VOICE’s approach to music instruction blends the Kodály method, which fosters high levels of musicianship through exposure to folk music repertoire from around the world, with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project workshop model to align with reading and writing instruction and to reinforce literacy skills outside of music. The general music curriculum is supplemented with activities from the Orff approach, wherein students experiment with music improvisation and composition; the Dalcroze method, which emphasizes a kinesthetic connection to music; and the Gordon method, which develops students’ abilities to “audiate,” or internalize, musical concepts of keys and tonalities.
The Kodály method’s foundation stems from early 20th century Hungary, where composer and educator Zoltán Kodály created a new music curriculum using “the musical ear” based on the Hungarian folk songs of that time. The idea was to introduce music education to children at a very young age and for them to sing everyday- something that is not seen often in music education.
While our student repertoire does contain American folk songs, students also learn to sing in many languages including Spanish, Tibetan, French, Swahili, Hungarian, and more.
If you are interested in learning even more about the Kodály method, please visit the Kodály Institute's website for more information.