Course Description

Students in this course will receive daily instruction in Kodály pedagogy, musicianship, folk music and classroom materials, conducting, and choir. Students will learn to design lesson plans for elementary-aged students (with a focus on kindergarten and first grade), in which children maximize their skill development while joyfully making music. The course will also introduce participants to folk songs, singing games, and choral repertoire appropriate for children from kindergarten through eighth grade. In addition, students will improve musicianship skills and the artistry of their conducting.

Learner Outcomes

Each participant will be able to demonstrate an understanding of Kodaly philosophy and educational principles through demonstration and written assignments including:

  • Rote teaching of songs and games
  • The development of lesson plans (yearly, monthly, daily)
  • Methodological sequencing of musical concepts and elements for Kindergarten and lower primary grades
  • The development of children's singing abilities, peer-teaching practicum and development of age-appropriate repertoire

Each participant will be able to demonstrate an increasing level of competence on a daily basis in aural and written music skills


EARLY BIRD Discount available for participants who register by May 31st.

This course can either be taken for credit or clock hours. Credit is available under MUS 5010.

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Section Title
Kodaly Certificate Program: Level I
M, T, W, F, Sa
8:00AM to 4:30PM
Jul 01, 2024 to Jul 06, 2024
T, W, Th, F, Sa
8:00AM to 4:30PM
Jul 09, 2024 to Jul 13, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • On Campus
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $1,050.00
Potential Discount(s)
Section Notes

Register by May 31, 2024 to get the Early Bird Discount! The final registration deadline is July 03, 2024 by the end of the day.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted Online through SPU within 48 hours of the first class session will receive a 100% refund of SPU tuition. After this point, no refund will be granted and all withdrawals must be submitted prior to the final class session. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.

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Section Materials
  • Textbook (Mandatory) 150 American Folksongs to Sing & Read by Peter Erdei Boodey & Hawkes, NY
  • (Mandatory) 333 Reading Exercises by Zoltán Kodály Boosey & Hawkes, NY
  • (Mandatory) 150 Rounds and Canons for Teaching & Singing by Edward Bolkovac & Judith Johnson
  • (Mandatory) Two-Part American Songs by Mark Williams Book 2 edition
  • (Mandatory) Tuning Fork
  • (Mandatory) Level I Materials Packets & Handouts $0.00
  • (Mandatory) Choral Music Packet $0.00
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