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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! Kodály Seminar 2020, Special Edition marking the 50th anniversary of the first seminar in Kecskemét. Shifted to an on-line mode, the legendary Kodály Summer Seminar invites all of you from July 20 to 24 and from July 27 to 31, 2020.

The National Youth Choir of Scotland education team is keen to help teachers, parents and children who are unable to go to schools, music lessons or to do any joint musical activity, as a consequence of the isolation rules in the current coronavirus pandemic. 

Careful hand washing is extremely effective at limiting the spread of respiratory viruses, such as the new coronavirus, so any new initiative of teaching proper handwashing is important.

Thank you all for taking part in this exciting contest for our 1000th record in the Songbook. Our experts have been busy checking the songs and games you uploaded, the competition was very tight. We are glad to announce our winner: Esther Hargittai from the UK (teacher of the Guildhall School - Junior Guildhall, tutor of the British Kodály Academy and frequently holds master courses in Israel). We contacted her for a short interview, please see below. Thank you again, keep uploading :)

First of all congratulation for uploading the 1000th record onto the Songbook! If you don’t mind we’d like to ask you some questions :)

KodályHUB: How did you learn about the competition?
Esther Hargittai: I saw the advert on Facebook.

We are happy to announce that the long-awaited English edition of the film Katalin Forrai's Music Educational Principles in Practice (Ed. Ilona Gróh and Helga Dietrich) is available!


Dear Kodaly HUB Community,

As you may have noticed we are about to reach 1000 records in our Songbook (if you haven’t registered yet, do it now quickly so you have access to our diverse, rich and remarkable Songbook with games, activities etc.).

To celebrate this milestone the Kodály HUB team has a little competition for you: the user uploading the 1000th record will get  a copy of one of the Kodály Institute’s available books/publications (upon the winner’s choice).

Dear Users,

Since launching Kodaly HUB we see that it is enjoying an ever increasing popularity with many new registered users every day from all over the world. We also see that you enjoy checking out the Songbook, different articles, Publications.

However, not everybody feels confident enough to share their games, songs. We would like to encourage all the users to create, submit and share their records. We made a tutorial video therefore to guide you how to create and upload your material. We hope it will help you with the procedure.

Kodály HUB, established to develop innovative methods in music education, became the first Hungarian-led higher education Erasmus project to be awarded “Good Practice” and “Success Story” qualifications. The initiative, led by the Liszt Academy of Music in collaboration with prestigious Scottish and Dutch partner institutions, is gaining recognition in more and more countries.

The European Union’s recently completed Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project, led by the Liszt Academy of Music in cooperation with the Scottish and The Hague Royal Academy of Music, resulted in the launch of the Kodály HUB, a free online music education knowledge centre.

The site available for months, helps music teachers to design more enjoyable lessons that are based on Kodály's principles. The objective is to endear music lessons to students, thereby heightening the personality development impact of music.

This long-awaited volume of Kodály’s writings on music education contains articles, speeches and interviews by the world-renowned composer, ethnomusicologist and pedagogue.

Edited by the great Kodály scholar, Mihály Ittzés (1938–2018) and published by the Liszt Academy of Music under the auspice of Mrs. Kodály, the book exhibits different texts which originally had different purposes, some of them are longer, some consist of only one or two paragraphs, but the reader can feel the perfectly coherent aesthetic and intellectual world view behind them: the importance of singing and solmization in music education, the belief in the unquestionable value of folksongs and Western art music, the assumption that music can help us become better human beings – every page of this book is impregnated with these ideas.

Sergio de la Ossa, ethnomusicologist, the former instructor of the Kodály Institute has created this guide to folk song analysis and the accompanying test exercises with solutions.

Photo: Miguel Souto

To whom is this guide addressed?

This analysis guide is primarily intended to help teachers who use folksong in the classroom, but it may be also useful for anyone who would like to know folksong in greater depth. The text aims to lead you step by step into folksong analysis. You can benefit from it no matter whether you are just now starting to discover folk music, an experienced folk singer, or a primary school teacher. You don’t need to be an expert to use this guide: you will probably be closer to that stage after you finish using it!