Kodaly Teacher’s Training Secondary Level 1​

    Kodaly Teacher’s Training Course Primary Level 1


Date2nd December to 13th December 2019 (break on Sat & Sun, 8th and 9th of December)
Time830am – 400pm
VenueYoung Choral Academy, 114-A, Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000, Kuala Lumpur.
CourseKodaly Australian Certification Secondary Level 1

* Note: 2 levels are required to fully complete the Kodaly Teaching Certification.

08.30 am – 10.00 am : Methodology
10.00 am – 10.30 am : Morning Tea
10.30 am – 12.00 pm : Musicianship
12.00 pm – 13.00 pm : Choir
13.00 pm – 14.00 pm : Lunch Break
14.00 pm – 15.00 pm : Conducting
15.00 pm – 16.00 pm : Practicum / Material
*Subject to change

About the Course

Secondary Classroom Pedagogy – Conducted by Dr. James Cuskelly
This 10-day course caters for music specialists in secondary schools, classroom teachers, studio teachers and other interested people who wish to improve their music teaching skills. The classroom music course is designed as a two-year sequential program.

The curriculum includes:
1) Methodology

  • •Kodàly philosophy in the Australian context– basic tenets and pedagogical application
  • •Curriculum development
  • •Teaching techniques
  • •Sequencing learning
  • •Planning for teaching and learning – including lesson planning and long term planning Assessment


2)  Musicianship

  • •Solfege singing (Pentatonic music – Song, Scale and Intervals)
  • •Pentatonic scale modes, diatonic scale
  • •Memory training
  • •Sight singing
  • •Dictation
  • •Polyphonic activities
  • •Aural scale development (critical listening, absolute pitch, rhythm, tonality and harmony)
  • •Kinaesthetic (use of the Curwen hand sign system, conducting patterns and other physical indications for beat, rhythm, phrase), and visual (linking sound to a variety of notational systems).

•Musicianship practice involves using musical elements and concepts in known contexts (such as in performing, part work and memorization), and unknown contexts (such as in sight reading, dictation, improvisation and composition).

3)  Practicum

This module involves the practical application of the musical and pedagogical concepts taught in Methodology. Sensitivity to the musical content is essential throughout the teaching process. Students need to be given the opportunity, not only to
teach, but to observe and discuss segments they see taught.

  • •Peer teaching of repertoire appropriate for the targeted age group
  • •Peer discussion and analysis of demonstrated techniques


4)  Choral Conducting

  • •Conducting skills
  • •Techniques for breath, dynamics, phrasing, punctuation and etc…
  • •Rehearsal practice
  • •Vocal techniques and knowledges


5) Repertoire

6) Choir




Who is the tutor?

Dr. James Cuskelly

Dr James Cuskelly is Head of Faculty: Creative Arts and Design Studies at St Aidan’s Anglican Girl’s School, Brisbane, President of the International Kodály Society, Director of the Summer School Music Program, and Director of the Cuskelly College of Music.He completed undergraduate studies and a Diploma of Education at the University of Queensland. The Kodály Certificate from Holy Names College (California) was awarded in 1991 and the Master of Music studies (The University of Queensland) in 1997. He gained the Doctor of Philosophy (The University of Queensland) in Music Education in 2007. He was Head of Music Education and the Aural Musicianship Program at the University of Queensland from 2000 – 2010, and during that time received two awards for Excellence in Teaching.

Why sign up for this?

  •  Enhanced knowledge of the compositions and educational philosophy of Zoltán Kodály.
  • Knowledge of application of the Kodály Concept of Music Education – musicianship, vocal and choral training for Primary level.
  • Students may claim a maximum of 33% credit only from another institution offering approved Kodàly Courses (for example, Holy Names College, California). Approval must be obtained from the Chair of the Education Committee of KMEIA, prior to beginning the course in order to ascertain equivalence of hours, content and assessment.

Postgraduate Studies Recognition

1. University of New England, Australia
2. Australian Catholic University
3. Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music, Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, Hungary

How much will it cost and what do I receive at the end of this level?

The cost for this 10 day course is RM3,710 (Early Bird RM 3,392 – included 6% GST). This fees covers:

  • The cost for this 10 day FULL course is RM 3710 (Early Bird RM 3392 – included 6% GST). This fees covers:
  • • Tuition fees for 10 days
    • Course handouts
    • 1 tea breaks per day
    • Level Certificate of Completion

Participants who complete all 3 levels will be given a Full Certificate of Completion issued by the National Council of the Kodaly Music Education Institute of Australia.

We also offer individual modules which are charged separately:

1. Musicianship + Conducting + Choir : RM1802
2. Musicianship + Choir Only : RM901
3. Conducting + Choir Only: RM901

Why only 30 spaces available for Secondary Level 1 ?

As with all other professional courses, we aim to keep the group small and intimate so that there will be a better and more personal interaction between the tutor and each participant.

Can I book a place first, and confirm and pay later?

We are sorry but the answer is no. As the numbers of places are very limited, we are going on first come first served basis, and confirmation of registration is only upon receipt of payment by online transfer.

Will I receive a certificate if only taking the Non-Assessment/ Musicianship/ Conducting module?

Yes, a Certificate of Participation will be awarded upon successful completion of the module and assessment. This however, does not qualify for any credit towards future Kodaly training courses.

Can I miss some classes during the 2 weeks? (for participants who choose for non-assessment)

Yes, because you will not be assessed. We however strongly encourage you to attend all 10 sessions because no refunds will be given for the days of absence. You will also need to fulfill compulsory number of hours to receive accreditation for Full Certification.

How do I pay?

You can pay by cheque to “YOUNG CHORAL ACADEMY SDN. BHD.” Participants who wish to make payment transfer through online banking can do so to MAYBANK account number 5142 7144 0101. Then please fax or scan and email across the confirmation of payment receipt to us at youngchoral@gmail.com. Please submit payment together with the registration form.

I am not from Kuala Lumpur. Where can I stay?

The fees do NOT cover accommodation. Participants who require accommodation need to make their own bookings. Suggestions are as below:
Budget Hotel: One Avenue Hotel in Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya 5-10 mins by taxi to YCA

Business Hotel: Manhattan Business Hotel in Damansara Perdana. 5-10 mins by taxi to YCA

4-star Hotel: Eastin Hotel in Phileo Damansara. 15 mins by taxi to YCA

4-star – 5-star Hotel: One World Hotel in Bandar Utama. 3 mins by taxi to YCA

What about meals?

The fees include 1 tea break per day as well as light refreshments. Participants have to pay and look for their own main meals during the course. YCA is surrounded by variety food outlets that catered such as – from mamak stalls, Chinese coffee shops, cafes and restaurants.