What is Kodály?
So what exactly is Kodály music education?
... and how does it work in early childhood?
Zoltán Kodály (pronounced Co-Die) was a 20th Century Hungarian ethnomusicologist, pedagogue, composer and philosopher. He did a great deal in his lifetime, too much to summarise in just a few sentences, including his tireless work toward reforming Hungarian music education. Underpinning this work was a set of principles upon which Kodály teachers base their work today. These principles include:
- Music should belong to everybody
- Music education should begin as early as possible in a child’s life
- Music should be taught in such a way that it is a joy for the child
- Those who are teaching the very youngest of children must be the very best musicians and teachers
- The singing voice is the very best instrument for a young child to learn to use
- Children must be given an opportunity to develop a ‘musical mother-tongue’ in the same way that they learn their own mother-tongue spoken language