Developing an ear is the most important thing of all. Concentrate first of all on recognizing note and key. The myth of 'perfect pitch' is not innate but a question of practice . . .
Zoltán Kodály, (1882–1967), noted Hungarian composer, musician, and educator believed that a good musician should have a well-trained mind, all in constant development and balance. He also believed that we should teach music and singing at school in such a way so that it's not torture, but a joy for students. He taught that we can instill in them a thirst for finer music which will last for a lifetime.
InterMuse is an intensive two-week graduate summer course designed for musician-teachers who wish to become certified according to the Kodály vision of school, studio, home, and community music education. Kodály teaching concepts and techniques are used in 35 countries on five continents. We teach an ever-evolving, up-to-date, comprehensive, and musically sound curriculum. InterMuse is also the original source for American Kodály-related instrumental teaching.
InterMuse Kodály classwork will help you in developing your own musical proficiency as well as in acquiring key pedagogical skills for establishing or upgrading an existing school, private studio, or community music curriculum. Study with Hungarian and American faculty members who are celebrated Kodály educators and leaders. We will help you make a difference through fine, learner-centered music education.
The certification course (Levels I, II, and III) is endorsed by the Organization of American Kodály Educators with 3 graduate credits per level available, plus customizable, noncredit advanced study. Levels include in-depth course work in sol-fa, conducting, analysis, folk music, and school music pedagogy. OAKE certification is granted upon successful completion of three levels over three summers.
Kodály certification candidates also follow their choice of one of the following specialty tracks for all three levels: Kodály String Pedagogy, Youth-Adult Choral Pedagogy, or Children’s Choir Development.