Teacher Training Kodály 2023

With James Cuskelly and Lucinda Geoghegan

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  • Primary One
  • Secondary One
  • Early Childhood Three

January 15 - 20 (Sunday - Friday) & January  23 - 26 (Monday - Thursday)
(full timetable here)
Phillipstown Hub, 39 Nursery Road, Ōtautahi
EARLY BIRD PRICES Until December 1st
$1500.00 - Full Accredited Level One Primary or Secondary Certificate
$1200.00 (Students/first year teachers and low income) Full Accredited Level One Primary or Secondary Certificate
$1000.00 - For Audit (non accredited)

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


This course is deeply transformational.  Your music making, group facilitation or teaching will never be the same!
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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 and adults, and while developing your own musicianship skills. The training is also incredibly useful for community musicians and choir leaders.

This course is accredited towards the Australian Kodály Certificate 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 2024. 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 or a musician with no teaching experience.

Part Time Streams are available. Email us to discuss.

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.

About the Tutors
James Cuskelly
Dr James Cuskelly OAM has a broad base in education, having taught in Kindergarten, pre-school, primary and secondary classrooms as well as in tertiary institutions since 1987. His passion for music, and his ability to enthuse and bring about effective learning in students across all ages or abilities, is internationally recognized. In 2018, he was awarded the Medal of Order of Australia for services to music education.

James leads teacher training programs in Australia, Malaysia, Scotland, England, Hungary, South Africa and New Zealand.  The documentary "When We Sing' was made about James' work. Watch trailer here.



Lucinda GeogheganLucinda Geoghegan is theory and musicianship lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland working in both the Senior and Junior departments and in addition since 2011 has been delivering and assessing RCS accredited modules in Kodály Philosophy to external students. She is a regular tutor, member of the Trustees and Chair of Education for the British Kodály Academy and in 2017 Lucinda was elected as a Director on the Board of the International Kodály Society.

Lucinda is Creative Learning Director for NYCOS and her work involves Staff Development training across Britain presenting workshops on Kodály musicianship and methodology. Lucinda is a guest lecturer on the summer and yearly courses at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary and in addition has delivered workshops in Ireland, Germany, Holland, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Turkey, Australia, Canada and USA.


Publications written by Lucinda Geoghegan for NYCOS include: