July 14-27, 2013
Kodály Teacher Training: Levels I, II, III
July 12-14, 2013
Folk Dancing, Movement & Improvisation: Sequencing for Success
The Kodály concept is a philosophy of music education inspired by Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist, and educator, Zoltán Kodály. It stresses singing as the foundation of children’s musical development. Based on the developmental readiness of the child, the Kodály approach involves a sequential layering of skills and concepts designed to build success for every student. Instruction is based on multi-cultural folk song repertoire and art music, and includes singing, dancing, game-playing, improvisation, composition, and musical instruments. Comprehensive musicianship, music literacy, and love of music are the ultimate goals. The JMU course is one of only 23 endorsed by the Organization of American Kodály Educators.
James Madison University offers a Master of Music with a concentration in music education. Both traditional and summer-only programs are available. Six hours of Kodály course credit may be applied toward this degree.
JMU is located in the heart of the beautiful and historic Shenandoah Valley. Part of the state university system, it serves over 17,000 students. The School of Music offers training to 425 undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of fields including music education. Visitors may wish to explore Shenandoah National Park and the Appalachian Trail, see Monticello, raft the Shenandoah River, tour Civil War Battlefields or attend performances of the Shenandoah Music Festival in Orkney Springs – all within an hour of JMU. Washington D.C. is a two-hour trip and historic Williamsburg and beaches are a half-day’s travel.