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 3 course focuses on work with intermediate-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 an intermediate-level 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 research skills needed to locate, scrutinize, and utilize folk materials effectively in classroom instruction
- practice and master their nonverbal communication skills in conducting by strengthening conducting techniques and essential ensemble directing skills
- Master 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.