Thursday, January 26, 2012

Solfeggio: Kodaly Method cont'd

Another method Kodaly promulgated was that of pattern imitation, or patterning. This is the planned sequence of certain melodic motives that are presented to the children first in songs, and imitation exercises. Through this presentation, the children would internalize these patterns, which would then open the door for them to be identified, labeled, and notated. In this way, Kodaly sought to produce children who not only could read music, but who felt it and understood it.

Inner Hearing and Tonal Center
Hand signs and patterning promote "inner hearing", a term that Kodaly created. Inner hearing is the ability to hear music in the mind without any music actually being present, and is the precursor to all musical skill. One of the fundamental skills is developing tonal orientation, or a feel for tonal center. Tonal center, is the 'pull' toward the tonic chord and the tonic pitch (DO). A child who has developed tonal orientation can hear a piece of music in whole or part, can accurately decipher where DO is and can sing it. When this skill is acquired, it is then possible to hear a piece, determine the pitch relationships, and then write down, transpose, or compose a harmony to these notes.

Good stuff, right?! With Let's Play Music classes, your child will be able to feel and understand music. He'll be able to write down music, transpose it, and compose harmony to it without seeing the notes first!
Come back tomorrow for the final section of the series, 'Moveable' DO system! It answers a common question I hear from parents during the first year of classes.
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