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Carolina Kodály Institute


July 10-22, 2016

Presented by Lenoir-Rhyne University in cooperation with the Kodály Educators of North Carolina, the Carolina Kodály Institute offers Levels I, II and III certification courses through intense two-week summer workshops. Lenoir-Rhyne University carries full endorsement by the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE).

Instruction is based on multi-cultural folk songs and art music which includes singing, dancing, games, improvisation, composition, and classroom instruments. Participants will take away teaching strategies and materials which can be used in their own classrooms and choral ensembles. As this is an intense experience, participants may complete only one level per two-week session.


The Kodály Concept

The Kodály concept is a philosophy of music education inspired by Zoltan Kodály (1882-1967), a Hungarian composer, musicologist, and educator. The concept stresses singing as the foundation of children's musical development.

Based on the developmental readiness of the child, the Kodály approach involves a sequential layering of skills and concepts designed to build success for every student. Instruction is based on multi-cultural folk song repertoire and art music and includes singing, dancing, games, improvisation, composition and musical instruments. Comprehensive musicianship, music literacy, and love of music are the ultimate goals.


Level I, Level II and Level III Kodály Certification

Programs for certification in Kodály music education entail rigorous in-depth study of this distinctive approach over the course of three summers. Courses are designed to strengthen teachers' musicianship while providing songs, techniques, materials and activities appropriate for use in the classroom. The institute offers Level I, Level II and Level III Kodály Certification. Since the curriculum is progressive, participants may earn their certification in only one of the three levels each summer.

Kodály certification is appropriate for school music teachers, college rising seniors majoring in music education, church musicians, private music instructors and community choir directors.


CEU Credit

North Carolina teachers will earn 7.0 continuing education units. Teachers from other states will receive a certificate of 70 clock hours of professional development activity.


Kodaly Certification courses fall into five areas.

* Introduction to the Kodály philosophy, curriculum and methodology.
* Musicianship: ear training, sight-singing, solfège and dictation.
* Folk song collection and analysis
* Choral conducting
* Choral ensemble


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* Phone: 828 328 7147
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Lenoir-Rhyne University
Carolina Kodály Institute
P.O. Box 7355
Hickory, NC 28603
828 328 7147



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