Development of early years’ teachers’ music instruction using the Kodály-based approach

Lindsay Ibbotson (Honorary Fellow) and Professor Beng Huat See, Durham School of Education
Email: lindsay.ibbotson@hotmail.co.uk

Our study examines the feasibility of training non-specialist teachers in the Kodály approach to teaching music in the primary school classroom. The Kodály approach uses singing to introduce music to young children in a playful and interactive way, with clear progression. In this presentation we include a video clip which demonstrates the approach and also captures the experiences of teachers and practitioners across 55 schools involved in a large randomised control trial. Early results from a pilot study suggest positive effects on children’s cognitive and wider outcomes, as well as teachers’ knowledge, competence and confidence in teaching music.

Music education, Kodály-based approach, early years, teacher development

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