The Kodály approach to music education is based on the educational philosophy of the Hungarian composer and music educator, Zoltán Kodály. The sequencing of concepts is structured to follow child-developmental patterns, beginning with the simplest two- and three-note tunes and simple rhythms of early childhood and adding to them only as the child’s readiness is demonstrated. Musical skills develop during singing and in the performance of singing games connected with movement.
The principle objectives of the Kodály approach are:
In Temple Independent School District elementary students from grades K-5th participate in the Kodaly methodology approach to music education by a certified music education teacher. This approach to music education includes a sequential organization of concepts and skills to be developed through hearing, singing, deriving, writing, reading and creating music. The Kodály method of music education is used in schools around the world. All TISD certified elementary music staff are Texas Certified Teachers but many are also trained in Kodály with some holding Kodály all-level certificates.
Students in TISD elementary music classes build a repertoire of songs, rhymes, singing games and dances from a variety of cultures including folksongs. Goals of the music curriculum include understanding musical concepts and achieving mastery of musical skills. Students learn, perform, analyze, and listen to music from all historical and contemporary eras. They create, improvise and compose original compositions through the use of a wide range of classroom instruments.