Fall 2023 MECA
Continuing Education Courses
Introduction to the Kodály Method
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.
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].
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.)
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