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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


  • 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.
  • Antal Molnár, Classical Canons


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