MU 526C - Kodály Training Program - Level III

  • 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 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.

Textbooks and Materials


  • 185 Unison Pentatonic Exercises
    Bacon, Denise
    Not available at the CSU Bookstore
  • Chimes of Dunkirk
    New England Dancing Masters
    Not available at the CSU Bookstore
  • Easy Two-Part Exercises
    Bacon, Denise
    Not available at the CSU Bookstore
  • First, We Sing! Teaching Strategies (Intermediate Grades)
    Leonard, Hal
    Not available at the CSU Bookstore


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.

Amanda Isaac
Amanda Isaac

Ms. Isaac holds a B.A. and M.A. in Music from California State University, Chico. As the 2005 recipient of the inaugural Eva Vendrei Award at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, she completed her National Kodály Certification training under Ann Eisen, Lamar Robertson, and Susan and Royce Tevis with additional training at Holy Names University. She directs twelve 5th-8th grade choirs and teaches music at two elementary schools in Norris School District. Her junior high choirs consistently earn superior or higher at festivals, and her students participate in county, all-state, division, and national honor choirs. Ms. Isaac has presented conference sessions at the regional and state level and has served as guest conductor for multiple honor choirs. She is the President of the Kern County Music Educators’ Association, hosts the Kern County CMEA Choral Ratings Festival, and holds active memberships in the California Music Educators’ Association, American Choral Directors Association, and Organization of American Kodály Educators. In 2013, she was KCMEA’s Choral Educator of the Year. She is Director of Music at First Congregational Church, UCC.

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.

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