Kodaly Society of Ireland

Educational Principles of the Kodály Concept

'The characteristics of a good musician can be summarised as follows: a well-trained ear, a well-trained intelligence, a well-trained heart and a well-trained hand. All four must develop together in constant equilibrium.' (Zoltan Kodaly, Selected Writings)
  • Music education should be based on singing: the most suitable and accessible instrument is the human voice.
  • Music education should begin as early as possible in
    the life of a child.
  • Learning music should be an enjoyable experience.
  • Folk music is the ideal material for teaching children:
    learning should progress, step by step, from the familiar
    to the unfamiliar, the simple to the more complex.
  • Music learning should be experience-based: knowledge should be derived from known musical material.
  • Good musical judgement should be cultivated through engagement with high-quality music.
  • Music literacy is of key importance
  • Aural, intellectual, expressive and technical skills should
    be developed in tandem.
  • Inner hearing is intertwined with the skills of singing,
    reading, writing and memorising. It is essential for understanding, performing and composing music and is indispensable to the development of musical literacy:
    a vital stage in the transformation of written notes into sounds, and of sounds into written notes.