Welcome to theKodály Music Institute Song Retrieval System website!
This site is to assist participants in the Kodaly Music Institute (KMI) renowned training courses to complete the independent song collection and retrieval system thesis project. It is also designed to be used with the Level IV retrieval course, either as an online course or as a regular course, which is primarily an independent-study project under the supervision of one of KMI's master instructors. Class members will work with the instructor and classmates predominantly online through web conferencing and email, with the bulk of the work being accomplished independently.
The goal of the Level IV course, as well as the ongoing song analysis course work in Levels I, II and III, is to develop a personal song collection and retrieval system that will enable a teacher to quickly access applicable teaching materials for nearly any element, concept, or skill area. Each participant will have a minimum of 125 songs and pieces of music (pre-approved by the instructor) relevant to one's personal teaching situation analyzed and filed alphabetically into a song collection. Every song or piece of music will then also be entered into an extensive retrieval system notebook, or via a computerized database, according to dozens of musical, pedagogical, cultural, and interdisciplinary categories.
Rationale: The Kodály system of music education is based upon using quality musical materials (to which students normally would not have easy access or exposure). Kodály felt that the best beginning materials for learning music consist of folk songs of the ethnic heritage(s) of the children being taught, what he frequently referred to as each child's "musical mother tongue." Once children begin the journey of musical literacy instruction, other quality materials such as multicultural world music, Jazz and classical selections should be added. As Kodály was an eminent musicologist and researcher of folk songs in his native Hungary, so too are Kodály-trained music educators expected to do considerable music research into materials relevant to their students.
Having intense experiences researching, singing, playing musical games, and analyzing this material gives each teacher a unique perspective about the quality of the materials as well as what are common melodic and rhythmic patterns. The frequency of such patterns primarily dictates the sequence of learning chosen for each school or class. This knowledge is key to planning curricula and units of study for students in any given school.
Required texts and materials: The following Technology Tools are required:
Good Internet and e-mail access; basic computer skills
Web conferencing capabilities. This course will be using vyew.com's free web conferencing, which does not require you to download anything onto your computer. You should sign up for a free account prior to the start of the course in order to have full capabilities at vyew.com. While not required, web conferencing is enhanced when your computer has built-in cam, microphone, and speakers, or purchase separately to plug into your laptop or desktop computer. (Cams, speakers, and mics are relatively inexpensive and can be purchased at any computer store or online). Speakers or earphones are required in order to hear lectures by the instructor.