First, We Sing!
Kodaly Inspired Teaching for the Music Classroom
By Susan Brumfield
Kodály-Inspired Teaching and its companion volumes and materials offer guidance and direction for teachers who are new to the Kodály approach. Experienced teachers will find fresh ideas to supplement their materials, along with another perspective on Kodály’s philosophy and its implications for teaching today. Finally, the books and teaching materials include a sample Kodály-inspired curriculum guide, which can be adapted for a variety of school settings.
This Teaching Guide begins with an overview of the Kodály approach and a brief introduction to the philosophy, its tools and materials. It includes a detailed explanation of the “three-step process” (Prepare, Present, Practice) toward musical literacy, as well as a comprehensive look at musical skills and the ways they develop over time. Teachers will find K-5 curriculum mapping and yearly plans to daily lesson plans, suggestions for choosing and using quality repertoire and building apersonal song collection, and a beginning look at pedagogical analysis with ways to make the most of your materials. Lists of easy-to-find songs suggested for reading and writing at each grade level are included, indexed by element and motive.
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