MU 526C - Kodály Training Program - Level III

  • 5 credits

Unfortunately, due to the current circumstances we will not be holding Kodály classes on campus for Summer 2020. OAKE, our parent organization that endorses students’ National Kodály Teaching Certification, has released a statement confirming that Levels courses taught online will not count toward certification. Since we are not able to teach Levels in person this summer due to the COVID-19 situation, it is necessary to postpone coursework.

All Kodály Level coursework will resume in Summer 2021.

However, for current Level 2 and Level 3 students, we will offer an online, Kodály six-week course this summer. Please check back in the coming days for more information.

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 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


  • 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


  • Like a Singing Bird (Bob Chilcott) - Oxford University Press - SA/A, piano accomp.
  • Ave Maria (Zoltán Kodály) - Universal Edition - SSA, a cappella - NOTE: Kodály wrote two very different settings of the Ave Maria; be sure to order the a cappella version
  • Enchanting Song (Béla Bartók) - Boosey and Hawkes - SSA, a cappella
  • Ubi Caritas et Amor (Kim André Arnesen) - Boosey and Hawkes - SSAA, a cappella


  • Bacon, Denise "185 Unison Pentatonic Exercises"
  • New England Dancing Masters "Chimes of Dunkirk"
  • Bacon, Denise "Easy Two-Part Exercises"
  • Leonard, Hal "First, We Sing! Teaching Strategies (Intermediate Grades)"
  • 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

This course can be applied toward:


Instructor approval.

Important Information

This course is also available as a noncredit option. See the ARLL 3005 course page if you want the content, but don't need the college credits.