Introduction to the Kodály Method


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Introduction to the
Kodály Method

September 21November 15, 2020

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.

Instructor: Thom Borden

Borden_headshot2013.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 the University of Nevada Las Vegas 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, and was previously the chair of the AOSA Diversity Committee Chair. 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.

Course Details

Introduction to the
Kodály Method

Course Code 6590

Thom Borden

2 Graduate Credits

Sept. 21-Nov. 15, 2020

$710, due in full with registration

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Required Text(s)

Recommended Materials
The Kodály Method I by Lois Choksy

Kodály Today: A Cognitive Approach to Elementary Music Education by M. Houlahan & P. Tacka
(Oxford University Press)

Kodály in the Kindergarten: # Grade Classroom
by M. Houlahan & P. Tacka [several grade levels in print}

An American Anthology: An Inclusive Approach to Musical Literacy by A. Eisen & L. Robertson
(Sneaky Snake Publications)

Kodály in Kindergarten and Kodaly Approach by Katinka Daniel

District Curriculum

Any additional primary song collections or materials with songs used to lesson plan

Any additional Teacher's Editions or published curriculum (Game Plan, Music Play, etc.)

Software/Hardware Requirements
Internet access is required. 

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