Zoltán Kodály

As one of The Clark County Children’s Choir’s goals, we continue to develop, encourage, and strengthen our children’s musical education and creativity based on the brilliant principles and philosophy of Zoltán Kodály.

 

A world class composer, linguist, scholar, educator, and philanthropist.  He reformed his native country (Hungary) through the musical process.

 

A man who believed in the musical and human potential of every child, Zoltán Kodály recognized that children, when left to play on their own, have innate but unformed musical abilities.  He took the games of song and dance that have for centuries brought joy to children and incorporated them into a classroom practice to serve the cause of musical literacy.

 

Kodály believed that each nation has a rich variety of folk songs well-suited to teaching purposes. “If selected carefully,” Kodály said, “these songs furnish the best material through which to introduce musical elements.” Singing games contain all the elements needed for learning the language of music. Physical movement helps children feel pulsation and rhythm, while repetition encourages singing in tune. Through performing the simple rhythms of these songs, children are led to discover, read and write beginning rhythms.

 

Kodály recognized that children gain pitch awareness through showing the direction of the melody, and learning relative solfa names (such as do-re-mi) and hand signs to help identify intervals. Instruments are used in Kodály classrooms to expand students’ experience of music, and to establish the relationship between letter names and relative solfa.

 

Kodály’s vision of the place of music in the intellectual, emotional, physical and social development of every child has inspired a new generation of teachers who believe that for children, in Kodály’s words, “Only the best is good enough.”

 

To see more about Zoltan Kodály (1882-1967) click here.

To see more about Kodály’s Philosophy click here.

To see a Kodály classroom in action click here.