I currently teach Kodály classes for children at the Community Music School at the Stephen Perse Foundation on Saturday morning. To join the classes please contact me to discuss availability.
Based on the philosophy of the Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodály (1882-1967), Kodály Musicianship is a practical hands-on approach to learning music. It is suitable from birth but is effective for any age and ability.
The approach is entirely child – centred and singing, which is the most natural form of music making, is at its heart. The focus is enjoyment and musical learning is fostered through singing games, rhymes and movement. The children have the opportunity to play simple tuned and untuned percussion instruments. In addition the multi – sensory nature of this approach – visual, kinaesthetic and aural, takes into account the various ways children learn.
These activities develop all the basic elements of music:
- Mood and character
- Form and style
- Listening skills
- Inner hearing ( the ability to hear a piece of music in your head and to be able write down music heard as well as hear music that is written down)
- Musical memory
The tools used are relative solfa (do, re, mi) and handsigns as well as rhythm names (ta, titi etc). This foundation provides a solid grounding for learning an instrument if desired.
Material used is traditional folk music from the UK and abroad, singing games and rhymes and classical music – both live and recorded.
In addition to the musical there are more general benefits including:
- Self – confidence
- Physical and mental coordination
- Team work, turn-taking and cooperation in all areas
- Language skills
- Listening skills in all learning situations
As the children progress they learn more advanced rhythmic and melodic skills including how to:
- Read and write musical notation
- Hold a rhythmic or melodic ostinato
- Hold a part in two-part music (polyphonic hearing)
- Compose and improvise
Classes are generally 30-45 minutes long. Children work with their own age group and develop their skills over the years with the same peer group, forming lasting friendships