Kodály Summer Institute 2014 • 26th Summer of Kodály Studies at New York University • Founded 1989
The Kodály Summer Institute serves both graduate musicians-educators and those who have worked in the field—all who would like to enrich their skills in creating curriculum and delivering pedagogy in a Kodály-based music classroom. Participants experience and collect traditional (folk) materials that can be sequenced toward leading their young music makers toward the goals of music literacy and musical understanding. Subject areas include:
- Levels 1, 2, and 3
- Noncredit or 3 Graduate Credits
- Preschool Through Secondary School Methodology
- Ear Training Using Movable Tonic Solfege
- Vocal Skills for Children, Adolescents, and Adults
- Choral Ensemble
- Choral Conducting
- Materials and Skills for Starting a Chorus at Elementary and Middle School Levels
- Traditional (Folk) Materials and Research
- Movement through Singing Games
- Extending Kodály to the Recorder
The Kodály Summer Institute is endorsed by the Organization of American Kodály Educators.
Kodály & Music Education
Following his folk-song collecting with Béla Bartók in Hungary in the early 1900s, Zoltán Kodály had a vision—a monumental idea that music, like language, could be taught artistically using the authentic traditional (folk) materials of any given culture. Gathering talented, creative teachers around him, Kodály developed a philosophy:
Music is at the core of the curriculum. The ancient Greeks believed that music was at the center of all learning, because music was a natural synthesis of thinking, feeling, and moving.
The body—singing voice, body idiophones, and movement—is the best medium for making music. The body and the voice are custom made for every individual. Song and movement are united in traditional (folk) games and dances. Singing with confidence is a main goal.
Traditional (folk) musics leading to other musics are the best materials for becoming literate in Western music. Everyone has a mother tongue—the language spoken at home. The traditional (folk) music of that language should be the song source from which the facts and concepts of music literacy are drawn. In a complex culture, such as that in the United States, any music of a culture group or subculture group should be considered. In Kodály practice the repertory of materials should take four directions:
- Preservation of authentic traditional (folk) songs of the native culture(s).
- Exploration of musics of other cultures.
- Bridging traditional (folk) songs with all styles of composed music.
- Exploration of both historical and living traditions.
Music literacy is like language literacy. Everyone has the ability to hear, speak, read, and write a language. Therefore, everyone has the ability to hear, sing, read, and write music. Music literacy is something that everyone can and should enjoy. Music literacy is the first step of analysis toward the goal of musical understanding.
Quality music is the best material for teaching. Kodály believed that only the best music by the greatest composers and traditional (folk) music most representative of the culture are good enough for children.
Experiencing music—hearing, developing skills, preparing to derive concepts—cannot begin too early. Kodály said music training should begin "nine months before the birth of the mother."
The Kodály philosophy has been adapted worldwide. Emphasis on the continuing upgrade of the teacher's own musicianship continues to be a strong feature of this movement. It is a living philosophy constantly being reshaped by research in how children learn music in cultural settings. Kodály's vision complements the emerging focus on world musics by today's music-educators.
See the Kodály Summer Institute at a glance:
- Priority Application Deadline: April 12, 2014 (learn How to Apply)
- Final Application Deadline: June 1, 2014
- Program Dates: June 30 - July 18, 2014
- Required Student Orientation: June 29, 2014, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
- Housing Dates: June 29 - July 19, 2014
Below are all costs associated with the Non-Credit Kodály Summer Institute (see How to Apply for more details):
- Program Tuition: $1,250 for non-credit
- Application Fee: $50; nonrefundable and paid at the end of the 2014 Summer Application
- Housing & Meal Plan (optional): $1,293 shared room with 10 meals and 30 Dining Dollars per week - see the Housing & Meal Plan page for more information
MPAP Summer Programs
Dr. Jerry Kerlin
Learn more about the Music Eduction program: http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/music/education/