The Kodály (pronounce Co-dye) music philosophy is originally based on the Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodály. Kodály
stated that music education is the right of every child. He established
that a sequential, cumulative and developmental program, based on an
aural-vocal approach, is the most inclusive and effective way to develop
musical literacy for people of all age groups.
The Kodály approach to music is seen as an academic, sequential and successful pedagogy, not only around Australia, but also around the world. It is used mostly in primary and secondary schools in Australia, but used extensively in universities internationally.
Many professional development workshops are available for teachers of early childhood, primary, middle school, secondary, and tertiary sectors.
The Kodály SA Branch website: www.kodalysa.com
The Kodály national website: www.kodaly.org.au
From 'Selected Writings of Zoltán Kodály'
"The characteristics of a good musician can be summarized as follows: 1. A well-trained ear.
2. A well-trained intelligence. 3. A well-trained heart. 4. A
well-trained hand. All four must develop together, in constant
equilibrium. As soon as one lags behind or rushes ahead, there is
something wrong. So far most of you have met only the requirement of
the fourth point: the training of your fingers has left the rest far
behind. You would have achieved the same results more quickly and
easily, however, if your training in the other three had kept pace." (Kodály, 1954)