Summer 2021 registration will be open in March!
Kodály Teacher Training
For Music/ Choral Educators K-12
Change the way you think about teaching music forever! Participate in training sessions in Musicianship, Pedagogy, Kodály Materials, and Choral Music-Making. We will be offering all three levels, leading to a Certificate in Kodály Music Education upon successful completion of Level III – a powerful professional development opportunity and career enhancement. One level may be completed each summer. The courses are also eligible for Teacher Recertification Points in many school systems (please check with your district for verification). We are very proud to be an officially OAKE-endorsed (Organization of American Kodály Educators) program.
COVID Safety Guideline
Please be assured that all in-person programs will follow strict safety protocols required by George Mason University and are subject to pivoting to all virtual platforms if health and safety conditions warrant. We are working closely with Mason officials to provide a safe environment for students, faculty and staff. Required protocols will include masks, social distancing, daily health checks, and more. We will be routinely updating the information as it evolves. Stay informed by visiting our website and looking out for email alerts and other Academy communications.
July 12 – 23, 2021 Levels I – III Courses
July 5 – 9, 2021 Supplemental Courses
What is Kodály?
The great Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodály believed that singing is the primary musical response of children. Beginning with folk songs, children are introduced to the world of art music, from which they develop skills, insight, singing, and analysis to sustain them throughout a lifetime of music appreciation and music making. The study of the Kodály method explores this unique approach to teaching music to children through song and movement.
The Level courses I, II and III are the core courses of Kodály Training. Participants are able to take one two-week level course per summer. Courses are packed full of information, hands-on experiential learning activities, homework assignments (pre-course assignments and on-site assignments), and a participant presentation on the final Friday. Participants who successfully complete Level III will receive an official Kodály Certificate from Mason.
An outstanding selection of Orff Schulwerk and Kodály supplemental courses designed to enrich and extend the experiences, skills, and knowledge gained during Certification are offered the week prior to the Levels courses.
See Supplemental Course List
Credit and Non-Credit Options Available
At Mason, you have the choice of taking Kodály courses as a “FOR-CREDIT” participant and receiving 3 graduate credits for each level (applicable towards the Masters in Music Degree) or enrolling as a “NON-CREDIT” participant. While each has different requirements and costs, both paths lead to certificate awards upon successful completion of Level III!
Kodály Faculty at Mason
The 2020 Kodály Level course faculty at George Mason University are:
- Ginger Albertson (Pedagogy)
- Robbin Marcus (Materials/ Research)
- Beth Anne Young (Choral Studies)
- Sarah Meadows (Solfege)
Beth Anne Young, Program Director
“Taking these courses has fundamentally changed my teaching. My students will benefit from what I learned every day. Thank you!” – Summer 2018 Kodály ParticipantSee More Testimonials
“The faculty is professional, kind and helpful. My overall teaching and musicianship has improved as a result of taking Kodaly levels one and two, and I’m looking forward to level three!” – Summer 2018 Kodály Participant
“A wonderful course! The faculty does a great job of meeting you where you are and helping you grow.” – Summer 2018 Kodály Participant
“I enjoyed all that I learned in this program, and appreciate all of the practical resources that I can take back with me into my teaching! I really benefited from watching our teachers model their teaching and hearing their insight from the real world.” – Summer 2018 Kodály Participant
“I learned so much at this course; it was a very positive experience. I would recommend it for any elementary music teacher!” – Summer 2018 Kodály Participant
“This course gives a very logical, sequential way to teach music. I wish I had learned this as a child.” – Summer 2018 Kodály Participant
“I was apprehensive about this course coming from an Orff background, thinking it would somehow feel contrary to my own teaching philosophies. Instead, I found it very complimentary to what I already do, and it should provide some much-needed structure to my teaching. Thank you!” – Summer 2018 Kodály Participant