
  • Lots of songs, routines, and handouts
  • Examples of easy to produce resources
  • Loads of practical ideas (all tried and tested)

Comments from previous delegates

  • Everything was marvelous and extremely useful
  • All very exciting as my first experience of music teacher training. Loved the practical exercises
  • Having done pre-school music for the last 10 years, and being a professional musician there were surprisingly quite a few things that I hadn’t thought about
  • So many great ideas. It was all useful to me
  • Len was excellent in how he explained the course. Good to listen to and very precise. I enjoyed it immensely.
  • I found Len very inspiring and helpful.

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To register your interest or book a place
Contact: Theresa
Email: enquiry@lentylermusicschool.co.uk
Phone: 01276 504666

This workshop has been set up specifically to support classroom teachers in preschools and primary schools in Fleet (Hants) and the surrounding area and is open to all in both the state and private sector. While there is no need to be a music reader to attend this workshop there will be plenty for the music specialist. As the Kodály principles are easy to see in early years and primary this workshop is ideal for any instrumental teacher wanting to find out how this approach works. The composer Zoltán Kodály (1882 – 1967) discovered that music education in his native Hungary was not good, and certainly not as he had personally experienced music as a child. As a result he set out to improve things by seeking out “best practice” around Europe while travelling as a professional musician/composer. It was in 1964 that the Incorporated Society of Music Educators held their annual conference in Budapest. At that event the world saw for the first time the great benefits of music the education system in Hungary. There are now Kodály organisations in many countries including USA, Canada, Australia, UK and of course Hungary.

Ralph Allwood MBE

Ralph Allwood MBE was for 26 years Director of Music at Eton College and is now a freelance choral director. He is the Director of the Eton Choral Courses, which he founded in 1980. Seven thousand 16 to 20 year olds have been students on courses over the last thirty-five years. He co-founded the Junior Choral Courses in 2012, and is now planning courses in Shanghai, Melbourne and Greenwich, Connecticut. The Rodolfus choir, made up of the best singers from the courses, has been described as ‘unspeakably beautiful’ by Gramophone. It has produced over 20 CDs.

Ralph is a founder and conductor of Inner Voices, a choir made up of singers from state schools in London. He has conducted choirs for 40 live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, is a judge for the Llangollen Eisteddfod and Cork International Choral Competition and has written much music heard worldwide on radio and television.

Ralph adjudicates the Llangollen Eisteddfod and the Cork International Choral Competition. He is a Fellow Commoner advising in music at Music at Queens’ College, Cambridge, and an Honorary Fellow of University College, Durham. He is Choral Advisor to Novello, Wellington College and Trinity College, Oxford. He teaches at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and at his old school, Tiffin.

In 2012 Ralph was awarded a Doctorate of Music by Aberdeen University. He was made MBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours list.

Jacqueline Vann

Jacqueline VannDalcroze: using movement in Aural Training
Jacqueline’s afternoon workshop at the Kodály Summer School 2017

This session will look at some of the ways movement is used within the context of an aural training session. Sometimes as an expressive tool, sometimes as a quick reaction game, sometimes as a means of engaging more with the music and sometimes to show the music in space. The class will include games and exercises to do with melody, intervals, chords, harmony and much more.

About Dalcroze: Exploring the language of music through movement
From pulse to rhythm, bar time to phrasing, form and structure the language of music can be explored creatively through movement. There are many benefits to doing this:
– the body learns to feel the music and becomes a musical instrument in itself
– we learn how to use the body effectively
– because we learn to feel music more deeply this helps us when we perform
– we learn many additional skills such as reacting quickly, being well coordinated, learning to actively listen
– we work on our own and in pairs and as a group and learn to cooperate and communicate well
It is a way of learning music that has great value for young and old, amateur and professional, singers and players and much more.

Jacqueline Vann studied Dalcroze Eurhythmics at the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva from 1994 to 1997. She is Deputy Director of Studies in the UK and is also responsible for the Dalcroze children’s examinations. She is a freelance Dalcroze teacher working with adults, seniors, musicians and non-musicians, children of all ages as well as those with Specific Learning Difficulties. She teaches regularly on the Dalcroze International Summer School and Easter Course as well as the UK’s Foundation, Intermediate, Certificate and Licence training courses.
She gives regular Dalcroze workshops around the country and has taught in Italy, Norway, Denmark, Japan, Hong Kong, Canada, South Korea and Australia.

In 2013, to celebrate the centenary of the London School of Dalcroze Eurhythmics, she gave two papers at the first International Conference of Dalcroze Studies – one on the Dalcroze Children’s Exams and another on the benefits of using Dalcroze to teach children with Specific Learning Difficulties.

Jacqueline now lives in the South West of England. She teaches with Exeter Young Strings, JUTP Music and is currently setting up Dalcroze training at the University of Exeter. She lives on Dartmoor where she also breeds sheep, keeps chickens and pursues another of her passions – horse riding.

Claire McCue

Claire McCue

Take time to breathe
Claire’s afternoon workshop at the Kodály Summer School 2017

On a ten day BKA course, when there will be so much to take in, take time out in this gentle movement and relaxation session. Through mindful movement, simple stretches to ease tight muscles, breathing, and the chance to simply relax and re-focus, you will also be able to take away some more ideas for relaxation through movement, mindfulness, music and meditation for the future.

Claire McCue is a composer, piano teacher and music educator based in Glasgow, also with a background and qualification in Dance teaching, the result of a much-loved hobby. After a “slight diversion” by way of a BSC(Hons) in Maths, Statistics and Management Science, she studied for a BA in Applied Music at Strathclyde University then, after a few years teaching (and discovering Kodaly!), gained a Masters in Composition (Distinction) from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The Kodaly journey has never stopped since, nor has the composition or love of dance and use of movement in her teaching.

Claire delivers regular musicianship sessions across a range of ages for the RCS Junior Conservatoire and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Junior Chorus and has co-led an early years training programme for nurseries and Youth Music Initiative tutors for YMI Falkirk Council over the last two years. She teaches piano for RCS early years and privately, and does some workshops for the National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCoS).

Her compositions and collaborations have won various prizes, been broadcast on BBC radio 3 and performed internationally, and recently she enjoyed combining composition/education worlds in writing some new pentatonic songs for NYCoS. She looks forward to meeting new and familiar faces at the next BKA Summer School.


Florent Isoard

Florent IsoardFlorent studied for three years in a jazz school in the South of France. The singing lessons left him hungry for more accurate answers though – and then he discovered Allan Wright.

He liked Allan’s teaching so much that he has been working with him for almost ten years, getting his certificate as an associate teacher along the way.  Florent now teaches in music schools, as well as in individual lessons and workshops, all around France.

He specialises in pop music (he is a pop singer) but teaches singers in many other musical genres.

Feldenkrais at the BKA Summer School

Andrea Hallam talks about Feldenkrais
Andrea will be leading two practical sessions on Feldenkrais at the BKA Summer School 2016.

I always have trouble saying what Feldenkrais “is” (I wish I could put it shortly and succinctly!).

Basically, it’s using movement as a tool to heighten awareness. Its effects are potentially far-reaching and profound, as written about so beautifully by Norman Doidge in his new book. (Feldenkrais people say that it’s the best writing on Feldenkrais there is).

Would it be OK if I tell you about my encounter with it…something of what the Feldenkrais Method is to me personally?

I originally came to Feldenkrais through a back problem. After months of physiotherapy and expert care at one of the best clinics in NYC, the experts admitted there was nothing more they could do and recommended Feldenkrais “because it addresses the nervous system”. Long story short, after the very first lesson, when I didn’t have the faintest clue about what it was, if I was “doing it right”, I felt immense relief. I continued and the more I did, the better I felt, especially my back which had become a kind of obsession by then.

I soon noticed another very welcome and surprising effect…it improved my violin playing immensely!! I felt a visceral, physical pleasure and ease that I had never known. I also became much more creative in my practice, coming up with all sorts of new ideas no teacher had ever taught me. As long as I did a Feldenkrais lesson before I played, I was (still am) guaranteed to have a rewarding, creative, productive practice session. It just became so fun!

Last season the manager of the contemporary music group I play with in Israel offered me a solo on viola by the Argentinian composer Matalon. I immediately agreed. When the score arrived I nearly had a heart attack! It was BY FAR the most technically difficult piece I had ever taken on- 40 minutes of unbroken, solo, virtuosic writing, on VIOLA! (I’ve played a lot of the major violin and chamber music repertoire and this was another story). It also included extra-musical, coordination demands such as co-ordinating the music with a silent documentary film by Luis Bunuel with subtitle cues in French and using a foot pedal for electronic effects.

If it wasn’t for Feldenkrais I have no idea how I would have done it!

Feldenkrais gave me a way of working, of “organic learning”, that helped me every step of the way. I promised myself I would feel no stress, keep everything easy. If I detected the slightest change in quality in my work (stress) I would take a different approach. I found innovative ways to build it up gradually and in the end, the performance was a great success- all with minimum stress! It was definitely a first for me and showed me what’s possible.

I still do a Feldenkrais lesson every day if I can. It has such a spurring effect on my work and everything I do, including parenting. I’ve definitely learned more about violin playing from Feldenkrais than any of my teachers, great though they were. There’s just no substitute for feeling it yourself and that kind of integration that’s only possible through this kind of learning, which is in common with Kodály’s method. “Listen” is the key verb used throughout an ATM. It’s another way to train listening.

Here is a link to a TED talk by a fellow student, Dorit, from my training, with some footage of our teacher, Eilat Almagor working with a toddler. I find it a cute and inspiring presentation:

A Feldenkrais Lesson for the Beginner Scientist: Professor Dorit Aharonov at TEDxJaffa

As many of us spend a great deal of time sitting, either as professional musicians, working at a computer or travelling, I think these lessons can be directly relevant to everybody.

Sarolta Platthy

Sarolta PlatthySarolta Platthy graduated from the Liszt Academy of Music with distinction, majoring in Choral Conducting and Music Education.

She went on to teach at a Music Primary School in Budapest from 1971 to 1991, where she taught all levels. She also founded and conducted the school choir.

As a master teacher, from 1984 she tutored students of the Liszt Academy in Methodology during their teaching practice.

Sarolta has been on the faculty of the Kodály Institute, Kecskemét since 1991, teaching Solfege, Music Theory and Methodology. Between 1998 and 2006 she taught classes (age 10-14) in the school of the Hungarian Radio Children’s Choir.

For the last thirty-five years Sarolta has given lectures, led workshops and been instructor at several Kodály Summer Courses throughout the world including the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, South Korea, China, Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines. She was also a visiting professor in the Kodály Programme of the Holy Names University in Oakland, California in 1977 / 78 and in the autumn semester of 2000.

She is a co-author of the National Curriculum for Music Primary Schools (1997).

Teaching Musicianship through Singing, Movement and Dance – 25th to 27th July 2016

Weybridge, Surrey

A three-day course for teachers of children aged 2 to 8

Course tutors:
Nikhil Dally MACantab, CertAdvStudiesGSMD
Maureen Murphy ARAD, LISTD

Dates: Monday 25th July – Wednesday 27th July 2016
Location: Church Hall, Christ Prince of Peace, Portmore Way, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 8JD

Apply: http://www.dally.org.uk/TeachersCourseJuly2016.pdf

“A fabulous, well-structured and inspiring weekend… Imagination / story-telling / creativity from both tutors – both inspirational in their respective fields.
– Elaine McCartney, Kodály Cert. music teacher, Durham

Stepping Notes is a holistic, integrated, multi-sensory approach to music education, based upon the philosophies of Kodály, Jaques-Dalcroze and Géza Szilvay. The hallmarks of the Stepping Notes approach are:
(1) Movement and singing as the prime conduits for musical learning.
(2) Developing the inner ear.
(3) Feeling and understanding the inner life of music.
(4) Maintaining natural body flexibility and sensitivity.
(5) The judicious and sensitive use of high-quality musical instruments.
(6) The world of the imagination; this is where young children live.

“Prepared meticulously and delivered with expertise and joy. All material was very relevant and sequenced imaginatively… Inspirational, exceedingly useful & most enjoyable.”
– Sue Hamilton, Dalcroze Cert. pre-school music teacher, Surrey

This course is designed to help those who teach children aged 2 to 8 to develop their students’ musicianship through the voice and the body. We will concentrate on the following areas:
(1) using singing, movement and dance to help children to feel and understand:
pulse and rhythm, metre and phrasing, melody and harmony;
(2) teaching musical literacy using singing and movement;
(3) choosing and using children’s instruments in such a way as to preserve and enhance
their co-ordination and sense of rhythm.
Please come willing to remove your shoes and socks and work barefoot, on the floor, to sing, to play, to move and to dance (no previous dance experience required!)

Course fee: £180.00 if application received by 13th May
£ 195.00 if application received by 18th June
£ 210.00 thereafter
(N.B. £90.00 non-refundable deposit required upon booking)

“Fantastic practical ideas for the classroom. Nikhil’s passion and understanding of how to give children an intrinsic appreciation of music was inspirational.”
– Vicki Rogers, assistant head teacher, Berkshire

The course tutors:

Nikhil Dally received first-class honours in music from Cambridge University, and studied composition at the Guildhall School of Music. Nikhil founded the Stepping Notes Music School in 2000. He designed the Stepping Notes curriculum himself and teaches all classes, for children aged 2 to 8. The school now has about 100 students on its roll, and recently won the award for Best Local Activity with What’s On 4 Little Ones. Nikhil is increasingly in demand to lead workshops for teachers on the Stepping Notes approach. Recent engagements include a series of workshops at the Colourstrings International Summer School and the British Kodály Academy Summer School, a workshop for the Dalcroze Society Professional Development Day, a training session for teachers at the Len Tyler Music School, four INSET courses for Bracknell Forest primary school teachers, and a course for the Association of Early Childhood Educators of Singapore. Stepping Notes teachers’ courses are regularly over-subscribed.

Maureen Murphy is a holder of the Advanced Teachers Certificate of the Royal Academy of Dancing. She is also a Licentiate of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in Ballet, and an Associate in the National Dance branch. Maureen founded the Lester School of Dance in 1969 and has been its Principal ever since. She has taught dance at Broomfield House School since 1990. She has also taught at the London College of Dance and Drama, Kew Montessori School, and Ashton House School. She has studied Pilates body conditioning, Playford dance, Dalcroze eurhythmics, Alexander technique and Topf technique, and integrated these into her ballet teaching to produce a Holistic Approach to the Teaching of Dance. Maureen developed a Body Awareness programme for children which has been demonstrated several times at the Royal Academy of Dance, and her Music and Movement programme for children was demonstrated at the Dalcroze summer school in 1993.

Nikhil and Maureen have worked together since 1991. He has been one of her main musical collaborators. She, in turn, has inspired him to develop his methods of teaching music through movement. This is their sixth course together.

“Totally inspiring… Enjoyed having the stimulus of two course leaders – both excellent in their field… I can’t wait to incorporate some of these ideas into my practice.”
– Anne Porter, early-years music teacher, Gateshead

For further information, please contact:
Nikhil Dally
Winches Cottage, Church Road, Shepperton, Middx. TW17 9JT
E-mail: nikhil@dally.org.uk
Tel. 01932 241196
Website: www.dally.org.uk/steppingnotes

Music For Autism – 19th May 2016

Newhaven, East Sussex

Using Zoltán Kodály’s approach to music to address the communication and social understanding needs of autistic individuals.

Tutor: Andrew Haveron

Location: Hilcrest Community Centre, Hillcrest Road, Newhaven, East Sussex BN9 9LH

Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm

A practical, fun, informative and “non-intimidating” one day workshop – previous musical skills not required
This enjoyable workshop will aim to demonstrate the importance of using music to develop learners’ communication, social and musicianship skills regardless of their abilities and give you, the participants, lots of ideas to use in your respective settings.
It will make particular reference to the effectiveness of the method devised by the Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály, of unconscious learning, through the medium of traditional rhymes, songs and games and will cover the key areas of pulse, rhythm and pitch.
As well as giving an overview of autism, the course will refer to and illustrate the link between music and the key areas of development of the child and how music can be used to address “gaps” in stages of development.
By the end of the workshop, all participants should have more awareness of their own musical skills, understand the importance of choosing appropriate repertoire carefully for specific communication purposes, have a clear understanding of Kodály’s “process of learning” and feel confident in leading their own musical sessions in their respective settings.
Handouts will be available and there will be a Q&A session at the end.

Cost: £65

For more details or to register email haverona@yahoo.com

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About Andrew
Andrew is a an experienced and fully qualified teacher and a member of the British Kodály Academy. Having been Head of Music in mainstream comprehensives, he took a break to train in community arts with InterAction in Milton Keynes and then to work as a freelance musical director, performer and composer. On his return to teaching, he diversified to work as music coordinator in specialist ASD schools and is presently responsible for music at Northease Manor School in Sussex – a specialist school for students with dyslexia and associated learning needs.

Sam Lee Nominated for Folk Awards

The BKA are thrilled to report that one of our Kodály Spring Course 2016 Performers has been nominated for two awards at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016.Sam Lee

Sam Lee is no stranger to award nominations. His debut album Ground of its Own was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize for Album of the Year in 2012.

…a beautiful voice: a rich, sweet, rousing baritone with a soft grain and a tough edge that does justice to the sorrow and graft in these ballads. Crucially he makes the songs his own, delivering Scots, Welsh and Irish lyrics with straight-up English diction and subtly original inflections… The Guardian

The 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards see him nominated in two categories. Best Folk Singer and Best Traditional Track for Lovely Molly. He will also be performing at the awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall.

Congratulations Sam! We can’t wait to meet you and your songs on Tuesday 29th March.

If you would like to come and see Sam you can book a residential or day place at the Spring Course here.