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. This Level 2 course focuses on work with late beginner-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 a late-beginner 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 their nonverbal communication skills in conducting by reviewing and strengthening conducting techniques and essential ensemble directing skills
- strengthen individual and ensemble musicianship skills through in-tune singing, excellent tone quality, internal hearing, partwork, and understanding of complex melodies and pieces of music
This course can be applied towards:
Textbook and Materials
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Amy Abbott is in her 15th year of teaching elementary music with the past 12 years having been in the St. Vrain Valley School district. She received her undergraduate degree in music education from the University of Colorado at Boulder and obtained her masters in music education with a Kodály emphasis from Colorado State University. She has Kodály certifications from Portland State University, where she studied with Jill Trinka, Susan Brumfield, Vicki Loebell, and Sean Dëibler and from Colorado State University, where she studied with Sue Litehold-Bowcock and Ann Eisen.
Amy has presented sessions at the Colorado Music Educators State Conference, Oregon Arts Alliance State Conference, ROCKE (Regional Organization of Colorado Kodály Educators) Chapter Shares, and St. Vrain Music Teacher Professional Development Days. Additionally, she has served on the ROCKE board for over 7 years as president, secretary and member-at-large. In addition to teaching general music at Red Hawk Elementary in Erie, Colorado, she also teaches a 4/5 choir, tone-chime choirs, and a drum ensemble. This spring she was honored with a Jared Polis Foundation Teacher Award. When not teaching she loves spending time with her husband, son and daughter, gardening and blogging (http://abbottmusic.blogspot.com).
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.