• Masters of Music in Music Education Student
The Kodály Philosophy

    Zoltán Kodály (1882 - 1967) was a Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist, linguist, educator, author and philosopher who had a significant impact on the field of music education.

    Kodály believed:

    • Everyone has the right to be musically literate.
    • Teachers should use the student's most natural instrument, the voice.
    • Music education should begin at an early age.
    • Children should begin by learning their musical mother-tongue (the folk songs of their own cultures).
    • Only music of the highest quality should be used in the classroom.
    • Teachers should follow the stages of child development in a sequential approach to learning music, using the known to discover the unknown.
    • To be an excellent teacher, one must also be an excellent musician and scholar.


    Kodály's involvement with music education sprang from his personal experience as a skilled musician and composer. He studied music teaching methods from around the world and synthesized the most effective ones into a unique approach.

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