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Fall 2023 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Introduction to the Kodály Method


September 18-December 8, 2023

Course Code



3 Graduate Credits*


$1,125 is due in full with registration. A $15 Early Bird Discount will be applied until August 31.


This course will introduce participants to the Kodály methodology using current research findings and the implications of that research on the development of a sequenced music and movement curriculum for early childhood through intermediate graded students. Materials and activities will be presented for children from birth through grade 5-6. Collecting materials, building and analyzing a folk song collection, designing teaching strategies, and lesson planning while developing a sequenced curriculum will all be covered. Active participation in both music and movement activities will be the basis for most instruction.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explore the Kodály methodology relationship to music teaching and learning;
  • Discuss the history and current practices of the Kodály method;
  • Review Kodály media and pedagogical process;
  • Model the process to teach rhythmic speech pieces with obstinate accompaniment;
  • Use familiar and folk literature selections to model concepts;
  • Model an effective sequence to teaching from preparing concepts to labeling and practicing those concepts;
  • Describe the teaching process to include vocal improvisation;
  • Explore vocal development and skills from birth to grades 5-6;
  • Create standard based assessments and student self-evaluation rubrics for a sequenced Kodály classroom; and
  • Design a K-5 yearly outline relevant for use in the classroom use.

* This course is offered at two course levels. Students enrolled in the MMEd program at VanderCook are eligible to enroll for the 500 course number. Students not enrolled in the MMEd program who wish to earn graduate credit as a MECA Continuing Education student should register for the four digit course number. The difference in credits earned and tuition cost is attributed to the difference in tuition rates for the MMEd and MECA Continuing Education programs. If you are unsure which section is best for you, please contact us directly at [email protected].


Chat Session

An optional live meeting will be on Tuesday, September 19 at 8PM EST / 5PM PST. This course is asychronous.



Required Text(s)

 Here are recommended resources — but in no means are they required – but you must bring something to find song choices:
The Kodaly Method I – Lois Choksy
Kodaly Today – Tacka and Houlihan
Kodaly in the Kindergarten / __Grade Classroom – Tacka and Houlihan (there are several grade levels in print)
An American Anthology – Eisen and Robertson
Kodaly in Kindergarten and Kodaly Approach – Katinka Daniel
District Curriculum Guides
Any additional primary song collections or materials with songs used to lesson plan
Any additional Teacher’s Editions or published curriculum (Spotlight on Music, Share the Music, Making Music, Game Plan, Music Play, etc.)

Learning Platform Information - Online Courses Only

Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

The evening  before your class begins, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit to login. 

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.

More information about Schoology can be found at

Please see specific software/hardware requirements in the course description.

Online course grades are available within two weeks of the course(s) completion.  If you need a transcript, please CLICK HERE to access the online transcript request form. For a faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).



Thom Borden

Thom Borden has a Bachelor of Science degree in music education and a master’s degree in education with a concentration in curriculum and instruction focused in reading. He completed Kodály training and certification through CSU with Sr. Lorna Zemke, and Orff Levels at UNLV and an Orff Master Level at the University of Memphis under Jos Wytac. Advanced studies include music and movement in Paris. He is the president of the Las Vegas Urban Chapter of Kodály Educators and a past-president of the Greater Chicago Orff Chapter. Borden has presented at numerous AOSA and OAKE Conferences, and at Orff and Kodály chapters across the United States every year. He has also presented in Australia, Canada and China. Currently teaching PreK-5 in Las Vegas, Borden served as vice president of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, was previously chair of the AOSA Diversity Committee and is a founding member and past-president of the Las Vegas Urban Chapter of Kodaly Educators (LUCKE). Borden has published Orff arrangements in the McGraw-Hill series Spotlight on Music and Music Studio, and has published materials on using manipulatives in the music classroom and using children’s literature to address music concepts and skills.

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