Online Summer Sessions – Moving Forward with Kodály

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BKA Summer School 2021
BKA Summer School 2021

Join the BKA in a series of online sessions, topics to include Choral; Active Listening; Movement; Early Years, Primary and Secondary Methodology and more.

The cost per individual session is £7.50. Please select the sessions you wish to book; there are three each day and you may book any number.  


Sessions will run at 9:30am, 12:00pm and 2:30pm every day. (Each session lasts for 60 mins.)

N.B. Opening session (Monday 16th August) starts at 9.00am and lasts for 90 mins.

Sessions will not be available afterwards so please ensure you are able to watch your booked sessions when they are timetabled.

View the full timetable here.


Progression in the Model Music Curriculum  – The Kodály Way

Rebecca Berkley and Lucinda Geoghegan (Monday 16th August at 12.00 noon)

In these workshops Rebecca and Lucinda will give a combination of interactive ideas which will form “a sample lesson” and will show how Kodály inspired music education can support the New Model Music Curriculum. The Kodály approach to music is child- friendly, well structured,  and at the heart of the philosophy is the belief that high quality music education is for all – not just for the musically talented. The progression which is at the very heart of this approach is also at the centre of the New Model Curriculum 


Pete Churchhill (Tuesday 17th August at 2.30pm)

We live in a world where people would rather ‘sing along’ than ‘sing’ and where movement too is similarly passive – something we only do in response to music. This session is about moving in a way that informs your music making.

Movement and music, the dance and the song, are inseparable and singing together should be about connecting the body and the text. If we learn to move well (if our body is our metronome!) then we will be ready to explore the rhythm of the words and to rediscover the phonetic power of our own language… get the ‘sound’ right and the meaning will follow. This workshop will focus on learning by ear and developing the memory. By using all our faculties and exploring all our different kinds of memory we can learn an astonishing amount of material in a very short time. Beginning with good strong rhythmic unison singing we will build up harmony parts The aim is to do things in the right order.

First connect the rhythm of the body with the rhythm of the lyric. Then once the words are secure (safely in our syllabic memory) we are ready for melody. Harmony must be the icing on the cake – only introduced once glorious rhythmic unison singing has been established. So come and prove you groove!

More information about Pete Churchill can be found here

Rhythm and Flow in the Musicianship Class

Andrew Davidson (Thursday 19th August at 9.30am)

Sometimes our music lessons get caught up in the mechanics of “what” we teach with less attention paid to “why” and “how” we teach it. This workshop offers physical, vocal, and improvisatory strategies to encourage musicality and rhythmic flow in our teaching. Combining principles from Dalcroze and Kodály, the session will explore ways to inspire spontaneity and expression using the simplest of teaching techniques.

Andrew Davidson is an Australian musician and theatre practitioner based in London. He is a qualified teacher of Dalcroze Eurhythmics (Longy School of Music, USA) and the Kodály Concept of Music Education (BKA). Andrew has taught music and drama at all levels and has presented at conferences and workshops internationally. He is a Teaching Fellow in Acting and Musical Theatre at Guildford School of Acting (GSA), University of Surrey.

The riddle of the middle: Unravelling the mystery of the mixed voice

Allan Hubert-Wright (Wednesday 18th August at 14.30)

In this session we’ll discuss the very mysterious mixed voice. We’ll look at the history of register terminology, state our case in favour of the use of the term ‘mix’ and see what current science says about the matter. 

We’ll define what makes up a register and figure out what may be able to blend or mix and how we might be able to do it. The session will end with simple, practical tips for exploring mixed voice singing in your own voice. 

Any course questions, contact Lucinda Geoghegan on or financial questions, contact John Oliver on