Kodaly Method Teacher Resources

The name Zoltán Kodály may not appear on a list of top ten education reformers but perhaps it should. His drive to improve music education in Hungary led to the creation of the International Kodály Society and his methods are now used around the world.

Introduce Kodáy’s concepts with a lesson that uses a popular children’s song to teach youngsters beat notation or to mark the rhythm and rhyming phrases of a song. The Kodály Method also includes the use of hands signs that enable singers to see elements of music like pitch and tone. Some of his many accomplishments are detailed on this colorful worksheet. Or, if you’re looking for an entire program build on Kodály Method, check out this teacher’s guide.

Musician, composer, and teacher, Zoltán Kodály changed the face of music education. Now you can bring his techniques into your classroom with ease using Lesson Planet's collection of resources!

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"Viennese Musical Clock" from Hary Janos by Zoltan Kodaly

For Students 5th - 6th
Young musicians follow a colorful map that helps them identify the various themes as they listen to a recording of the rondo "Viennese Musical Clock" from Hary Janos by Zoltan Kodaly. The activity includes information about Kodaly.
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Kodaly Hand Signs Game

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Kodaly hands signs let singers see elements of music like pitch and tonal function. After practicing the signs, choir members engage in a game that requires individuals to sing and sign a pitch.
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Kodaly Beat Lesson

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Introduce rhythmic beat and melodic beat with a upbeat activity that asks young musicians to clap the beat to their favorite nursery rhyme. To introduce the rest beat, class members use small drums or other percussion instruments to play...
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This Old Man (Song)

For Teachers K
Class members get to play "Knick Knack" all over again as they echo clap the rhythm patterns of "This Old Man." They then use Kodaly Method stem notation to mark the rhythm and rhyming phrases on their copy of the lyrics.
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Notating a Rainy Day

For Teachers K - 2nd
Young singers learn how to notate the rhythms and melodies of a familiar song using Kodaly hand signals and manipulatives. Individuals then create their own compositions and sing them using Kodaly notation.
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Singing in the Classroom

For Teachers K - 6th
Those new to the Kodály Method of music instruction, as well as experienced educations, will find everything they need in a resource designed to launch a five-week vocal music program. Packed with warm ups, games, activities, and...
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Sing!

For Teachers K - 12th
Whether new to the Kodály Method of music instruction or an experienced veteran, you'll find much to make your heart sing in a teacher guide that was designed for a music appreciation project. 
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Viennese Music Clock

For Teachers K - 2nd
Pupils explore the music concepts of ryhthm, melody, form, and harmony in a three-lesson unit. They listen to the Viennese Music Clock and demonstrate moving to the beat, create improvised melodies, and play percussion accompaniment.
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Pitch Drills

For Teachers K - 6th
Stduents reinforce pitch recognition. Changing passing tones to hums and later to just thinking them in the mind s ear, the pitch phrase is reduced to the skip or interval desir
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Bounce And Sing Introduction

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students sing and participate in doing a melodic and rhythmic activity to be introduced to their teacher and each other.
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How Do I Measure Up? (Intermediate)

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders compare the relationship between meter in music and measurement in math. They practice sightreading music by determining the number of beats per measure, clapping and counting the rhythm.
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Music Activity at Family Math Night

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students work with a family member in placing all of the music notes on a staff board. They try to match the rhythm on the rhythm board and show their completed song to the teacher.
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"Viennese Musical Clock"

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders learn about musical patterns as they play a game called fudge. Students are assessed based on whether they were able to identify and play a steady beat, use the appropriate form, and clap the rythmic patterns.
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Simple Gifts

For Teachers 2nd - 8th
Students explore music. They practice singing with correct posture. Students practice reading music using the correct rhythms. Students also learn the intervals Major 3rd and Major 6th.
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If Love Should Count You Worthy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students sing "If Love Should Count You Worthy" by James Mulholland for SATB choir, horn, and piano and a version of "The Drinkin' Gourd" in this High School choir lesson. State and National standards for Music are emphasized.
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Music and Technology

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders practice reading rhythm patterns with different types of notes and meters. Using a counting system, they perform a sight reading exercise and take notes when needed. They use a form of technology to illustrate the music.
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Melodia Sight-Singing

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students practice sight-singing skills in this Choral instructional activity for the High School mixed-choir. Emphasis is placed on State and National Standards in the Arts and the song "Dirait-on", a piece by Morten Lauridson, based on...

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