Kodály Primary Teacher Training Certificate - Level One

With Maree Hennessy and Jennifer TehBook Here For Reclaim Your Voice

"A well-trained ear. A well-trained intelligence. A well-trained heart.
A well-trained hand."

ZOLTAN KODÁLY - 1953

Week One: 16th-20th January, 9.30am-5.30pm (first day starts 9.00am)
Week Two: 17th-21st July, 9.30am-5.15pm
Room 6, Phillipstown Hub, 39 Nursery Road, Phillipstown (map)
Cost: $1500 (or $1475 for Friends of The Muse; $1200 for students and those on a low income)
It is possible to pay the course off over 12 months. A $200 deposit is required.
There are also two part time community streams. Songs and Games for Children and Musicianship, Conducting and Choir.

Bookings necessary. Book here
or phone 0800 THE MUSE (0800 843 687) or email us

The Kodály approach to music education is based on the understanding that access to music making is a basic human right, that music education should be fun, inclusive and musical, and should be taught in a logical, experiential sequence. The training is a chance to gain skills in this incredibly effective approach to music education, while picking up lots of fun games, songs, dances and activities to share with children, as well as developing your own musicianship skills. People just wanting to attend for their own interest, who aren't working with children are also welcome. The training is also incredibly useful for community musicians and choir leaders.

This course is accredited in conjunction with Sound Thinking Australia under the leadership of James Cuskelly. The full certificate is three levels, achieved over three years. The Muse intends to offer Level Two in 2018. The Kodály training will transform your teaching and you as a musician, whether you are an experienced music specialist or a classroom teacher wishing to improve your musicianship and confidence teaching music.

To obtain the certificate, you need to attend all sessions and it is possible for people with no formal music training to complete the full certificate, and develop their own music literacy as they learn how to teach children. There are also two part time community streams that will be useful for individuals wishing to develop musicianship skills or caregivers, early childhood and primary teachers looking for ideas to share with children but not able to attend the full course.

Please note, on registration, you will be sent full information on course outcomes, marking schedule etc. You can also download these here.

The 10 Days will cover:

  • Musicianship: the study of sight-singing, score reading, aural perception, musical dictation and analysis using the tools of the Kodály approach (tonic sol-fa, rhythm syllables and Curwen hand signs).
  • Methodology: the application of Kodály’s principles to the development of classroom and studio teaching programs that are suitable for Australasian children. It includes the study of: Curriculum development, Teaching techniques, Sequencing learning, Lesson planning and assessment.
  • Teaching techniques is the practical application of teaching strategies covered in Methodology.
  • Cultural materials involves learning, collecting and analysing the folk music of New Zealand and other nations to determine its suitability for pedagogical processes outlined in methodology and its ability to support a developmental music program.
  • Choral and Ensemble Techniques is the study of choral conducting, rehearsal strategies and voice production.

    For detailed information, including required texts, full schedule, assessment and course content, click here.

About the Tutors:

Maree Henessy

Maree Hennessy is a recognised Lead Teacher, professional development facilitator and mentor.

Maree has extensive experience in teaching and learning in multi-level contexts across sectors. She has worked in Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and community contexts and is highly skilled in developing excellence in teacher capacity.

Maree currently oversees the renowned Masters Pedagogy program based in the Kodály philosophy at Holy Names University

Prior to her appointment at Holy Names University, Maree worked as Senior Project Writer for Curriculum to Classroom (C2C) materials designed to support Queensland teachers in the implementation of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts.

Maree was editor, key writer and demonstration teacher for the recently released KMEIA 'Middle Years Music Education' DVD resource for teachers. She has co-ordinated the Open Classroom Series for KMEIA Qld and lectures in Aural Pedagogy in the Sound Thinking Summer Program, Brisbane, a course accredited with UNE(Canberra), ACU (Brisbane) and the Liszt Academy (Budapest) Masters programs.

Maree has presented at conferences in Australia and abroad and her work explores the impact of effective pedagogical practice in contemporary music education settings.

Maree has a particular interest in and commitment to teacher development. She believes collaboration and reflection are key to building professional learning communities and in achieving excellence in teaching and learning.

 

Jennifer TehJennifer Teh (B. Ed, B Mus.) is a Kodaly certified choir leader and music teacher, with 14 years experience working with all ages, from babies to adults. She is the founder of 'Hush Little Baby Early Childhood Music Classes' where she puts into practice her strong belief that music and singing should be a part of every child's life. There is a substantial body of research supporting the importance of sharing music with infants and children, and Jennifer is passionate about sharing this information with as many people as possible in order to ensure that music belongs to every child.

Jennifer is the recipient of the Australian Governmental National Award for Quality Schooling and the Queensland College of Teachers Excellence Award. She provides training and consultation throughout Australia to childcare centres wishing to integrate music more thoroughly and effectively into their daily practice and also runs a number of weekly programmes where she facilitates interaction between caregiver and child through the use of songs, games, nursery rhymes, tickles and bounces.

Jennifer is the founding conductor of the St Aidan's Community Choir. She established this choir eleven years ago after recognising the need in her school community for an opportunity for staff, past students, parents and members of the broader community to sing together.

Throughout her career Jennifer has conducted many choirs for children, adolescents and adults, including the Birralee Piccolos and Kids choirs, Duchesne College Women's Choir and Kambu Indigenous Choir. She is regularly invited to appear as a guest conductor at workshops with community choirs throughout Queensland.

Further Information For Students
The following information covers the 10 days over the two segments, January and July.

Click here to download materials for level one
(please print these and start to memorize)

Course Schedule

Choir - Course Outline

Conducting - Course Outline

Musicianship - Course Outline

Methodology | Teaching Techniques | Cultural Materials - Course Outline

Required Text books: Purchase from Sound Thinking Australia (talk to Nikki about a bulk order)

Klinger, R. (1990). A guide to lesson planning in a Kodály setting. Clayfield School of Music.
Forrai, K. Music in Pre School. Clayfield School of Music, Brisbane.

The following recommended and additional references may be useful to complement and support work covered in this level. They are optional resources.
Recommended References:
Musical Beginnings DVD/CDRom Package (KMEIA Qld) (Available in Muse Library)
Choksy, L. (1999). The Kodály Method. Prentice Hall. (Available in Muse Library)
Bridges, D & Hoermann D. (1985). Catch a Song. Dominie
Erdei & Komlos. (2004). 150 American Folksongs

You will be sent a full pack of information on completion of your registration and receipt of your deposit.

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