Musicianship for 8+

What comes next?

The spiral curriculum of the Kodaly approach to musicianship provides a sequence of incremental challenges which can begin at any age. Well-trained teachers are able to quickly assess a student’s prior knowledge and provide appropriate activities that will effectively extend the student’s skills and understanding.
Some groups are an extension for primary age children who have completed the Early Childhood program, others provide opportunities for musical growth in Secondary or Adult Beginners.
Contact your nearest teacher for more information.

Aims:

  • To extend the appreciation of good quality music from a wide range of genres (classical, jazz, folk, traditional) through more complex listening activities.
  • To encourage individual performance of in-tune singing with confidence.
  • To continue to develop singing in harmony through canon, 2-parts, 3-parts and 4-parts.
  • To gradually introduce more complex elements in reading and writing rhythm patterns and performing these in parts (eg. Syncopation, anacrusis).
  • To gradually extend the number of melodic elements for reading and writing on the staff, using ‘solfa’ and note-names in major and minor keys.
  • To enable students to sight-sing songs from the staff including modulations into different keys.
  • To explore creativity through improvisation, composition, and arranging accompaniments using voice, percussion (tuned and un-tuned) and any other instruments available (eg. recorder, keyboard, violin).
  • To continue to develop an understanding of metre through conducting.
  • To explore ‘form’ through songs, dances and art music.

Adult musicianship:

An aural/vocal-based musicianship course is as valuable for adults as it is for children, though the teaching sequence is generally modified to suit the learning style of adults. Your local do-re-mi teacher may be able to recommend Kodály-based adult musicianship classes near you.

Beyond musicianship:

Musicianship skills may all be developed to enjoy music for its own sake.
However, many students study musicianship in preparation for, or in conjunction with, individual instrumental lessons or participation in a choir.

Choir:

For many people, choral singing is the most enjoyable of all musical experiences. The Kodály approach to musicianship focuses on singing as the most important means of musical expression. Kodály-based choirs systematically incorporate the development of musicianship skills as well as focusing on good vocal technique.

Choirs built on a strong foundation of Kodály musicianship have excellent sight-reading skills, as well as the capacity to sing beautifully in tune.

As a result they are able to perform an enormous range of music, from many different styles, countries and periods.

Instrumental teaching:

While many instrumental teachers produce outstanding results without using Kodaly-based instruction, Kodály-based musicianship such as do-re-mi provides a superb background for learning a musical instrument and Kodaly-trained instrumental teachers are able to optimize the student’s performance by integrating aural training within the sequence of instrumental technical skill development.