Kodály and Musicianship Classes
“Students become active learners not by simply learning about the musical concept, but additionally learning about the process of their own learning through music performance.”
The Kodály methodology is based on “sound before sight” to reinforce learning. Houlahan and Tacka state: “A common thread in the psychological literature concerning the teaching of music literacy is the ‘sound before symbol’ principle that is adopted in the music education circles and is of the paramount importance for teaching musical literacy. This idea stemmed from the work of the Swiss educator Heinrich Pestalozzi (1746-1827).” This concept of teaching music is similar to children learning to speak. They first hear words and sounds, then learn their meaning, and later how to read and write the words. The same principals are applied to music learning and literacy. Students first experience sounds (melodic and rhythmic), learn the term/name for it, and then continue to practice and express the music elements in their development.
“This learning theory model provides teachers with a path that enables students to gain musical knowledge, understanding, comprehension, and mastery of the basic building blocks of music fundamentals. Students develop musical skills such as singing, reading, writing, improvisation, composition, part-work, harmonic hearing, music memory, inner hearing (audiation), form, listening, conducting, movement development, instrumental development, and terminology. The model used for learning and teaching is divided into three phases of learning: cognitive phrase (prepare), associative phrase (present), and assimilative phase (practice).”
Starting in January 2018, Opus will be offering Kodály classes taught by Melissa Rooklidge.
*Ages are listed for generally appropriate levels, but further consideration for class placement will be given as needed, based on a student’s musical experience and learning needs.