The Kodály and Orff Approaches to Music Education

Zoltan Kodály

The philosophies of Zoltan Kodaly and Carl Orffserve as the foundation for what I do.  I completed Orff Level I at the Eastman School of Music in 2004 and all of my Kodaly levels at New York University in 2009.  The Kodaly approachframes most of how I teach., with its careful selection and sequencing of materials as well as the development of musicality and musicianship through singing.  Orff’s focus on the use of speech and rhyme, creativity using movement, improvisation, and Orff instruments are also

Carl Orff

very important aspects of my approach to teaching.  I am fortunate to have a great network of creative, intelligent, and well-trained music educators.  I get great ideas from them and from my own reading and exploration.

Music education.  In its own right, music is a critically important subject for students to study.  Music has the power to transform our students.  Hearing a beautiful piece of music can evoke powerful feelings and memories.  Attending a concert on a field trip can open a whole new world for a student.  Through learning to sing, play instruments, and read music, they learn patience and the rewards of putting time and effort into something.  It can also be used to enhance social studies, reading and writing, math, art, and most other subjects.  Music education is too important to be left to chance.  But, many music teachers work in isolation from other music teachers and do not benefit from the plethora of great ideas that are out there…………


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