New York University remains the only campus in metropolitan New York offering Kodály certification on a noncredit and graduate credit basis. Students who satisfactorily complete the course work in this program, which is spread over three summers, are eligible to receive certification endorsed by the Organization of American Kodály Educators for Kodály Levels 1, 2, and 3. Daily course work meets from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is divided into the following seven subject areas:
Voice Pedagogy (daily, 30 minutes) offers students a thorough warm-up of the voice—the main musical medium in Kodály-inspired work. Students learn the physiology of the voice and techniques of posture, breath management, phonation, resonant tone production, diction, and expression. Students also explore activities to use in the classroom appropriate for young voices toward the goal of singing with confidence.
Solfege (daily, 75 minutes) develops a teacher's ability to use the tools of the Kodály concept—movable tonic solfege and rhythm syllables. These tools are used with the development of skills of conducting, inner hearing, dictation, improvisation, and part work. Solfege is divided into three levels.
Kodály Methodology (daily, 75 minutes) introduces the teacher to the philosophy and practice of a Kodály-inspired curriculum. Supportive traditional song (folk song) literature, including singing games and dances, is explored toward helping students derive music comparatives (timbre / tone color / tone quality, dynamics, tempo, duration, pitch, texture, articulation), beat, rhythm, meter, pitch patterns, simultaneity, and form—music literacy. Listening experiences are included in this study. The transition to composed music is made. Students explore curriculum development by writing starting points, song lists, yearly flow charts, daily lesson plans, and activity plans (strategies). Kodály Methodology is divided into three levels.
Chorus (daily, 60 minutes) gives the student experience in choral performance. All choral repertory, much of it a cappella, is rehearsed for a performance at the end of the course.
Traditional (Folk) Materials and Research (daily, 60 minutes) offers the student experience in the areas of traditional (folk) song collecting and analysis and the relating of these skills to the ethnomusicological understanding of music as culture. Students from all three levels of the program meet together to focus on certain topics unfolding in a three-summer rotation. Summer 2023 focuses on Culture Studies and World Musics in the Classroom 2: Canada, The Caribbean, Eastern Europe, The Iberian Diaspora, Japan, Korea, The Middle East.
Choral Conducting (M, W, F, 75 minutes) offers the teacher the development and practice of choral conducting techniques, discovery of choral repertory, score strategies, and rehearsal planning. Students practice posture, beat patterns, and signals for expressive singing (dynamics and articulation). Cueing entrances and cut-offs in polyphonic music are studied. Choral Conducting is divided into three levels (based on conducting experience).
Recorder Pedagogy and Ensembles (TU, TH, 75 minutes, elective) introduces the teacher to the chest of recorders—an extension of the Kodály concept to instruments. Teachers become proficient in recorder technique, learn teaching practices, and explore ensemble music for performance.