Adapting Kodály for Music Classrooms and Ensemble Rehearsals (Primary)

Instructor: Susanna Saw (Young Choral Academy)
Duration: 6 x 90-min sessions
Schedule: Fridays, 8-9.30pm SGT (Sep 24, Oct 1, Oct 8, Oct 15, Oct 22, Oct 29)

 

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This is the introductory course to help music teachers adapt Kodály teaching ideas in their music classroom or ensemble rehearsals. The sessions will focus on methodology and musicianship, to help teachers have a better understanding on how they can work with their students on solfege singing, rhythm reading, and the process of planning for lessons.

Week 1

Musicianship:
For Lower Primary level
– Introducing solfege singing
– How to start teaching rhythm

Methodology:
– Teaching Strategy

Week 2

Musicianship:
For Upper Primary level
– Different repertoire and activities for introducing solfege singing and rhythm reading

Methodology:
– From known to unknown

Week 3

Musicianship:
– Continuation of solfege singing and rhythm reading

Methodology:
– Designing the Teaching Strategy

Week 4

Musicianship:
– Part-singing

Methodology:
– Analysing teaching materials

Week 5

Musicianship:
– A small test

Methodology:
– Preparation for the Practicum session

Week 6

Practicum:
– A session for participants to practice their teaching

Susanna Saw is an active music educator promoting music and choral education in Malaysia. She obtained her Master in Music Education (Choral Focus) from Westminster Choir College, U.S.A. She is currently a Lecturer and Choir Director at the Faculty of Music at University of Malaya (UM) and the Malaysian Institute of Art (M.I.A.)

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.

From 2007 on, 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.  She is also the Vice-President for the International Kodály Society and the Malaysian Association for Music Education.

Participants will learn to do lesson plannings and some practicums. There will be short assignments and musicianship exercises.

Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to any queries you might have.