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!
Textbooks and Materials
Please contact instructor for list of texts/materials.