Kodály Method

A philosophy of education and a concept of teaching

The "Kodály Method" is a music education approach named after Hungarian composer and music educator Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967). This method focuses on developing students' musical abilities through singing, vocal training, and ear training, emphasizing foundational music education, ear sensitivity, and comprehensive musical development.

The Kodály Method is an effective music education approach that emphasizes cultivating students' perception and understanding of music while encouraging active participation in music creation and performance. The core principles of this method include:

  1. Singing and Vocal Training: The Kodály Method establishes a musical foundation through singing. Students learn about pitch, rhythm, and intervals through singing and engage in vocal training both in group and individual contexts. Singing allows students to directly experience the fundamental elements of music.
  2. Ear Training: The Kodály Method places a strong emphasis on developing students' ear sensitivity. Through listening to various musical pieces, students learn to discern different pitches, rhythms, and timbres. Ear training enables students to better understand and appreciate music.
  3. Gestures and Movement: The Kodály Method utilizes gestures and movements to help students grasp the rhythm and beat of music. These gestures and movements assist students in feeling the natural rhythm inherent in music.
  4. Games and Creation: The Kodály Method encourages students to engage in musical games and creative activities to learn music knowledge and skills in a playful manner. Students can compose simple melodies, rhythms, and experience the joy of music creation.

The goal of the Kodály Method is to make music education lively and engaging, enabling students to attain well-rounded development through their musical learning journey. This method is commonly applied in foundational music education, ranging from early childhood to school music curricula, as well as within music schools' education programs. The emphasis on collective singing, ear sensitivity, and musical experience contributes to students developing a deep understanding of music and acquiring proficient skills.

Example of Kodály Method

Kodaly in Action #1: Entrance, Warmup