Kodály pedagogy has a very precise progression that takes a child from their very first music lessons right through to a professional level if they so wish, all whilst keeping an emphasis on the joy of making music.
The Kodály pedagogy, which developed in Hungary in the mid-20th century and is now world-renowned, is based on the use of traditional songs and singing games. When children are having fun singing and playing they naturally absorb musical notions such as rhythm, pitch and a steady beat. As the child grows older this unconscious learning is then decoded, musical notation is gradually introduced, and the child learns to read music as naturally as they would learn to read a book!
Feel the beat!
Dancing and movement are key elements of our classes. Children discover new music through dancing and games, thus developing their sense of pulse and rhythm. These are essential skills for any musician, and particularly important for anyone considering a musical instrument.
Singing is key!
The voice – the one instrument we all possess! By using singing in every class the children immediately feel a connection to music. We start by using simple children’s songs and singing games, then little by little we introduce musical concepts. The children learn to analyse what they’re singing – how many musical phrases are there? Which notes are used – do, re, mi? What is the rhythm – crotchets or quavers?
Do a deer!
Through the use of solfa singing (do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do), pupils develop their inner ear. They gradually recognise the notes and rhythm of a song and learn to read and “hear” music notation.