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The Philosophy behind the Teaching

Zoltán Kodály believed that everyone has the ability and the right to be musically literate. He stated "[...] It is only the primary schools which can do the work" and "Teach music and singing at school in such a way that it is not torture but a joy for the pupil; instil a thirst for finer music in him[/her], a thirst which will last for a lifetime."


The Kodály Philosophy is a developmental and sequential approach to teach musical literacy through singing, playing and a world of discovery. The approach is taught using children's folksongs introducing musical experiences through singing and play. When the musical concepts become familiar the notation is introduced. These concepts are constantly being reviewed whilst new ones are being prepared. Using such a clear structure can empower the children to be confident in their creativity, ultimately leading to joyful music making and an ever growing sense of achievement.


*All quotes are taken from "Zoltán Kodály - Music should belong to everyone": 120 quotations from his writings and speeches.

For further information about the Kodály Philosophy please visit the British Kodály Academy website.
Please read the following article showing the power Kodály music teaching has in schools.

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