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The Kodaly Method I: Comprehensive Music Education (3rd Edition) [Hardcover]

Lois Choksy
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Oct. 14 1998 0139491651 978-0139491658 3

Designed to provide sample month-by-month and yearly plans for each grade level from one to six, this step-by-step guide features a collection of more than 200 songs—many of which are new to the Third Edition—organized precisely in the sequence of the Kodaly Method. It presents a highly sequential music program in which singing, moving, listening, musical reading and writing, improvising and composing are the means through which children develop skills and acquire knowledge about melody, harmony, rhythm, form, tempo, timbre, and dynamics.


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Designed to provide sample month-by-month and yearly plans for each grade level from one to six, this step-by-step guide features a collection of more than 200 songs—many of which are new to the Third Edition—organized precisely in the sequence of the Kodaly Method. It presents a highly sequential music program in which singing, moving, listening, musical reading and writing, improvising and composing are the means through which children develop skills and acquire knowledge about melody, harmony, rhythm, form, tempo, timbre, and dynamics.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive book on the Kodaly Method June 28 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I read the first edition of Choksy's "Kodaly Method" after my first year of teaching, and thought, "why didn't they teach me this in college?". The next year, I bought the second edition when it came out, and used it as a guide for teaching for many years. It had become so tattered and worn, but I still referred back to it. I broke down and bought the third edition last summer, while doing my level 2 Kodaly certification. I wasn't sure I wanted to pay that much for the book, but it has been worth it.
For anyone starting out in teaching music, you need this book. It gives grade by grade guidance of what to teach, how to teach it, and suggested materials to use. You might not set up your curriculum exactly as stated in the book, but you will definitely find useful teaching examples for the main concepts at each grade level.
The song anthology in the back has been expanded and is more complete than ever before. There is quite a bit of pedagogical information for each song, that is included in this edition.
My only question is "Why don't American colleges and universities use this method as the basis for preparing its teachers?". It is definitely the most thorough and sound foundation to build upon at the undergraduate level; then procede into Orff-Schulwerk training at the graduate level. Both of these approaches have been so integrated into American music teaching, they deserve more intensive study in teacher preparation than the casual mention or superficial discussion that they seem to currently receive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive book on the Kodaly Method June 28 2004
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Format:Hardcover
I read the first edition of Choksy's "Kodaly Method" after my first year of teaching, and thought, "why didn't they teach me this in college?". The next year, I bought the second edition when it came out, and used it as a guide for teaching for many years. It had become so tattered and worn, but I still referred back to it. I broke down and bought the third edition last summer, while doing my level 2 Kodaly certification. I wasn't sure I wanted to pay that much for the book, but it has been worth it.
For anyone starting out in teaching music, you need this book. It gives grade by grade guidance of what to teach, how to teach it, and suggested materials to use. You might not set up your curriculum exactly as stated in the book, but you will definitely find useful teaching examples for the main concepts at each grade level.
The song anthology in the back has been expanded and is more complete than ever before. There is quite a bit of pedagogical information for each song, that is included in this edition.
My only question is "Why don't American colleges and universities use this method as the basis for preparing its teachers?". It is definitely the most thorough and sound foundation to build upon at the undergraduate level; then procede into Orff-Schulwerk training at the graduate level. Both of these approaches have been so integrated into American music teaching, they deserve more intensive study in teacher preparation than the casual mention or superficial discussion that they seem to currently receive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Key book for the elementary music educator Jan. 27 2005
By Kari - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book provides a solid foundation for teaching with Kodály method in the United States. As well as curriculum ideas for Kindergarten through grade 6, there are many songs for classroom use.

I think that if you will be teaching Kindergarten you should also own Music in Preschool by K. Forrai. This book gives only passing notice to the Kindergarten year, in my opinion
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful literature about real music April 12 2009
By Rita Cassia T. Alsina - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Here you find a accessible explanation about basic but unknow concepts of learning music. Its worth read each page with atention.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kodaly Method I: Comprehensive Music Education (3rd Edition) May 17 2007
By Custard Puff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
a very helpful book especially for inexperience music teacher like me, loads of ideas which stimulate and also help me to create other new ideas.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great, but needs adaptation July 1 2013
By S.L. - Published on Amazon.com
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This method for teaching music is wonderful. The pacing and curriculum order are great, and there are a lot of ideas on how to teach that I never would have thought of on my own. However, a lot of the songs don't seem very authentic for use in America, so be prepared to use some of your own songs. The book seems to follow pretty closely the original Kodaly method, which was based off of Hungarian folks songs. The children's music there seems to use a lot of sol-me-la patterns, but American folk music emphasizes me-re-do patterns a lot more. I've heard criticisms concerning the rhythmic teaching, too, since phrases in English tend to start with pickup notes, but I don't find this to be too much of an issue. When playing echo games, kids are able to start phrases off the beat pretty easily so long as the teacher has a strong sense of beat. And when beginning to learn rhythmic notation, I don't mind starting with music that starts on the beat.
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