On January 11, 2O2O, Maryland United Specialists in Kodály and the American Kodály Institute rang in the new year with Just Try the Kodály! This workshop featured classic, popular Kodály-inspired repertoire choices, but also demonstrated how to utilize the principles of Kodály music education with a 21st century flair. The clinicians featured were Kelley Van Wingerden, Madelyn Mazzeo, Carl Ellinwood Jr., Angela Pope, and American Kodály Institute Musicianship instructor, Francois Suhr. The day began with seventy-five voices beautifully singing of Harmonia Mundi (We Gather Here). Throughout the morning, attendees chatted and networked over coffee, fruit, and breakfast pastries and bagels, courtesy of Loyola University Maryland and the American Kodály Institute.
The next presenter, Madelyn Mazzeo kept us on our toes, literally, with Songs and Movement, They Won’t Forget! Attendees explored songs, singing games, and recorded music through structured and free movement activities. Stretchy bands, scarves, partnered activities, and large group activities provide so many different opportunities to provide creative, lasting musical memories with students of all ages. Moving, grooving, and joyfully exploring the large space was the highlight of Road Mapping Music Through Movement, Instruments, and More! Carl shared songs and activities that could be with a broad age range of students, including using movement and body percussion to teach and practice rhythmic concepts. He closed his session with an eye-catching flashlight activity to Owl City’s song Fireflies.
After a delicious selection of fresh wraps, homemade potato chips, and a variety of cupcakes for lunch, the American Kodály Institute shared information about the Master of Education in Kodály Music Education program. All of the presenters in the Just Try the Kodály! workshop were either current students, alumni, or faculty of the AKI. The wealth of knowledge shared throughout the workshop today demonstrated that the American Kodály Institute at Loyola University Maryland is dedicated to developing experts and leaders in the field of music education.
In Let’s Play: Fun Games That Build Musicianship, attendees traveled through six different stations with musicianship games. All of the games could be reworked in a plethora of ways to focus on varying degrees of melodic or rhythmic difficulty. Musicianship should be exploratory, fun, and ultimately, it’s a tool to help one better understand, appreciate, and communicate musical ideas. Attendees were driven, competitive, and laughter abounded in some of the point-based games.