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. The Level 1 course focuses on work with beginning 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 and children
- build a collection of authentic folksong literature appropriate and of strong quality for use in music instruction
- analyze music literature appropriate for a beginning music curriculum, including American folk music, traditional children’s songs and games, folk music from other countries and cultures, and art music
- organize a categorization system, known as a “retrieval” system whereby students can quickly and accurately select appropriate song literature for lesson planning
- explore the role of the conductor as communicator by learning conducting techniques and essential ensemble directing skills
- Develop individual and ensemble musicianship skills through in-tune singing, excellent tone quality, internal hearing, partwork, and understanding of complex melodies and pieces of music
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Undergraduate degree in music or consent of instructor.
This course is also available as a credit option. See the MU 526A course page if you are obtaining a degree and need the credits!
Ms. Coleman is a director with the National Girls Choir of Scotland, is an instructor with the Kodály Society of Ireland, and holds her Master’s from the Liszt Academy where she specialized in choral conducting and developing a school-based curriculum. She also directs an adult choir that she founded at the University of Edinburgh.
Ms. Virágh performs as a member of the Hartford Symphony and is adjunct professor of Theory/Ear Training at The Hartt School within the University of Hartford. Ms. Viragh trained at the Béla Bartók Conservatory of Music and the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary. As a violinist, she was a member of the Hungarian National Opera when she was invited to join the Orchestra Symphonica Tenerife in Canary Island, Spain. She has lived in the U.S. since 1990 and has performed as a member of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. She is also a founder of the Virágh Trio. In addition to teaching at Colorado State, Ms. Virágh teaches in Kodály programs at Nebraska Wesleyan University, Nebraska State University, Wichita State University, and New England Conservatory.
Ms. LeJeune is in her eighteenth year of teaching general music in Jefferson County Public Schools in Westminster, Colorado. She holds a Master’s of Music Education with Kodály emphasis degree from Colorado State University and is past president of ROCKE. Ms. LeJeune has presented music education workshops and in-services for OAKE, CMEA, Jefferson County Public Schools, Adams County 50, Adams County 14, AOSA Rocky Mountain Chapter, Broomfield Preschool, Colorado Christian College, and Metro State University. She current serves as member at large on the board of the Organization of American Kodály Educators.