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Kodály Institute

Kecskemét, Hungary
  • English
  • Primary & Secondary
  • not defined by institute
  • 15th July, 2017 - 28th July, 2017

in honour of the 135th anniversary of Kodály’s birth
and the 50th anniversary of his death

the 29th International Kodály Seminar will be held
between 15 - 28 July 2017, in Kecskemét, Hungary

with the following specialisations:

I) Music Pedagogy

II) Creative Workshop - composition games

III) Choral Conducting

IV) Zenezen (piano course)

V) Vocal Masterclass for singers, choral singers and voice pedagogues

Arrival date: 16 July 2017 (Sunday, between 10 am and 6 pm)
Departure date: 29 July 2017 (Saturday)

Application form is available HERE.

Registration fee: 20.000 HUF
Participation fee: 170.000 HUF (each course)
Optional class fees:
- Choral conducting, singing games, folk music: 5.000 HUF (six group lessons)
- Chamber singing: 10.000 HUF (six group lessons)
- Voice training 15.000 HUF (individual lessons: 6 x 30 minutes)

Information on accommodation possibilities is available here.

Scholarships are available for the Seminar through the Tempus Public Foundation and the Foundation for the Kodály Institute.

Special programme offer by Violin Travel Ltd. for Kodály Seminar Participants:
Discover Budapest: Architecture, History & Music
Available tour dates: 22 July or July 29, 2017
Application deadline: 31 May
Read more details HERE.

I) Music Pedagogy

Daily schedule (except for Thursday on the second week):
09:00 - 10:00 choir rehearsal
10:30 - 12:30 musicianship according to the Kodály concept
12:45 - 15:45 optional classes: choral conducting, singing games, individual voice training, chamber singing, folk music
16:00 - 18:00 teaching methods (=workshops)
20:00 - 21:00 concert

Each participant can choose one workshop out of the seven options.
Please mark your option on the application form.

Week 1
(1) early childhood music education - Lucinda Geoghegan
(2) elementary classrom (age 5-8) - Borbála Szirányi
(3) lower secondary classroom (age 12-15) - James Cuskelly
(4) solfege methodology for instrumental students (age 6-14) - Marianna Spiegel
(5) tertiary level solfege methodology - Brigitta Kovács
(6) Kokas pedagogy - Katalin Körtvési
(7) contemporary Hungarian choral music - Árpád Tóth

Week 2
(1) upper elementary (9-12) - Borbála Szirányi
(2) upper secondary (16-18) - James Cuskelly
(3) tertiary level methodology for music theory teaching - Suzanne Konings
(4) teaching of jazz theory - Erik Albjerg
(5) choral improvisation - Árpád Tóth
(6) Kokas pedagogy - Katalin Körtvési (repeat of the first week)
(7) introduction to Kodály’s choral music for equal voice choirs - Lenke Igó

II) Creative Workshop - composition games

Faculty: Judit Varga (Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien)

Description of the course:
The course is aiming to develop different creative skills that lead into music composition. Discussing and trying basic compositional techniques, such as harmonization (classical, romantic, modern), counterpoint and formal exercises. Playful exercise techniques for children, since every child is a composer by birth. Tools to develop their creativity, inner hearing and notation techniques. Possibility for individual compositional consultations.
Course language: English, German

Daily schedule:
09:00-10:00 choir rehearsal
10:00-12:30 musicianship
13:00-18:00 group and individual lessons
20:00-21:00 concert

III) Choral Conducting

Faculty: Gabriella Thész, Wilma ten Wolde, Péter Erdei

Description of the course:
The course gives an opportunity for young choral conductors and choral conducting students with a reasonable amount of experience in working with choirs to develop their musical and technical knowledge necessary for the performance of classical choral repertory. The participants will work with Iinternationally renowned ensembles and master teachers. Conductors are expected to have some ability of score reading on the keyboard as well as good ability in singing parts of choral works in solo or small ensemble. The course is dIvided into technical preparation and live choral rehearsals in a laboratory situation where students gain experience in preparing for a public performance as the culmination of the masterclass.
Applicants are expected to have a secure knowledge of the repertoire upon arrival.
On the application form applicants are requested to specify their selection of strand (children’s choir, female youth choir or mixed choir)
Repertory of the course will be fully uploaded later on.

Daily schedule (except for Thursday on the second week):
09:00 - 10:00 choir rehearsal
10:30 - 12:30 musicianship according to the Kodály concept
14:00 - 15:45 conducting technique
16:00 - 18:00 conducting technique/conducting lab
20:00 - 21:00 concert

conductors working with children’s choirs
Leader of the course: Gabriella Thész
Artist-in-residence choir: Columbus Children's Choir, Ohio, USA
Zoltán Kodály:
- Hajnövesztő (Grow, Tresses)
- Katalinka (Ladybird)
- A 150. genfi zsoltár (Psalm 150)
- Esti dal (Evening Song)
Béla Bartók:
- Leánykérő (Choosing of a Girl)
- Lánycsúfoló (Mocking of a Girl)
György Ligeti: Két kánon (Two Canons)
Miklós Kocsár: Cat and Dog
Ferenc Liszt: O Salutaris Hostia
Miklós Csemiczky: Missa Brevis - Kyrie

conductors of youth and female choirs
Leaders of the course: Wilma ten Wolde - conductor (Netherlands Female Youth Choir) and Irene Verburg - soprano and vocal coach
Artist-in-residence choir: National Youth Choir of the Netherlands
In this course you will work on your conducting as well as your vocal development.
You will study the influence of your conducting style on choral sound, intonation and musical freedom.
- How to analyze and solve vocal issues with young singers
- How to achieve a fresh and young, yet full bodied sound
- How to work on flexibility and musical direction
- How to integrate vocal development in rehearsals
- How to develop your own breath and posture and how that effects the singing of a choir

Francis Poulenc: Litanies a la Vierge Noire
Petites Voix
- La Petite Fille Sage
- Le chien perdu
- Le petit garçon malade
Frank Martin: Sonnet
Béla Bartók:
- Madárdal
- Párnás táncdal
Giuseppe Verdi: Laudi alla Vergine Maria
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Hebe deine Augen auf (from Élias)
Hemlig stod jag en morgon - Trad. Swedish Folksong. arr. Susanne Rosenberg


conductors of mixed choirs
Leader of the course: Péter Erdei
Artist-in-residence choir: New Liszt Ferenc Chamber Choir
Zoltán Kodály:
- An Ode for Music
- I Will Go Look for Death
- Media vita in morte sumus
- Fölszállott a páva (The Peacock)
- Jézus és a kufárok (Jesus and the Traders)
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy:
- Der erste Frühlingstag, op. 48.
- Drei Psalmen, op. 78.
- Vier Lieder, op. 100.

IV) Zenezen (piano course)

Faculty: Anikó Novák, Katalin Körtvési

Description of the course: 'ZeneZen' is a piano course that will demonstrate how the different aspects of musical instruction interact with each other and contribute to a holistic experience of musical learning. The master course is recommended not only for professional pianists but piano teachers and general music teachers as well.
The training of students is approached from three perspectives:
(1) piano performance that is supported by
(2) the training of inner musical imagination through the systematic adaptation of the Kodály concept and
(3) the development of the skills of self-expression through the practical adaptation 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 classes are also part of the program.

Daily schedule:
09:00 - 10:00 choir rehearsal
10:30 - 12:30 musicianship and movement improvisation
14.00 - 18:00 individual and group lessons
20:00 - 21:00 concert

Compulsory material:
- one piece by J. S. Bach from the following collections: Kleine Präludien und Fughetten, Two- and Three-part Inventions , Das Wohltemperierte Klavier I. II. (Urtext edition)
- one piece from the Mikrokosmos series I-VI by Béla Bartók
- one or more freely chosen composition according to the applicant's level of experience
The title of the pieces have to be sent together with the application form.

V) Vocal Masterclass for singers, choral singers and voice pedagogues

Faculty: Renáta Darázs, Roland Hajdu, János Klézli, 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:
09:00-10:00 choir rehearsal
10:00-12:30 musicianship
13:00-18:00 individual lessons, performance classes, lectures
20:00-21:00 concert

- one piece from the LIST BELOW
- one recitativo+aria (can be a cantata, oratorio or opera)
- one Kodály-song or folksong arrangement
- one freely chosen song or aria

Further information: pronunciation guide to Kodály pieces will be given before the Seminar.

For new applicants: applicants should be able to sing the pieces together with text from the score.

LIST of songs:
- Mondnacht
- Der Nußbaum
- Im Rhein, im heiligen Strome
- Wie Melodien
- Das Mädchen spricht
- Die Mainacht
- Auf dem Kirchhofe
- Árva vagyok
- Magos kősziklának
- Die Loreley
- Freudvoll und leidvoll
- Der du von dem Himmel bist
- Im Rhein, im schönen Strome
- Die Nacht
- Morgen!
- Gebet
- Elfenlied
- Das verlassene Mägdlein

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