Borbála Szirányi

Position at the Institute: Master Teacher
Subjects taught: Methodology, Musicianship, School Observation, Teaching Practice, Teaching Materials

Borbála Szirányi graduated in music education and choral conducting at the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest. She is one of the most sought after figures of the Hungarian music education scene with a significant and broad scope of Kodály-based music education. Her teaching and conducting activities with children’s choir have qualified her for various expert positions as well. 

She has had extensive experience in classroom music education since 1994 in lower and upper classes of regular and music primary schools including the music school of the Hungarian State Opera House’s Children’s Choir (1996–2015), the Kós Károly Elementary School in Budapest and the Calvinist Elementary School in Kecskemét (since 2014). All are the finest examples of school music education that Kodály and his fellows dreamt about and established in Hungary. Both of her current schools are Model Schools of the initiative of the Kodály Institute called „Kodály revisited in the 21st century”, a project aiming at safeguarding and excelling the Kodály concept in the 21st century, with Borbála belonging to the team of experts since 2014. 

She joined the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in 2010, where she teaches Methodology, Solfege, Choral Conducting and School Observation (it covers school observation followed by analytical discussion. Plus, she supervises the teaching practice of the Institute’s MA students). 

In addition to her work in Hungary, she regularly gives Kodály courses all over the world. 


Teaching experience abroad: 

2000 – 2006: Visiting Professor at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing where the Kodály programme was launched at her direction 

2000: Visiting Professor in the Kodály programme at the Holy Names College in Oakland, California, USA 

She has conducted Kodály courses in Santiago (2022, 2023), Helsinki (2022), Chengdu (2019),  Dublin (2013, 2014, 2019, 2023), Huddersfield (2019), Kristiansand (2019), Nottingham (2019), Oslo (2019), Aveiro (2018), Melbourne (2018), Moscow (2018), Perth (2018), Buenos Aires (2017), Telford (2017), Bucharest (2016), Wales (2015, 2016), Singapore (2013, 2014), Canton, (2005, 2006) and Shanghai (2001), and a choir-workshop for the Hong Kong Treble Choir in 2010. 

She has been held several online courses as well: the British Kodály Academy - 2020 online course; Holy Names College - 2020 online summer course; Accredited Certificate (Kodály) Music Education by the Phoenix Collective – 2021, 2022 online courses. 


Artistic activity: 

1996 – 2015: Choir Conductor at the music school of the Hungarian State Opera House’s Children’s Choir 

2000 – 2006: Choir Conductor of the female and mixed choirs of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing (both founded under her guidance). They performed several concerts with both Western European and Chinese programmes, worked together with the Chinese conductor Muhai Tang and published a CD. 


Scholarly activity: 

2014 – 2021: Expert of the „Active Music Learning Research Group” comprised of the pedagogues and researchers of the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy and the Brain Imaging Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences 


Project experience: 

2018 – present: Expert in conducting Continuous Professional Training courses for music teachers within the frame of the initiative of “Singing Everyday in Schools” of the Ministry of Human Capacities 

2018 – present: Expert in the development of  “Move mi Music” application for music to teach musical reading and writing in a playful way in the footsteps of Zoltán Kodály and Jenő Ádám 

2016 – 2019: Expert in the collaborative project of Kodály HUB – Sing, Learn, Share which resulted in the internationally recognised knowledge centre Kodály HUB  


Borbála Szirányi teaching in lower primary class

Borbála Szirányi on teaching children 

Borbála Szirányi on the Kodály method 

Borbála Szirányi on the Kodály method today

Borbála Szirányi's demonstration class

Borbála Szirányi's demonstration class

Borbála Szirányi's demonstration class