KODÁLY MUSIC TEACHING CERTIFICATE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 Prerequisite:  Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance, Education, Conducting or related field.

PLENARY SESSIONS for those enrolled in Levels I, II, III

Choral Music Repertoire and Strategies

    • KMI 511 1 Graduate Credit, 22.5 hrs
    • Dates: July 5, 6, 7, 2017
    • Times: 12:00- 5:00 pm
    • Instructor: Dr. Alyson Shirk

Enjoy three days of Kodály inspired choral exploration with conductor and teacher, Dr. Alyson Shirk. Learn how ear-training and score notation reading can empower your singers to read proficiently and joyfully sing in tune. Expand your use of visual, auditory, and kinesthetic rehearsal techniques to engage your choir’s focus and attention. Learn strategies that will transform your rehearsal into an integrative environment for a healthy voice and blended and balanced choral sound. Come away with accessible choral gems for unison, two part, SSA, SAB and SATB choirs that will enhance your choral programming, grip your students, and delight your audiences.

KMI Choir

      • KMI 512 1 Graduate Credit, 22.5 hrs
      • Conductor: David Hodgkins

All KMI participants attend daily choir rehearsals and perform in the final Gala Concert under the direction of David Hodgkins. The repertoire is varied and will provide a wonderful opportunity to learn to prepare and present a concert set. KMI participants will also perform with the students in the Kodály youth choir summer camp at Fay School.

LEVEL I COURSES

Level I Conducting

      • KMI 507 1 Graduate Credit, 22.5 hrs
      • Instructor: Jonathan Rappaport

This course is an introductory choral conducting class. It will be a live choral laboratory during which each student conducts his/her peers. Each student will “warm-up” and rehearse the group. Through this process, the class will examine a variety of topics including: basic patterns, warm up and rehearsal techniques, interpretation of different musical styles.   In addition, the class will observe FaySummer choir camp music classes and choir rehearsals. Conducting culminates in a performance and laboratory during which each student conducts his/her peers and is adjudicated by the conducting faculty.

Level I Solfège

      • KMI 508 1 Graduate Credit, 22.5 hrs
      • Instructor: Katalín Virágh
      • Dates: July 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10-14

The first course in the KMI solfège sequence includes Kodály-inspired ear training, development of sight singing, dictation, musical memory, conducting, and improvisation skills. Sight singing is developed through relative solmization and absolute letter names. Also developed will be the use of hand signs, stick notation, and standard staff notation. Included is a comprehensive study of the note groups and intervals of the pentatonic scale through listening, singing, reading, playing, analyzing and improvising. Rhythmic skill, part-work, and intonation are developed through movement and all activities listed above.

Level I Pedagogy, Materials, Song Collection

      • KMI 509 2 Graduate Credits, 45 hrs
      • Instructor: Stephen Buck

This course combines Kodály Pedagogy with the study of Music Materials. The underlying principle is to create a teaching sequence from carefully selected musical materials of high quality and developmental appropriateness.

Pedagogy: covers beginning concepts and elements for learners of all ages, and includes the development of tuneful singing, differentiated learning styles, readiness concepts, and beginning stages of musical reading and writing of rhythmic and melodic elements and patterns. The pedagogical process includes preparation, presentation, and practice of specific elements and concepts, skill development, long and short-term planning, and the application of materials to any age student or teaching situation. Pedagogy incorporates the learning strands of the MA Arts Framework, authentic assessment practices in the arts, and observation of students in the FaySummer choir camp music classes and rehearsals.

Music materials: Participants will learn 30 multi-ethnic songs that include simple playground songs, nursery rhymes, folk songs, singing games, dances, canons, and art music of many periods. Participants learn a diverse repertoire of activities and explore how this material supports student learning and musicality.

Thesis–Song Collection and Retrieval System: the capstone project of the Kodály Institute is begun in this course. Level I students learn songs and how to research, analyze, and catalogue the songs for use in the classroom.

LEVEL II COURSES

 Level II Conducting

      • KMI 607 1 Graduate Credit, 22.5 hrs
      • Instructor: David Hodgkins

This course is an intermediary choral conducting class. It will be a live choral laboratory during which each student conducts his/her peers. Each student will “warm-up” and rehearse the group. Through this process, the class will practice a variety of topics including: conducting patterns with complex meters, score preparation including phrasing and dynamics, vocal production through conducting gestures, advanced rehearsal techniques. Conducting culminates in a performance and laboratory during which each student conducts his/her peers and is adjudicated by the conducting faculty. In addition, the class will observe FaySummer choir camp music classes and choir rehearsals.

Level II Solfège

      • KMI 608 1 Graduate Credit, 22.5 hrs
      • Dates: July 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10-14
      • Instructor: Gábor Virágh

The second course in the solfège sequence includes Kodály-inspired sight-singing, dictation, transposition, analysis, improvisation and ear training through the medium of the human voice. Both movable “do” solmization and fixed, absolute letter names are used to develop relative and perfect pitch. Training begins with unison pentatonic, diatonic, and chromatic melodies and leads to complex modulating part-music. The class will practice the following skills: in-tune unison, solo and part singing, relative solmization, absolute pitch names, and rhythm names, pentatonic, diatonic major and minor and modal systems, sight-singing and musical memory, rhythmic, melodic and intervallic dictation, conducting, hand signs, chromaticism, G, F, and C clefs, modulations and harmonic progressions. Musical material includes folksongs through masterworks of all periods and styles, and includes many of Kodály’s composed exercises.

Level II Pedagogy, Materials, Song Collection

      • Pedagogy Materials and Thesis KMI 609 2 Graduate Credits, 45 hrs
      • Instructor: Carol Forward

This course continues to weave together Music Teaching Pedagogy with Music Materials.

Pedagogy: Thorough teacher preparation makes learning music not only more effective for children but a more joyful experience for all involved. This course will review and expand on the principles of the Kodály methodology; specifically the sequential teaching of music skills based upon the use of an organized body of music literature, starting from the folk tradition, as a foundation for musical literacy. Specific course topics include readiness techniques; the exploitation of different learning styles among children through the preparation, presentation, and practice of intermediate rhythmic and melodic concepts and elements; lesson planning firmly based on child development; short and long term planning; assessment; basic song leading; teaching chorus and recorder from a singing classroom perspective; and approaches to integrating state and national arts standards. Pedagogy class will observe FaySummer choir camp music classes and choir rehearsals.

Music materials: Participants will learn approximately fifty songs and games from a multicultural folk tradition as well as some art music from the classical canon. Strategies for integrating movement and folk dance sequentially into music classes will be introduced, based on Education through Movement by Phyllis S. Weikart.

Song Collection and Retrieval System: known as the capstone project of the Kodály Institute is continued in this course. Participants will analyze and memorize songs, and begin to develop their music retrieval system.

LEVEL III COURSES

Level III Conducting

      • KMI 707 1 Graduate Credit, 22.5 hrs
      • Instructor: David Hodgkins

This course is an advanced choral conducting class. Each student conducts his/her peers and is adjudicated by the conducting faculty. Topics include review of how to prepare and memorize a score, correct conducting patterns in 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 plus more complex meters (5/4, 7/4, 6 – French and German, 9 and 12), proper choral conducting techniques and body stance, interpretation of unison and part music in different styles, and rehearsal techniques. Cues and cut offs will be integrated with dynamics, left hand independence will be developed as will use of baton and creating an ictus without a baton. Each participant will conduct the adult choir in pieces equal to level of difficulty of Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb as a final exam. Constructive feedback will be given to each participant as to the next steps needed in their development as a conductor.

The course includes observation of students in FaySummer’s singing camp and culminates in a performance and laboratory during which each student conducts his/her peers and is adjudicated by the conducting faculty.

Level III Solfège

      • KMI 708 1 Graduate Credit, 22.5 hrs
      • Dates: July 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10-14
      • Instructor: Gábor Virágh

The third course in the solfège sequence includes Kodály-inspired ear training and sight singing. Listening and performing skills will be developed using pentatonic, modal, diatonic, and chromatic excerpts from the music literature. Course work will include basic teaching techniques and activities used in Kodály instruction. Each area of instruction listed below will include sight singing, performance drills, and the acquisition of recognition/dictation skills.

Rhythmic work will include a review and more difficult work in simple and compound meters with conducting, syncopation, asymmetric and changing meters. Melodic work will include a continuation of pentatonic, major and minor scales and intervals.

Church modes, melodies with chromatic alterations as non-harmonic tones, secondary chord functions, and as modal mixture along with an introduction to twentieth-century melodic idioms will be included in Level III Solfège.

Harmonic work will include cadences and more elaborate chord progressions, seventh chords in root position and inversions, secondary dominants and secondary sevenths chords, modal mixture chords and an introduction to the Neapolitan-sixth chord and augmented-sixth chords.

Pedagogical tools will include further hand-sign work, two-part hand-sign technique, memorization of two- and three-part canons, use of different modal sol-fa system, modulation: sol-fa changing strategies, The course features many games, activities, and exercises to promote memory, coordination, inner hearing, and accurate intonation.

Level III Pedagogy, Materials, Song Collection

      • KMI 709 2 Graduate Credits, 45 hrs
      • Instructor: Charlyn Bethell

Pedagogy: This course will review and expand upon the principles of Kodály methodology—specifically the sequential teaching of music skills and the use of an organized body of music literature, including folk, jazz, multicultural, and classical, as a foundation for musical literacy—and provide pedagogical methods and materials for realizing these principles. Specific course topics include advanced rhythms (internal upbeats, external upbeats, various 16th note combinations, syncopation); half steps (fa and ti); presenting various scales (pentatonic, pentachord, hexachord, all diatonic modes and scales); altered tones (fi, si, ta); harmonic function of scale tones; intervals and interval inversions; triads and their inversions, seventh chords and their inversions. Other topics may include curriculum planning for the school, discussion of outlining musical elements; pacing of the year through units of study and individual lessons; and judging readiness of classes to move on to new element(s) and concepts. Observation of the FaySummer camp’s children’s solfège classes and choir rehearsals is part of pedagogy.

Music materials: Participants will learn approximately fifty songs and games from multicultural American and world music folk traditions, jazz, and art music from the Western classical tradition.

Thesis–Song Collection and Retrieval System: the capstone project of the Kodály Institute is continued and completed in Pedagogy III.

Level IV Thesis; Annotated Song Collection and Research for Curriculum Development

Pre-requisite: Completion of KMI Level III or similar experience.

      • KMI 800 2 Graduate Credits, 45 hrs
      • Instructor: Jonathan Rappaport

This course will be primarily an independent-study project under the supervision of one of KMI’s master instructors. Class members will work with the instructor and classmates both in individual and group settings weekly, with the bulk of the work being accomplished independently. The goal of the course is to develop a personal song collection and retrieval system that will enable a teacher to quickly access applicable teaching materials for nearly any element, concept, or skill area. The Annotated Song Collection is a requirement for completion of the Kodály Music Certificate. Post-certificate students may use this as research and curriculum development course to create a new body of work for their own teaching.