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Summer 2022 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Introduction to the Kodály Method


June 6-July 31, 2022

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2 Graduate Credits


$710, due in full with registration.


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.


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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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