Thursday, April 19, 2018


Up  there  Kodaly !

Recently discovered  in a pile  of culled   folders  containing  items   relating to music , including early Australian  Music Examination Board theory of music examination papers , was the  1979   monograph  CREATIVE MUSIC-THE KODALY WAY-by Pamela Burton , lecturer in music  at the Kelvin Grove  College of Advanced  Education, Brisbane .

 In the International Year of the  Child , Australia had been   the venue  for an international  symposium  devoted  to  the  ideals of  the Hungarian musicologist  , composer  and educator , Zoltan Kodaly , who spent  much of  his   creative life  writing  music    for  children .
The Kodaly philosophy  was that music should be accessible  to everyone  and that singing is the way  to achieve  this ideal . His technique  was described as being essentially a vocal method  in  which no child learns  a melodic  instrument until he or she  can sing in tune  and is able to read and  write simple pentatonic tunes .
A pilot program was started in  New South Wales primary schools  which by  1979 was in its eighth year. Other  pilot  programs were  set up in Victoria, Queensland  and South Australia .        

Kodaly was  a  contemporary  of  Bartok at the Prague Academy of  Music ;  the two went  into the countryside  collecting  and preserving  old  Hungarian folk songs . The monograph says  Cecil Sharp and Vaughan Williams  carried  out  a  similar project in England. Kodaly succeeded  Vaughan Williams  as chairman of the  International Folk Music Council  60 years later .