Music teachers of the 21st century need to expand their musical toolbox to adapt to the learning needs of students today, whether in one-to-one teaching, or that of the classroom or ensembles. Dalcroze and Kodály specialists Jerison Harper Lee and Susanna Saw share the same experiential approach to music teaching, and this course delves into strategies to make your lessons fun and engaging through musical games and activities. Learners will go deeper in learning both the Dalcroze and Kodaly approaches, and how both can be integrated into the same music classroom. Suitable for learners with or without experience in both approaches.
IDEAS: develop musical ideas that centralize on student experience and learning abilities.
GAMIFICATION: To develop personal musical abilities through fun games.
BIG PICTURE: To develop a wide view as a music educator looking through the lenses of pedagogical methods.
Jerison received both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts (2016) in Dalcroze pedagogy from the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, Geneva. To further develop his knowledge and skills in working with Dalcroze, he has travelled the world to study with various Dalcroze masters. While he was in Geneva, he also studied piano with renowned pianists, Sergio de Los Cobos and Christine Guye.
With a strong foundation in ballet and dance, he continued to study ballet and modern dance while in Geneva. The combination of mastery in both music and dance furnishes him with a unique ability to truly deliver the essence of Dalcroze Eurhythmics.
Since his return from Switzerland in 2015, Jerison has been actively promoting, conducting and teaching Dalcroze workshops and classes to musicians, dancers and arts educators in Singapore, and has been repeatedly invited to present and teach in many Asian countries. His work has brought him to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Europe, America and Australia.
In 2007, Susanna established the Young Choral Academy in Kuala Lumpur, a venue for choral lovers to learn more about vocal and choral education. She was instrumental in bringing the Kodály Teachers’ Training Course to Malaysia to improve local standards of classroom music teaching. She organised the 24th International Kodály Symposium in August 2019, in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, and through this, hopes to bring more awareness on the Kodály teaching philosophy to the Southeast Asia Region.
From 2007 onwards, Susanna has been regularly invited by the Interkultur Foundation, Germany, to be a member of the Jury for the Asia Pacific and World Choir Games. Susanna has been appointed to the Working Committee for the Asia-Pacific Choral Council, under the auspices of the International Federation of Choral Music (IFCM). Susanna is also an active speaker at various Music Education events promoting effective music teaching in the 21st century. She is also the newly elected Vice-President for the International Kodály Society and the Malaysian Association for Music Education.
Session 1: Introduction to Dalcroze and Kodály Pedagogy
Session 2: Turning complex rhythms into games
Session 3: Learning solfege is not only about listening and singing
Session 4: Improvisation is easy as do re mi!
Session 5: Pedagogical sequence for rhythm
Session 6: Steps to teach sight-singing
Session 7: Incorporating musical elements from Southeast Asia
Session 8: Review of teaching methods