Analysis Of Zoltan Kodály Method Of Music Education

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One of the major innovators of music teaching methods is Zoltán Kodály and his Kodály method of music education. Kodály and his music teaching method pioneered the multidisciplinary dialogue between musicology, philosophy, and education in the classroom. Throughout his life, he brought forward new ideas on how music should be taught, and elevating current methods to allowing his students reach new heights.
He is frequently remembered for his popular singing exercises or teaching techniques and principles; however, it is his methodology and those techniques that he is truly remembered for in the world of music education. This methodology has impacted educators both in elementary and secondary schools and Universities around Central Europe and
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He began to consider different ways in which music could, and should, be taught to young children. He also considered the positive implications that music instruction would have on the nation. It was this trip and the questions that Kodály pondered during it that the Kodály music education method began.

“Music should belong to everyone” is one of the most popular quotes belonging to Kodály, and is the foundation of his music education philosophy. Kodály believed that music and the understanding of music is extremely valuable and should be taught to all people. He was of the opinion that the earlier one is exposed to music the greater the person would learn more and develop into a well-rounded person. He frequently was quoted that, “music education should start nine months before the birth of the mother”
Every person, according to Kodály’s philosophy of education has the ability to sing. He believed that it was the most natural ability a human has and that it is accessible to all people, even those without musical training. Kodály wrote about the accessibility that singing has saying, “The best approach to musical genius is through the instrument most accessible to everyone: the human voice. This way is open not only to the privileged but to the great
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Kodály believed that music learning was similar to that of language learning, and because of that he emphasized starting music education when children were quite young. By teaching people, especially those of a young age, to read music as they would read a novel, they would grow to appreciate musical values and artistic tastes which would in turn improve society. He was of the belief that music instruction would benefit the complete person, even those areas outside of music. In early childhood settings, children in preschool through second grade, the Kodály method has six steps of focus. These steps are In-tune Singing, Movement, Beat Metric Accent Rhythm, Comparatives, Ear Training and Musical Memory, and lastly Listening Skills. Through play and activities, all these skills can be

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