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Carolina Kodály Institute

Presented by Lenoir-Rhyne University in cooperation with the Kodály Educators of North Carolina, the Carolina Kodály Institute offers Levels I, II and III certification courses through intense two-week summer workshops. Lenoir-Rhyne University carries full endorsement by the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE).

Instruction is based on multi-cultural folk songs and art music which includes singing, dancing, games, improvisation, composition, and classroom instruments. Participants will take away teaching strategies and materials which can be used in their own classrooms and choral ensembles. As this is an intense experience, participants may complete only one level per two-week session.

What is the Kodály Concept?

The Kodály concept is a philosophy of music education inspired by Zoltan Kodály (1882-1967), a Hungarian composer, musicologist, and educator. The concept stresses singing as the foundation of children's musical development.

Based on the developmental readiness of the child, the Kodály approach involves a sequential layering of skills and concepts designed to build success for every student. Instruction is based on multi-cultural folk song repertoire and art music and includes singing, dancing, games, improvisation, composition and musical instruments. Comprehensive musicianship, music literacy, and love of music are the ultimate goals.

Kodály Educators Certification

Level I, Level II and Level III Kodály Certification
Programs for certification in Kodály music education entail rigorous in-depth study of this distinctive approach over the course of three summers. Courses are designed to strengthen teachers' musicianship while providing songs, techniques, materials and activities appropriate for use in the classroom. The institute offers Level I, Level II and Level III Kodály Certification. Since the curriculum is progressive, participants may earn their certification in only one of the three levels each summer.

Kodály certification is appropriate for school music teachers, college rising seniors majoring in music education, church musicians, private music instructors and community choir directors.

CEU Credit
North Carolina teachers will earn 7.0 continuing education units. Teachers from other states will receive a certificate of 70 clock hours of professional development activity.

Courses
Kodaly Certification courses fall into five areas.

  • Introduction to the Kodály philosophy, curriculum and methodology.
  • Musicianship: ear training, sight-singing, solfège and dictation.
  • Folk song collection and analysis
  • Choral conducting
  • Choral ensemble

Contacts

Email: kodaly@lr.edu
Phone: (828) 328-7147

Lenoir-Rhyne University Carolina Kodály Institute
P.O. Box 7355
Hickory, NC 28603 828 328 7147

OAKE Endorsement

The Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) seeks to enrich the quality of life of the people of the USA through music education by promoting the philosophy of Zoltán Kodály. Part of that mission is to ensure the highest level of instruction through its rigorous process of instruction program endorsement. This endorsement ensures students are receiving the highest quality of Kodály education possible.

The Carolina Kodály Institute is fully endorsed by OAKE to certify Level I, Level II and Level III Kodály teacher training.

Curriculum

Level I, Level II and Level III Kodály Certification
Programs for certification in Kodály music education entail rigorous in-depth study of this distinctive approach over the course of three summers. Courses are designed to strengthen teachers' musicianship while providing songs, techniques, materials and activities appropriate for use in the classroom. The Kodály Educators of North Carolina and Lenoir-Rhyne University have joined together to offer Level I, Level II and Level III each summer. Since the curriculum is progressive, participants may earn only one of the three levels each summer. Certification is achieved after successful completion of Level III.

Kodály certification is appropriate for school music teachers, college rising seniors majoring in music education, church musicians, private music instructors and community choir directors.

Kodály Certification courses fall into five areas:
  • Introduction to the Kodály philosophy, curriculum and methodology.
  • Musicianship: ear training, sight-singing, solfege and dictation.
  • Folk song collection and analysis
  • Choral conducting
  • Choral ensemble

Instructors

Karen Shuford received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Indiana University, where she studied with Jean Sinor and student-taught with Ruth Boshkoff and Mary Goetze. She received her Kodály Certificate from the Kodály Center of America and her Master's with Kodály Emphasis from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music. She has served on the summer faculty of Kodály teacher training programs at the Kodály Center of America, Converse College, Capital University, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

David Lail received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Lenoir-Rhyne College, where he studied piano, voice, and organ. He received a Master's Degree in Music Education from Winthrop University, concentrating in organ. He earned certification as a Kodály Master Teacher from Capital University.

Cost & Scholarships

While Levels I, II and III are offered, participants register for only one level each summer.
Registration - $675

Registration and payment are due June 14. Late registrations may be accepted by contacting the Institute coordinator at kodaly@lr.edu. The Institute reserves the right to cancel the session in the event of low enrollment. In that case, participants will be notified via email, and refunds will be mailed to the address on record.
Course materials - $225 (estimate) Participants are responsible for purchasing course materials from outside vendors prior to the workshop. A list will be provided.
Meals are available from number of local establishments including the campus snack shop. Participants are responsible for the cost of their own meals.
On-campus housing and linens for 12 nights (does not include blankets) - $235
Concluding banquet - (included with registration)

REGISTER

Scholarships

The Kodály Educators of North Carolina (KONC) are offering two (2) scholarships of $300 for rising seniors, graduating seniors, or recent graduates and two (2) scholarships of $250 for those currently teaching in schools, churches, or private studios. Applications should be submitted by June 5 and should include the following information.

  • One (1) letter or email of support from a professor (students) or employer (teachers)
  • A brief resume describing education, employment history and professional memberships
  • A statement of how Level I, II, or III (specify the level you will be studying this summer) certification will prove beneficial in your work

PERSONAL INFORMATION
Name: Address: City/State/Zip: Phone: Email:
Please submit via email to kodaly@lr.edu.

For further information contact:
Dr. Amalie Hinson Carolina Kodály Institute Lenoir-Rhyne University Music Program P.O. Box 7355 Hickory, NC 28603 kodaly@lr.edu | (828) 328-7147

Housing

Participants indicate that the Fritz Residence Hall is very comfortable. Since the single room rate is only slightly above the rate for double residency, most participants find it more convenient to be able to spread out spread out in a single room. All the female Kodály participants live on the same floor and share one bathroom - males live on another floor. There is a computer lab with a printer and a commons area that has a microwave, TV and couches.

Linens are available for a nominal cost. Blankets are not provided.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the course and what are the class hours? Each level is two weeks long. It starts on a Sunday night for those checking into the residence hall, and the classes start the following Monday morning. Certification is achieved at the conclusion of the third level. While the Carolina Kodály Institute offers concurrent courses in all three levels each summer, participants earn only one level per year. The weekday starts at 8:00 and is usually over by 4:30. Saturday class starts at 8:00 and is over by noon. The Sunday evening class starts at 6:00 and is over by 8:30. There is a banquet on the last Thursday night and a final concert on the afternoon of the last Friday. Students leave right after the concert.

Is it possible to commute? Yes, a commute is possible for students living in the vicinity. A drive over an hour might make very long days as there is work to do in the evenings.

How much homework is involved? You can expect a few hours of homework each evening and each weekend day. As there are over 70 contact hours (plus evening homework), this is an intensive course.

What if I have to miss a class? It is advisable to not miss any classes. If there is a health concern, please do not miss more than one day. The classes move very quickly and it is difficult to keep up if you miss class.

What is Kodály Certification? Kodály certification involves musicianship, pedagogy (lesson sequencing), folk song analysis (literature and games), choral conducting, choir, and special topics (different topics each summer). Each summer, the students take all of the above classes at their level. Students enter the course at Level I, continue the next summer at Level II and complete the course the following summer at Level III. Students are not considered certified until they have completed Level III. Participants receive a certificate for 7 CEUs at the end of each level.

What is OAKE endorsement? OAKE is the Organization of American Kodály Educators (www.oake.org). Kodály Educators of North Carolina (KONC) is an affiliate chapter of OAKE. OAKE has a program of accreditation or accountability for Kodály teacher certification courses. This insures students are receiving the highest quality of Kodály education possible.

What is it like to live in the residence hall? Participants indicate that the residence hall is very comfortable. Since the single room rate is only slightly above the rate for double residency, most participants find it more convenient to be able to spread out spread out in a single room. All the female Kodály participants live on the same floor and share one bathroom - males live on another floor. There is a computer lab with a printer and a commons area that has a microwave, TV and couches.

What do I need to bring to live in the residence hall? You will need to bring blankets, bath items, and a lamp. Some participants have found it helpful to bring a small fridge or ice chest for food items. We suggest that you bring a computer (although a desktop computer lab is available in the music building) , printer, surge protector, printer paper, staff paper, MP3 or CD player, metronome, and office supplies (3 hole punch, notebook binder, spiral notebook or notebook paper, white out, paper clips, stapler, tape, scissors, glue stick, ruler, sticky notes, marker, highlighter, colored pencils, folders). Some students have chosen to bring a piano keyboard, but pianos are readily available in the music building. You may wish to bring a lightweight jacket or sweater. Comfortable clothes are recommended as there will be activities on the floor and some game playing. You might wish to bring one nice black outfit for the concert on Friday and nice clothes for the banquet the last Thursday night.

What qualifications are needed to participate in the course? The course is designed for those teaching music or studying music education. If you are finishing at least your junior year of college as a music major or have a music degree already you are well prepared for Kodály certification training. If you do not have a degree but are working intensively in the field of music, please contact the program director for consultation.

How will Kodály training help my teaching? If you ask any Kodály student this question, the first answer is: "I increased my musicianship ten-fold!" In order to teach music, we need to be the highest quality musicians possible. The Kodály method is based on sequenced teaching. Regardless of the grade level you teach, your students need a strong foundation at their level. The Kodály philosophy breaks down sequencing, enabling teachers to identify each step necessary for good musical development in children. Choral training is also an important component of the methodology.

Contact

Information
kodaly@lr.edu

Program Director
Amalie Hinson, Ph.D.

Curriculum Director
Kodály Educators of North Carolina

Administrative Director
Daniel W. Kiser, D.M.A Dean, College of Arts & Sciences