Kodaly in the Second Grade Classroom


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Kodály in the Second Grade Classroom
Developing the Creative Brain in the 21st Century
Kodaly Today Handbook Series
By Micheal Houlahan and Philip Tacka

Kodaly Today Handbook Series

  • First comprehensive handbook to apply Kodaly concepts to teaching music in early childood classrooms
  • Fully integrated with Kodaly Today, Second Edition
  • Based on ten years of field-testing with in-service music teachers in variety of locations
  • Features methodology specifically developed for the 21st century

Houlahan and Tacka use the latest research findings in cognition and perception to create a system not only appropriate for the developmental stages of second grade students but also one which integrates vertically between elementary music classes. The methods outlined in this volume encourage greater musical ability and creativity in children by teaching them to sing, move, play instruments, and develop music literacy skills. In addition, Kodály in the Second Grade Classroom promotes critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration skills. Although the book uses the Kodály philosophy, its methodology has also been tested by teachers certified in Orff and Dalcroze, and has proven an essential guide for teachers no matter what their personal philosophy and specific training might be. 

Numerous children's songs are incorporated into Kodály in the Second Grade Classroom, as well as over 35 detailed lesson plans that demonstrate how music and literacy curriculum goals are transformed into tangible musical objectives. 

Chapter 1: Building the Framework for the second grade Music Curriculum based on the Kodály Concept
Chapter 2: Developing a Music Repertoire: Children as Stewards of Their Cultural and Musical Heritage
Chapter 3: Developing Music skills and Creative Expression: Children as Performers 
Chapter 4: Teaching Strategies
Chapter 5: Unit Plans
Chapter 6: Assessment and Evaluation


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