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Shepherd's Department of Music to offer free introductory workshop on Kodály on June 1

ISSUED: 21 May 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens
(Shepherd's Department of Music to offer free introductory workshop on Kodály on June 1)

Shepherdstown, WV--The Shepherd University Department of Music will be offering music educators a free Introduction to Kodály workshop on Saturday, June 1 from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. in the Pantle Music Education room 125 of Frank Center.

Kodály music pedagogy involves singing, folk songs, teaching techniques and organizers that can be applied to other musical styles. Comprehensive and sequential, it focuses on the very best music in many styles. In this hands-on workshop participants will sing various folk songs in a few different languages, play singing games, dance a play party, explore iconic and symbolic music reading with technology, sing improvisations, and listen to the music of Giuseppe Verdi, W. A. Mozart, Stevie Wonder, Vince Guaraldi, and John Williams. Curriculum organizational aids will be examined. Refreshments and a handout on all the materials and teaching strategies used in the workshop will be provided. Information about Shepherd's Kodály I summer graduate course that is being offered in July and the Master of Music, Music Education program will be available.

The Kodály Level I course will take place July 1-12 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Frank Center. The daily schedule will include musicianship, ear training and sight singing, pedagogy, folk song literature, and special topics including conducting, folk dance, instruments, and choir. The course, taught by Dr. David Gonzol and Julie Swank, is available for graduate credit for both degree and non-degree seeking students.

The Kodály Method is an approach to music education that was developed in Hungary during the mid-20th century. Though named after Hungarian composer and educator Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967), the method itself was not created by him. His philosophies of education served as inspiration for the method. At the heart of the Kodály Method is his belief that music literacy is the right of every human being. Kodály stressed that anyone who is capable of reading language is also capable of reading music.

Studies have shown that the Kodály Method improves intonation, rhythm skills, music literacy, and the ability to sing in increasingly complex parts. Outside of music, it has been shown to improve perceptual functioning, concept formation, motor skills, and performance in other academic areas such as reading and math.

The Introduction to Kodály workshop is free, but space is limited. For registration information, contact Dr. David Gonzol, director of music education at Shepherd, at 304-876-5225 or, or visit


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