Kodály Hub: Sing, Learn, Share is a collaborative project, funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, which aims to promote high-quality Kodály-inspired music education relevant to today’s classrooms and children choirs.
The leader of the project is:
- the Liszt Academy of Music Budapest, Hungary’s foremost institute of higher education, to which the internationally renowned Kodály Institute belongs.
two other conservatories are involved :
- the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
- the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague
as well as three partner organizations:
- the Kós Károly School of Budapest
- the National Youth Choir of Scotland
- the National Youth Choirs of the Netherlands (Vocaal Talent Nederland)
Kodály’s approach to music education is based on teaching, learning and understanding music through the experience of singing, making the world of music accessible to all. Studies have shown that children who receive appropriate music education in their early years will have more developed cognitive functions, linguistic and arithmetic skills and fine motor capabilities. They will also possess a more open social attitude and flexible personality compared to those who receive no music education. Singing is accessible to all, anybody can do it, and it is the most logical and secure way to develop musicianship skills. It also boosts confidence and social skills and develops existing talent for those who want to pursue music at an advanced level.
The project intends to address new ways of teaching music, particularly to the 5 – to 10-year-old age group.
As well as reviewing current learning materials and music repertoires used in primary schools, the project will also introduce new resources, including singing games and choreographies.
The outcome of the Kodály Hub: Sing, Learn, Share project will be the creation of the Kodály Hub, which will be designed to meet the needs of music educators. This online resource will be a worldwide portal for the sharing of repertoire for teachers, a forum and a place of community building.
All experts involved in the project are prominent figures of their countries’ musical and music education as well as choral scenes.
Edina Barabás – instructor in the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy, primary school teacher
Gabriella Deszpot – instructor in the Liszt Academy of Music
Ágnes Gergely-Gál – instructor in the Liszt Academy of Music
László Norbert Nemes – Director of the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy Budapest, Hungary, conductor of the New Liszt Ferenc Chamber Choir
Balázs Székely – instructor in the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy, repetiteur
Borbála Szirányi – instructor in the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy, primary school teacher
Karen Geoghegan – instructor in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, primary school teacher
Lucinda Geoghean – Education Director of National Youth Choir of Scotland, instructor in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Trustee of the British Kodály Academy, author of relevant books and publications
Andrew Nunn – choir conductor in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and National Youth Choir of Scotland
Anne Murphy – choir conductor in the National Youth Choir of Scotland
Ewan Gibson – instructor in the Royal Conservatory of The Hague
Suzanne Konings – Head of Music Theory Department, Royal Conservatory of The Hague
Daniël Salbert – instructor in the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, music teacher and conductor in Koorschool Utrecht
Irene Verburg – conductor and vocal coach of the National Youth Choirs of the The Netherlands, instructor in the Royal Conservatory of The Hague
Wilma ten Wolde – artistic director and conductor of the National Youth Choirs of the the Netherlands