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Educators in conveying the Kodaly Music Education

Responsibility for realising Academy for Musical Excellence, AMEC’s aspiration of “conveying the joy of music to all”, “introducing music from an early age” and “building the finest base for music education with a fun filled approach” lies with the teachers in Kodaly India Academy. Teacher qualification examinations are conducted for applicants who majored in music at university or Music Examinations (National and International level) have equivalent musical knowledge and skills, and trainings are provided on a regular basis to those who have passed the examination. During Kodaly teacher training for “Music in Preschool”- which covers areas – Methodology, Teaching techniques, Theory of Music, Solfa, Singing Games, we provide in-depth advice on basic teaching methods and interaction with children, and the future teachers gain practical experience in teaching through practice lessons. Kodaly teachers can also access the website set up exclusively for new instructors to replay videos of the lessons they observed during training.

Kodaly India Academy offer our teachers further training and classes for career enhancement, and we are offering a variety of courses nationwide open to all music teachers. We also hold teachers’ symposia to afford teachers across the country opportunities to present and discuss the results of research on in-class instruction. These symposia provide valuable information on education and instruction, and the findings presented are effectively reflected in curricula and textbook development. We also hold international teacher conferences attended by teaching staff of Kodaly International Society overseas as part of our endeavors to qualitatively improve our music education activities.

Why is singing so important?

The singing voice is nature’s in-built musical instrument. We all have one, and Kodály educators believe it is the birthright of every child to learn how to express him/herself musically through the singing voice. Musical development can in this way begin from babyhood, with no one excluded on grounds of cost. Singing is a joyful and sociable activity feeding the spirit as well as the mind.

Singing gives direct access to music without the technical difficulties of an instrument. Singing and active participation is therefore the fastest way to learn and internalise music and to develop musicianship skills. It is also the proof of accurate internalisation of the rhythm and melody.

Through unaccompanied singing and active participation a student can begin to acquire skills essential to all musicians: musical memory, inner hearing, true intonation and harmonic hearing.

Kodály-trained singing and instrumental teachers regard these skills as pre-requisites for singing and instrumental study at every level. Teachers who spend time preparing musical material through singing and other musical activity find that pupils play successfully and musically when they reach the final stage of performing the music on their instrument.

Engaging in singing and Kodály oriented musical activities leads to a marked increase in the powers of concentration, a rise in levels of achievement and an increase in social harmony in and out of the classroom. Singing Games with Musical Elements sets Kodaly India Academy apart from the other professional music courses in India.

How does the teaching progress?

The approach is very effective with young children who will learn, unconsciously at first, all the musical elements, which musicians need, through playing and singing of musical games and songs of their mother tongue and different cultures. As with language and arithmetic learning, it can happen very spontaneously and naturally when parents and loved ones sing to young children as a part of everyday life, especially if this singing approach is continued through Primary School.

At an appropriate stage these musical elements and skills are further developed by being made conscious and then, later, reinforced. In the process of reinforcing, new elements are introduced – again unconsciously by the teacher, thus continuing and developing the cycle further. Central to this work is the development of the Inner Hearing (the ability to imagine sound) though a potent combination of singing, rhythm work, Solfa and hand-sign work, stick-notation, memory development, part work, improvisation and so on. Kodaly India Academy in association with International Kodaly Masters has designed courses for the 21st Century Music Teachers.

But I am an adult!

Kodály’s approach to learning can be used to develop musical skills at any age. Anyone, whatever their age or ability may aspire to the highest levels of musicianship. The training starts with the simple and progresses to the more complex by logical steps and is one of the finest approaches to music education yet devised and therefore suited to all ages and stages of musical development. There are always adult beginners at the Kodaly India Academy and many come back year after year to extend their musical skills. As well as helping beginners to develop musicianship skills, the training also extends to those working at an advanced level.

But I am an instrumentalist!

When music is taught or learned using Kodály’s approach skills vital to advanced music making such as “inner hearing”, rhythmic co-ordination and harmonic hearing are strongly developed at an early stage. The approach is therefore relevant for instrumental teachers as well as class teachers and amateur and professional singers and musicians.

Through Kodály training teachers come to realise that all pupils need a core of musicianship training which is relevant to all instruments. Instrumental teachers therefore need to develop skills and material for musicianship work with their pupils, and to acquire repertoire and insights for applying this to their own instrument. Training is available in courses run by the Kodaly India Academy.

But I am not a singer!

You do not have to be a trained singer to enjoy or benefit from this form of music making. If you can draw breath, you can sing in such a way that the musical world will become accessible to you. The teaching and learning of music through the use of the singing voice enables the most direct of musical responses and provides the opportunity for musical understanding at the deepest level.

All students are taught to work with rhythm, structure and style in music – and to understand pitch by using a relative pitch system, which uses pitch syllables (Western do, re, mi, fa and Indian Sa Re Ga Ma) to develop keen aural discrimination. This is central to Kodály India Academy training and provides a stimulating and challenging means of improving personal musicianship and musical awareness.

But I am a non-specialist teacher!

It is possible to learn basic musical skills as an adult, which can then be transmitted in the classroom in singing games and other musical activities requiring only the use of your voice. The Kodaly India Academy runs courses, workshops, practical teaching experiences monitored by experienced teachers throughout the year.

KIA also hold international teacher conferences attended by teaching staff of Kodaly International Society overseas as part of our endeavors to qualitatively improve our music education activities.