MU 526B - Kodály Training Program – Level II

  • 5 credits

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


  • Sharpened pencil
  • Manuscript paper
  • Notepad or paper for taking notes
  • Tuning fork [A=440]
  • Conducting scores (minimum of three scores to be chosen per level); please contact course instructor at the earliest opportunity if you encounter any difficulty obtaining scores


  • Ladybird (Zoltán Kodály) - Boosey and Hawkes - SSA, a cappella
  • All My Trials (arr. Michael Neaum) - Boosey and Hawkes - SSA, piano accomp.
  • Laudamus Te (Vivaldi, arr. Elmer Thomas) - available as a digital download on - 2 part treble, piano accomp.
  • All in the April Evening (Hugh S. Roberton) - Roberton Publications available at - SSA, a cappella
  • Classical Canons


  • Choksy, Lois “The Kodály Method”, 2nd edition, Prentice Hall Publishing
  • Bolkovec, Edward and Johnson, Judith “150 Rounds for Singing and Teaching”, Boosey and Hawkes
  • Brumfield, Susan “First, We Sing! Kodály-Inspired Teaching for the Music Classroom” [Teacher Book - ISBN 978-1480339828]
  • Brumfield, Susan “First We Sing! Teaching Strategies” (Primary and/or Intermediate Grades. It is recommended to get both, but only required to buy one.)
  • Eisen, Ann and Robertson, Lamar “An American Methodology”, Sneaky Snake Publications
  • Klinger, Rita “A Guide to Lesson Planning in the Kodály Setting”, OAKE Publications
  • Lund, Floice “Research and Retrieval”, ProCanto Press (available to purchase and pick up at CSU on 7/15)
  • Trinka, Jill “Little Black Bull”, Volume 4 Folk Music Works
  • Zoltán Kodály Choral Method: "333 Elementary Reading Exercises" Edited with annotations by (Publisher: Boosey and Hawkes) - NOTE: This is a small book, not a green tall book. Do not purchase the Percy Young Version.

This course can be applied toward:


Instructor approval.

Important Information

This course is also available as a noncredit option. See the ARLL 3004 course page if you want the content, but don't need the college credits.


Ciara Coleman
Ciara Coleman

Ms. Coleman is a director with the National Girls Choir of Scotland, is an instructor with the Kodály Society of Ireland, and holds her Master’s from the Liszt Academy where she specialized in choral conducting and developing a school-based curriculum. She also directs an adult choir that she founded at the University of Edinburgh.

Katalin Viragh
Katalin Viragh

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Ms. Virágh performs as a member of the Hartford Symphony and is adjunct professor of Theory/Ear Training at The Hartt School within the University of Hartford. Ms. Viragh trained at the Béla Bartók Conservatory of Music and the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary. As a violinist, she was a member of the Hungarian National Opera when she was invited to join the Orchestra Symphonica Tenerife in Canary Island, Spain. She has lived in the U.S. since 1990 and has performed as a member of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. She is also a founder of the Virágh Trio. In addition to teaching at Colorado State, Ms. Virágh teaches in Kodály programs at Nebraska Wesleyan University, Nebraska State University, Wichita State University, and New England Conservatory.

Amy Abbott
Amy Abbott

Ms. Abbott is in her fifteenth year of teaching elementary music, spending the past thirteen years in the St. Vrain Valley School district. She received her undergraduate degree in music education from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her M.M. in Education with a Kodály emphasis from Colorado State University. She has Kodály certifications from Portland State University, and CSU. She 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 seven years, and in 2015, she was honored with a Jared Polis Foundation Teacher Award.

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