FOLLOW A TUNE
an introduction to teaching music from a Kodaly inspired perspective
FOLLOW A TUNE is a power point presentation I did at the Kodaly Society National Conference in Victoria, BC, Canada on Feb. 20, 2015.
I thought it might prove useful to music teachers who would like to learn about Kodaly music education. It serves as an introduction to a method of music education which I have found exemplary in my 30 years of teaching and includes practical and fun teaching materials.
I hope that it encourages viewers to further their music skills by seeking out institutions worldwide which offer Kodaly training .
The importance of sequential teaching cannot be over-emphasized – a concept embraced as well by Maria Montessori and Shinichi Suzuki among many other educators. Two quotes worth considering;
1. “A carefully planned sequence, well taught, will result in successful experiences for children and teacher. Success breeds success – and fosters a love of music. A Kodály sequenced curriculum is an experience-based approach to learning rather than a cognitive developmental approach.” (OAKE) 2.” Kodály's approach to music education is based on teaching, learning and understanding music through the experience of singing, without the technical problems involved with the use of an instrument. Music is heard first of all and then learned using relative solfa, tonic solfa and rhythm solfa.” (BRITISH KODALY ACADEMY)
The eleven songs included cover the basic rhythmic and melodic material essential for teaching young children. The songs are presented sequentially and each song is analysed progressively.
I have made reference to pages from my two books Tune Travels (TT) and See Saw & Solfa (S&S) which are available for download at