...a country (Hungary) whose population, even today, is barely over ten million has produced so many musicians and so much outstanding music. I am grateful for having been born and trained there.

Sir Georg Solti

Kodály Seminar Italy 2016 in Rome

29 June 2016

The Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music organizes a Music for Everyone through the Joy of Singing and Movement Kodály Seminar Italy from the 2th of September till the 4th, 2016 at the Hungarian Academy, in Rome.

In collaboration with AIKEM – Associazione Italiana Kodály per l’Educazione Musicale Affiliated National Institutional Member of the IKS Accredited by M.I.U.R. and The Course will be recognized by M.I.U.R. pursuant to directive 90/2003.

Address: Accademia d’Ungheria In Roma, Via Giulia 1. 00186 Roma

Date: 2-4 September, 2016 (The course starts early morning on the 2nd of September (Friday) and culminates in the evening of September 4th (Sunday).

For whom do we recommend the Kodály Seminar in Rome?
For professional and amateur musicians, music educators and choral musicians interested in Hungarian musical culture and the world famous achievements of Hungarian music pedagogy

Why is it worth attending this course?
Through a variety of musical activities including singing, movement and piano performance participants receive inspirational musical experiences as well as practical guidance for the successful implementation of Kodály’s educational philosophy in music pedagogy, choral education and in the training of professional musicians.

Language of the course: English

The seminar fee is: 150 EUR/person including participation in the professional programme of the three-day course, entrance ticket to the opening concert and coffee and tea between sessions

Recital by Judit Rajk (contralto) and Aniko Novak (piano) works by Liszt, Bartók and Kodály

We only accept payment by bank transfer. Please write a short note with your name and title when transferring.
Name of the Bank: Hungarian National Bank
Bank address: H-1054 Budapest, Váci út 71.
Name of account holder: Liszt Ferenc Zeneművészeti Egyetem
Address of account holder: H-1062 Budapest, Liszt Ferenc tér 8.
IBAN HU22 – 1003-2000-0142-6768-0000-0000

Registration deadline:
22nd August, 2016
For registration please visit: www.kodaly.hu and fill out the application form and send it to this email address: kodalymuzeum [at] lisztakademia [dot] hu
Application form can be downloaded by clicking here.


• Dr László Norbert Nemes - director, Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music
• Katalin Körtvési - artist teacher (musicianship, conducting, Kokas pedagogy)
• Anikó Novák - artist teacher (piano performance) www.novakaniko.com
• Dr Judit Rajk - associate professor (vocal performance) www.juditrajk.com

Course content:
• Singing for joy and the development of musical skills through singing
• Choral singing, sessions in music pedagogy
• Free movement improvisation sessions
• Optional: vocal instruction and piano performance

Daily timetable:
9:30–10:00 Morning sing and singing games for all ages
10:15–11:45 Vocal-based training of the musical skills
12:00–13:00 Movement class
lunch break
14:30–17:00 Workshops in music pedagogy - group lessons
Voice, piano - group and individual lessons
Choral conducting workshop
17:15–17:30 Evening sing and singing games for all ages

Description of subject:
Vocal-based training of the musical skills
This class aims at the training of general musicianship skills through singing and through the systematic use of relative solmization, rhythm syllables and Kodály’s pedagogical compositions. Skills to be developed are: rhythm, unison and part-singing, inner hearing, musical reading, musical dictation, memory, polyphonic skills, vocal improvisation, sense of form as well as the development of stylistic knowledge.

Movement class
This class will introduce participants to the most important aspects of creative pedagogy developed by Klára Kokas, one of Hungary’s most inspiring music pedagogues, who proved that the Kodály concept of music education is not a closed educational system but it can be complemented by various progressive pedagogical approaches. The most distinct feature of the Kokas pedagogy is the free movement improvisation to classical master works or folk music all of which creates a unique opportunity for the development of listening competencies and self-expression.

Workshop in music pedagogy (for music teachers and choral music educators)
This workshop will offer participants an insight into the practical adaptation of the Kodály concept in the teaching of music for young people (ages 5 to 18) both in formal and informal educational settings. Topics include: developing of singing skills, teaching of rhythmic and melodic concepts as well as singing in parts.

Voice training (basic, intermediate and advanced)
Open class for all the participants in 60 minutes daily (and for special request, individual lessons in 30 minutes) offers knowledge about the vocal process and thorough warm-up of the voice – the main musical medium in Kodály-based work. Students learn the physiology of the voice and techniques of posture, breath management, phonation, resonant tone production, diction, and expression. During the “flash course”, participants have a possibility to study solo vocal works by Kodály with piano.

Piano coaching (basic, intermediate and advanced)
Open class for all the participants in 60 minutes daily (and for special request, individual lessons in 30 minutes) The aim of these sessions is to help students achieve a state of ‘’possessing’’ the instrument in a way that technical hindrances do not prevent the players from expressing their innermost musical thoughts of the piece. The course will also create a unique opportunity to develop stylistic awareness when performing classical piano repertory.

Choral conducting workshop (basic, intermediate and advanced)
This workshop assists participants in the acquisition of reliable and applicable musical and technical skills necessary for the performance of a wide range of choral works. Special attention is given to the development of conducting gestures and the pedagogical facilities needed for successful choir direction.