The course serves as a foundation for the teaching philosophy and approaches of Hungarian music educator, Zoltán Kodály. Components of the course include: pedagogy, folksong literature, folksong analysis and retrieval, Solfège, conducting, and choir. This Level 2 course focuses on work with late beginner-level students yet participants may adapt this information to any music teaching situation. Students in this course:
- observe, practice, and refine teaching techniques in a laboratory setting of peers
- continue building their collection of authentic folksong literature appropriate and of strong quality for use in music instruction
- analyze music literature appropriate for a late-beginner music curriculum, including American folk music, traditional children's songs and games, folk music from other countries and cultures, and art music
- continue to augment their retrieval system so they can quickly and accurately select appropriate song literature for lesson planning
- develop their nonverbal communication skills in conducting by reviewing and strengthening conducting techniques and essential ensemble directing skills
- strengthen individual and ensemble musicianship skills through in-tune singing, excellent tone quality, internal hearing, partwork, and understanding of complex melodies and pieces of music
This course can be applied towards:
Dr. Bonnie Schaffhauser Jacobi is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Colorado State University. For twenty-one years, she has been a music education specialist teaching students of all ages throughout Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Texas. She has directed thirteen children’s choirs that have performed at professional venues such as the Houston Ballet, the Houston Symphony, and Miami City Ballet. In 2008, she founded the Meadows Community Youth Chorus in Dallas for elementary-aged children without music in their schools.
Dr. Jacobi holds music degrees from the University of Houston (D.M.A. in Music Education), the University of Texas at Austin (M.M. in Piano Performance), and Mount Holyoke College (B.A. in Music). Additionally, she holds Kodály Certification from Indiana University and McNeese State University and has completed rigorous training programs at Carnegie-Mellon University’s International Dalcroze Institute, The Juilliard School’s Abramson-Dalcroze Institute, the Dalcroze School of the Rockies and the TCU/Van Cliburn Piano Institute in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to her arrival at Colorado State, Dr. Jacobi taught on the faculties of Southern Methodist University and the University of Houston. With a strong background in classical dance, her research interests include musical gesture, musical expression, and the teaching of Emile Jaques-Dalcroze. She has published articles in American Music Teacher, Southwestern Musician, Texas Music Teacher, the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, General Music Today, the Kodály Envoy, and Music Educators Journal, and presents actively as a clinician and lecture-recitalist.
At CSU, Dr. Jacobi teaches undergraduate and graduate coursework in Music Education, oversees the Colorado Kodály Institute, and serves as a faculty advisor for CSU’s Collegiate MENC Chapter.