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.
Dr. Jacobi is assistant professor of Music Education at Colorado State University. For more than twenty years, she has taught music to children throughout Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Texas. She has directed eleven high profile children’s choirs and in 2008 founded the Meadows Community Youth Chorus in Dallas for elementary-aged children without school music programs. Dr. Jacobi holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Education from the University of Houston, a Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Mount Holyoke College. She earned her Kodály Certification from Indiana University and McNeese State University and holds training from Carnegie-Mellon University’s International Dalcroze Institute, The Juilliard School’s Abramson-Dalcroze Institute, and the TCU/Van Cliburn Piano Institute in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to her arrival at CSU, Dr. Jacobi taught on the faculties of Southern Methodist University and the University of Houston.
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.