Course Description

Students in this course will extend their knowledge of lesson planning from Level II, with a focus on grades 4-6, using a variety of materials from Western and non-Western musical traditions. Participants will also complete a system for the storage, use and retrieval of music for classroom teaching purposes. Musicianship skills will expand through analysis, sight-reading, part-work, and dictation. Conducting skills will develop to include strategies for working with a small orchestra and children's choir. Each Level III conductor will prepare, rehearse, and conduct a piece for the final performance.

Learner Outcomes

Each participant will be able to demonstrate an understanding of Kodály 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 upper primary grades
  • The development of children's singing abilities and part-work stills leading to development of choral ensemble 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.

Each participant will demonstrate an understanding for the analysis, use and retrieval of folk music for use in the classroom.


This course can either be taken for credit or clock hours. Credit is available under MUS 5015.


Kodaly Level II from SPU or permission from instructor

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Section Title
Kodaly Certificate Program: Level III
M, T, W, F, Sa
8:00AM to 4:30PM
Jul 01, 2019 to Jul 06, 2019
T, W, Th, F, Sa
8:00AM to 4:30PM
Jul 09, 2019 to Jul 13, 2019
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • On Campus
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
SPU Tuition non-credit $140.00
Section Notes

Preregistration is required through Kodaly Level Programs of Seattle Here. Once you have preregistered, you will be given a link to register for SPU credit or clock hours.

Additional $775 workshop fee payable to Kodály Levels Program of Seattle prior to June 1, 2019 or $825 after that date. Additional $50 materials fee payable to Mad Robin Music at first class session (or purchase on your own).

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 at: https://ce.spu.edu under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.

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Section Materials
  • (Mandatory) A Guide to Lesson Planning in a Kodály Setting by Rita Klinger 1991 edition
  • (Mandatory) 150 American Folksongs to Sing, Read, & Play by Peter Erdei, et al 1975 edition
  • (Mandatory) 333 Reading Exercises by Zoltán Kodály 1972 edition
  • (Mandatory) Sail Away: 155 American Folksongs by Eleanor Locke 1988 edition
  • (Mandatory) El Patio de mi Casa by Gabriela Montoya-Stier
  • (Mandatory) 150 Rounds and Canons for Teaching & Singing by Edward Bolkovac & Judith Johnson
  • (Mandatory) Classical Canons by A. Molnar
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