The
Kodály
concept

The Kodály concept is an approach to music education that “strives to achieve a synthesis of all the skills necessary to develop complete musicianship” (Bacon, 1993, p.75) and to cultivate a love and appreciation for music that is supported by understanding and direct musical experience (Choksy, 1999a).

The approach was inspired by the philosophies of the Hungarian composer and educator, Zoltan Kodály (1882 – 1967).

The Kodaly concept encompases two key elements.

  1. It is a philosophical approach to teaching music, and
  2. it is a unique course of sequential musical instruction (Bacon, 1993).

AUSTRALIAN Kodály cERTIFICATE

The Australian Kodály Certificate (AKC) is awarded on completion of a professional development course. This course provides pre-service and current classroom and studio music teachers with the skills and knowledge to deliver a sequential, cumulative, developmental and aural-based music curriculum.

The AKC is the only Australian fully accredited and nationally recognised program of teacher training in the Kodály approach. It was established some 20 years ago and during this time over 150 teachers have successfully completed the requirements.

The certificate is normally completed over three years of part time study, and participants choose to complete a three year sequence in one area of specialisation: Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary or Colour Strings.