MU 526C - Kodály Training Program - Level III

  • 5 credits
  • Fort Collins

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.