Today was the final day of the BKA’s trip and we celebrated the life and work of Kodály by visiting his birthplace in the town of Kecskemet. The town is… Read more Budapest Study Tour – Part 5 →
The fourth morning of the trip was spent at the Kos Karoly Primary School; a ‘singing school’. This means that prior to joining children are assessed for their musical abilities… Read more Budapest Study Tour – Part 4 →
This morning we travelled to the Palace of the Arts (Budapest’s equivalent of the Southbank Centre) to observe a Ringato session, led by Viktoria Emese Gall. These half hour classes… Read more Budapest Study Tour – Part 3 →
Today was the second full day of the British Kodály Academy’s Early Years Study Tour to Budapest. We used public transport to travel to Városligeti fasori Kindergarten, within the city limits. The Kindergarten was built in 1911 and since 1930 has served as the main music training centre for Kindergarten teachers for Budapest. There are five classes in the Kindergarten broadly arranged according to age (markedly different from yesterday’s visit) with between 20 and 24 children per class. I was amazed to discover that this Kindergarten of around around 100… Read more Budapest Study Tour – Part 2 →
After an early departure from the hotel and a minibus trip to beyond the city, we spent the morning at the Napraforgo Kindergarten. We started the morning observing a class… Read more Budapest Study Tour – Part 1 →
Looking forward to my trip to Hungary next week. I’m off to Budapest with the British Kodály Academy for an Early Years study tour. We’re visiting a number of Kindergartens and Primary Schools and attending a number of workshops. Watch this space to share in my Kodály adventure.
Last academic year I studied for the Certificate of Professional Practice in the Kodály Concept of Music Education in Early Childhood with the British Kodály Academy. The course covered various aspects including: the selection and analysis of thirty songs suitable for the Early Years Music environment; an extended essay on Kodály’s philosophy of music education; assessment of my planning and teaching plus critiquing others. In addition to this there was an element of developing my personal musicianship. I’m delighted to say I achieved a Distinction in the Certificate and also… Read more Celebrating! →
I recent posted some comments from parents and carers who have enjoyed Maxwell Mini Music. I’ve just had another message and it’s too good not to share! ‘We joined Janey’s music class when my youngest daughter was around seven months old. We both love her weekly sessions, which have given us a little protected time away from busy lives to experience the joy of music together. Janey organises the sessions in such a way that the children quickly become familiar with their format, and my daughter has enjoyed the props… Read more Another happy post! →