The Educators

The Educators

There are four very successful approaches to teaching music to children developed by highly skilled and gifted composers and musicians. Each of them seem to have at their core that music is a language to be heard, felt and experienced throughout the body. Here we will discuss the various philosophies and methods of these wonderful educators who devoted their lives to bringing music into the world of the child.




Kodaly

Hungarian composer and folk music expert Zoltan Kodaly is responsible for this method of teaching. While this method was not actually invented by Zoltan Kodaly, it was his students and colleagues who developed this method based on his teachings in the mid 20th century. Using the voice as the main instrument by which to learn music, the method follows a sequence of listen-sing-understand-read-write-create.

The Philosophy

Elevate the level of teacher training. Improve musical literacy in schools. Everyone is capable and has the right to musical literacy. Singing is the foundation of musical learning.Music education must begin with the very young

In the Kodaly method children are introduced to music via listening, singing and movement. Kodaly. This method also includes several other techniques inspired by other educators, such as Suzuki, Cheve and Dalcroze. In a nutshell, the Kodaly method advises that children, at a very young age, should have music introduced to them in a developmentally appropriate way using songs, rhythm and movement, diatonic scales and moveable do solfege.




Dalcroze

Emile Jacques-Dalcroze was a swiss composer and music educator born 1865 and died 1950 and developed Eurhythmics. With the influence of his mother, who was a music teacher, Dalcroze began his music education in his early years and went on to study music at the Conservatorie de Musique in Vienna. He became interested in composition and it was his association with Mahais Lussy that helped him develop his philosophies of the importance of rhythmic development in musical education.

The Philosophy

Dalcroze Eurhythmics teaches rhythm, structure and musical expression using movement. Based on a kinesthetic style of learning, it focuses on the student gaining a physical awareness of rhythm. The goal is to provide the student with a solid rhythmic foundation through movement.

Eurythmics has three fundamental components - solfege singing, using a fixed do (tonic), kinetic exercises developing musical skills through movement, and improvisation using instruments, movement and voice.




Orff Schulwerk

Orff Schulwerk is a music education programme. Schulwerk simply means 'school work' and this programme was designed by German composer and musician Carl Orff, (1895 - 1982). His programme specifically deals with the needs of a child and has been designed to nourish the musicality of children in the way they naturally learn - through play, movement and experimenting.

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Suzuki

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Schillinger

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