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Dr Mihály Ittzés - obituary

It is with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr Mihály Ittzés on Tuesday morning.
Dr Mihály Ittzés became co-worker of the Kodály Institute in 1973. He was for a long time director of the library, for 20 years he was Vice Director of the Institute, a leading  research professor, a key figure in the musical life of the city of Kecskemét. He lectured, gave seminars and workshops in four continents.

Common Singing at the Lutheran Church

Judit Rajk and her students - traditionally - finished the school year with common singing in the Lutheran Church in Kecskemét. The students of the Kodály Institute performed solo vocal works of J.S. Bach, Schütz and Humphrey.

The call #Ode2Joy Challenge

On the occasion of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, Europa Nostra and its President Maestro Plácido Domingo invite all citizens in Europe and beyond to contribute to the #Ode2Joy Challenge. Supported by Ambassadors such as the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO), the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy in Budapest (Hungary) and the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels (Belgium), this participatory initiative celebrates Europe through our common cultural heritage.


The Kodály Institute at the 2018 OAKE Annual Conference

The 2018 Annual Conference of the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) was held in Oklahoma City between 23 and 26 March 2018. In addition to nearly 500 attending teachers (including many former students of the Kodály Institute), five choirs were rehearsing with renowned musicians, including Norbert Nemes László and Lilla Gábor.
The congress started with a mini-conference that László Nemes held. He demonstrated how to make choir performances more exciting, more efficient, and showed creative techniques. He also gave a keynote speech entitled "The Impact of Changing Social and Cultural Environment on the Hungarian Adaptation of Zoltán Kodály's Music Pedagogical Concept". 


New book: In the Footsteps of Zoltán Kodály in Budapest

The aim of this small book is to assist those who wish to visit the places significant in Zoltán Kodály's life and work in Budapest – either in practice or only virtually. Several of the buildings listed here would be visited by the interested reader or tourist anyway unaware of Kodály's links with them. Perhaps they will learn more about his connections to these places from this source. 



A Festive Kodály Event in Dublin

On 10 March, more than sixty former Kodály Institute students, their colleagues, their students, and leading officers of the Irish Kodály Society and its members attended the Dublin event initiated by the Kodály Institute. 


New DVD: Teaching Piano for Begginers

The latest addition to the Institute's Bookshop is the DVD entitled Teaching Piano for Beginners
It comes with an explanatory booklet in English and in Hungarian. 

Now available for purchase.

Please read about the details of this DVD and other publications in the Bookshop.


Special Week at the Institute

Every year, the Institute organises a 3-5-day long programme in February or March, when, instead of the regular lessons, students have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of special lectures, workshops and other activities that do not fit into the regular timetable. 

Scholarships for the 2018-2019 Academic Year

The Foundation for the Kodály Institute is pleased to announce the following scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year:


Scholarships for the Kodály Summer School 2018

Scholarships are available for the Pedagogy Course of the 2018 Summer School of the Institute through the Tempus Public Foundation.

Application deadline is 6 March, 2018.



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