Kodály Summer School 2018

15 – 28 July, 2018

The Kodály Summer School brings world-renowned master teachers and performing artists to the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music, Kecskemét, Hungary for an unparalleled combination of summer music education and musical performances.




Description of the course:

The aim of this course is to offer a model of musicianship training that employs all musical skills, including sight-reading, harmonic skills and musical memory.

This course also provides models for the practical use of the Kodály music educational concept and deals with questions of the adaptation of the Hungarian music education practice into different musical environment.

Daily schedule of the course:

9 – 10 am: choir rehearsal

10:15 – 11 am: musicianship according to the Kodály concept (introductory, basic, lower intermediate, upper intermediate, advanced groups)

11:15 – 12 am: musicianship according to the Kodály concept (introductory, basic, lower intermediate, upper intermediate, advanced groups)


1 – 4 pm: optional classes

because of the schedule we suggest to choose one optional class from the following a)-b):

a) Singing games (ages 5-18)

b) Individual voice training (4 times x 30 minutes)

c) Individual piano lessons (4 times x 30 minutes)

d) Vocal ensemble (4 times x 30 minutes)

4 – 6:00 pm: WORKSHOPS – each participant can choose one workshop from the following 1-5:

  1. Early childhood music education (Lucinda Geoghegan)
    Focus on the musical development of the young child from birth till age 6: development of singing abilities, rhythmic skills, listening skills and lesson planning.
  2. Primary school music education (Edina Barabás)
    Focus on development of musical abilities in the primary school: singing, development of musical and generative skills, teaching of musical reading and writing based on the use of relative solmisation, development of listening skills, pedagogical materials
  3. Secondary school music education (James Cuskelly, DLA)
    The workshops in this course will deal with issues such as: selecting age-appropriate musical repertoire for teaching older student, effective and creative teaching methods, diverse learning skills, competence based music education, folk music and world music repertoire and teaching of contemporary music.
  4. Kokas pedagogy (Katalin Körtvési)
    Introduction to the Kokas pedagogy developed by one of Hungary’s most inspiring music pedagogues, the late Klára Kokas, who proved that the Kodály concept of music education is not a closed educational system but it can be complemented by various creative pedagogical approaches. The most distinct feature of the Kokas pedagogy is the free movement improvisation to classical master works or folk music all of which creates a unique opportunity for the development of listening competencies and self-expression.
  5. Improvisation workshop (Mónika Benedek, DLA)
    The aim of this workshop is to integrate improvisation into the Kodály Concept with especial emphasis on singing and using relative solmisation. Participants will experience various aspects of improvisation can be used in the classroom teaching in particular the aural skills /solfege/musicianship/ear-training and music theory lessons, and also in the choir rehearsals. However, classical music will be in focus in the workshop, participants will explore improvisation across the musical genres. (They are also encouraged to bring their own instrument to the second week of workshop).

8 – 9 pm: Concerts of the Kodály Art Festival



Faculty: Renáta Darázs (DLA), Roland Hajdu, János Klézli (DLA), Éva Madarász, Balázs Székely

Description of the course:
The course stands on individual lessons, performance classes and lectures. Individual lessons give opportunity for the participants to develop their vocal technique, musical sensitivity and performing skills. The performance classes are based on the given repertory of the course and deal with the analysis and the background of the pieces. Lectures specialise on questions of vocal technique and voice pedagogy.

Daily schedule of the course:

9 – 10 am: choir rehearsal
10 – 12 am: musicianship
1 – 6 pm: individual lessons, performance classes, lectures
8 – 9 pm: Concerts of the Kodály Art Festival


– one song by any composer on the theme „flowers“
– one song by any composer on the text by Goethe
– one art song or folksong arrangement by Zoltán Kodály
– freely chosen songs



Faculty: Anikó Novák, Katalin Körtvési

Description of the course:

The “ZeneZen” course is recommended for piano teachers, music teachers and concert pianists alike. Participants will be guided toward the artistic interpretation of the repertory through the interconnection of three different pedagogical approaches.

We approach the training of students from three perspectives: (1) piano playing skills are improved through (2) the training of inner musical imagination through the systematic use of Kodály-based musicianship training and (3) the development of the skills of self-expression through the pedagogical tools of the Kokas pedagogy.

The Master Course is thus built on three main pillars:

  • Piano class and coaching
  • Musicianship training
  • Free movement improvisation to music inspired by the Kokas pedagogy.

Individual piano lessons form the core of the programme.

Maximum number of participants 12.


Compulsory material:

(1) one piece by J. S. Bach from the following collections: Kleine Präludien und Fughetten, Two- and Three-part Inventions (Urtext edition)
(2) one piece from the Mikrokosmos series I-VI by Béla Bartók.
(3) one freely chosen composition
The title of the pieces have to be sent together with the application form.


Daily schedule of the course:

9 – 10 am: choir rehearsal
10:15 – 11 am: musicianship
11:15 – 12 am: free movement improvisation
1-6 pm individual lessons, performance classes, lectures




Date of arrival: Sunday, 15 July, 2018
Date of departure: Saturday, 28 July, 2018
Classes begin at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, 16 July, 2018

This is to remind you that on the first day of the Seminar there will be a written placement test in order to organise the musicianship groups at different levels.

The detailed programme of the course, based on the programme available at the homepage of the Institute, will be given to the participants upon arrival. This is to inform you that there is no teaching on 21 and 22 July (Sunday and Saturday), 2018.

All participants of the Summer School will sing in a Choir and will perform at the closing concert of the Course Therefore you are advised to bring appropriate clothing (black shoes, black trousers/skirts, blouse or T-shirt) to fit the final concert.


Please download the APPLICATION FORM from here: summerschool_2018_application.




Registration fee: 20.000 HUF (non-refundable)

Course fee: 170.000 HUF

Cost of optional classes: vocal ensemble, singing games: 5.000 HUF

individual lessons: 10.000 HUF

Information about payment possibilities and deadline will be sent in the letter of acceptance.


ACCOMMODATION: for the types of rooms available please see this pdf document

The hotels reserve the right to change their prices.

For further information please contact:

Dr. Laura Kéri

e-mail: lkeri@kodaly.hu, office@kodaly.hu