The Kodaly method uses techniques found to be the most interactive and engaging to create a method that focuses on the expressive and creative skills of musicianship (rather than the theory or instrument skills)
The Central Principles of Kodaly
- Music should be taught from a young age. Kodály believed that music was among, if not the most important subject to teach in schools.
- Music should be taught in a logical and sequential manner.
- There should be a pleasure in learning music; learning should not be torturous.
- The voice is the most accessible, universal instrument.
- The musical material is taught in the context of the mother-tongue folk song.
Kodály for Children
The original method that Kodály pioneered was created with children’s development in mind.
With the method, young children unconsciously learn the basic musical elements:
- hand signs,
- memory development,
- singing, and more.