Kodály Program Aims To Change Your Music Teaching Forever

Music teachers at Kodaly summer workshop

Posted on March 29, 2019 by Matt Geske

The Kodály Certificate program at Mason empowers K-12 music teachers to use folk music, games, and fun to teach music literacy and raise classroom engagement. Start with Kodály Level I this summer, July 15-26, 2019, or continue with Levels II or III to pursue your Kodály Certificate through our Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) endorsed program.

Directed by Kodály specialist Robbin Marcus, the program takes place in Mason’s School of Music on the Mason Fairfax campus in Fairfax, VA (part of the Washington, DC Metro area). Through an arrangement with the School of Music and the Mason Community Arts Academy, participants can enroll as Non-Credit (still Certificate eligible) or For-Credit (earning Graduate credit through Mason).

“Teachers can expect to improve their own musicianship skills, learn lots of great songs and games to take back to their classrooms, and begin to understand how to sequence their lesson plans for ease in planning,” explained Ms. Marcus. “I enjoy watching our participants really start to get it, and witness them begin to understand how all the different courses fit together like pieces of a puzzle.”


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“Last year, two of our For-Credit students presented me with an electronic copy of all of their work in creating a song collection which was about 5 times the size of the average student’s final collection,” recalled Ms. Marcus. “It was some of the most exceptional work I have ever seen, and I am extremely proud to have been their teacher and their inspiration!”

On the final Friday, along with the concert performance, there will be a special ceremony honoring recently retired Kodály faculty members, Ivy Rawlins Ward and Vicki Dohrmann. All alumni are invited to attend! Plans are also in the works for an after-hours social for all participants, along with local Kodály and Orff teachers, to get together, do some folk dancing, and share together. We are excited to announce that Mason will be hosting the OAKE Eastern Division Fall Tune-Up in October, and details will be shared at the Friday event as well.


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For those who have already completed all 3 Kodály Levels and/or are looking for complimentary or enhanced music educator experiences, our Supplementals week, July 8-12, is just for you! This summer, Brush Up Your Kodály will feature a pedagogy segment examining the Practice period. Students will be making manipulatives and sharing ideas with Ginger Albertson and Beth Anne Young for ways to jazz up all areas of the curriculum during this period. Robbin Marcus will also be bringing Alexander Technique for Music Teachers back by popular demand!

For a limited time, registrants can also sign up for on-campus Housing, for convenient and affordable lodging during their time in the program.




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