Pre-Certification Level II

An in-depth study of the Kodály Sequential Music Education philosophy and pedagogy for intermediate music students. The second level of Kodály Music Education philosophy and pedagogy is designed for music teachers, choir directors and music education majors. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level I Pedagogy and Musicianship or permission.

PEDAGOGY II further develops the teaching of music literacy to grades 2-4 and older music students through the study of rhythm, melody, harmony, form, and expressive elements. Teaching materials include folk songs, singing games, rounds, and movement activities. Multicultural and art music listening are explored more extensively. A set of lesson plans is developed.

MUSICIANSHIP II concentrates on further development of aural, vocal, and visual skills through sightsinging, ear training, dictation, and arranging based on diatonic scales through the use of movable do. Activities include singing, harmonic analysis, keyboard and written exercises, and composition.

CHORAL EXPERIENCE enhances individual musicianship skills through singing in the CHORAL ENSEMBLE and CONDUCTING challenging repertoire appropriate for different levels of choirs in school, religious, and community-based settings. Students of all levels participate in daily rehearsals and conducting activities.

FOLK SONG RESEARCH II includes the study of Anglo ballads and reviews United States history through song, from colonial to modern times. Each student prepares a collection of thirty songs with Standard Analysis. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Level I Folk Song Research. Offered in summer for seven days, four hours daily; other academic year schedules. To be taken separately from core pre-certification level courses (Pedagogy/Musicianship/Choral Experience).

COURSELOAD: Kodály pre-certification courses are notable for the intensity and density of materials and pedagogy presented. Course requirements include practice of solfege skills with sightsinging, unison and multipart exercises, ear training, dictation, arranging of folk songs, composition of canons, development of sequential lesson plans, peer teaching of music elements and materials, practice of choral repertoire, score preparation and study.

MATERIALS: May vary depending on instructor. Look for updated lists in our Certification Course Folder.