Is a philosophy of education and a concept of teaching.
Is a comprehensive program to train basic musical skills and teach the reading and writing of music.
Is an integration of many of the best ideas, techniques, and approaches to music education.
Is an experience-based approach to teaching.
Essential and Key Elements of the Concept
What do we sing?
"If we ourselves sing often, this provides a deep experience of happiness in music. Through our own musical activities, we learn to know the pulsation, rhythm, and shape of melody. The enjoyment given encourages the study of instruments and the listening to other pieces of music as well." (Kodály, 1964)
"The compositions of every country, if original, are based on the songs of its own people. That is why their folk songs must be constantly sung, observed, and studied." (Kodály, 1964)
Solfège is the best tool for developing the inner ear. It is an invaluable aid in building all musical skills:
Music and Quality
We believe that music enhances the quality of life. So that it may have the impact it deserves, only the best music should be used for teaching:
Quality music demands quality teaching:
"The pure soul of the child must be considered sacred; what we implant there must stand every test, and if we plant anything bad, we poison his soul for life." (Selected Writings, p. 141)
Development of the Complete Musician
"The good musician understands the music without a score as well and understands the score without the music. The ear should not need the eye nor the eye the (outer) ear." (Kodály quoting Schumann: Selected Writings, p. 192)
"Music must not be approached from its intellectual, rational side, nor should it be conveyed to the child as a system of algebraic symbols, or as a secret writing of a language with which he has no connection. The way should be paved for direct intuition." (Selected Writings, p. 120)
Above information taken from the Organization of American Kodály Educators.