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.
Textbooks and Materials
Please contact instructor for list of texts/materials.
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). She holds Kodály Certification through training programs at Indiana University and McNeese State University, as well as a Dalcroze Certificate from the American Eurhythmics Society. Dr. Jacobi has also trained 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 at Southern Methodist University and the University of Houston. She has published articles in Music Educators Journal, American Music Teacher, Southwestern Musician, Texas Music Teacher, the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, General Music Today, and the Kodály Envoy, and presents actively as a clinician and lecture-recitalist. Dr. Jacobi currently serves on the Editorial Board for Music Educators Journal.
At CSU, Dr. Jacobi is the area coordinator for Music Education and teaches undergraduate and graduate coursework in Music Education. She also directs the Colorado Kodály Institute, and serves as a faculty advisor for CSU's Collegiate CNAfME Chapter.