The Kodály Method was created to empower all people to be musically literate. In this method, literacy is defined as the ability to read, write, perform, compose, and improvise music. The method is based on a specific sequence of rhythmic, melodic, harmonic, and formal concepts, which are taught with an understanding of learning theories and child development. The Kodály Method uses folk song as a bridge to understanding and performing art music, but it regards both as a viable means of expression.
Orff-Schulwerk was created to develop an internal musicianship in students. The Orff Approach includes elements of speech, music, dance, and theatre to create an environment of creativity and proficient performance. This approach to music education is based on traditional, or elemental, forms of expression. The performers each bring their own strengths to the ensemble and contribute to the overall aesthetic environment. Individual expressions as well as community involvement are cornerstones of Orff-Schulwerk.
We have offered a variety of workshops on both the Kodály Method and Orff-Schulwerk. In addition, we have offered sessions on how these two ideologies can be combined to create an environment promoting overall musicianship.
Music Education Services
Kodály and Orff-Schulwerk
Children with Special Needs
Music educators must teach all students the value of music in their everyday lives. After the establishment of Public Law 94-142 in 1975, children with special needs were included in educational institutions in their least restrictive environments. As this law has been incorporated into practice, children with special needs often attend music classes for a variety of goals and objectives. It is the duty of music educators to meaningfully include and educate all of the children in their classes in the unique form of cognition that is music. While music can be used for a variety of other outcomes, the goal for music educators is to increase each child’s understanding and performance of musical goals and objectives.
Music in Early Childhood
Music is present in all cultures throughout the world in some form. Music holds a special place in human cognition and expression. In addition, music offers a novel, effective means for behavior management. Thus, it follows that music use is beneficial for children at all levels, especially the earliest stages of development. Through the use of music as a transitional device, early childhood specialists can help children to structure their day, ease anxiety associated with change, and positively reinforce appropriate behavior. We are experienced in leading music classes as well as consulting with early childhood facilities in how to incorporate music for positive behavioral outcomes.