What is the Kodály concept for musical education?
It is a pedagogical approach created by Hungarian composer and educator Zoltán Kodály, where the children learn through singing and musical games. Through simple songs, the children gradually learn the elements of music, such as rhythm, pulse, dynamics and time. The games reinforce the learning process and make lessons fun. The fundamental skills include the ability to listen and to sing in tune. This allows us to develop motivation, enthusiasm and self-confidence, laying the ground for them to become happy adults.
How does singing reinforce the learning of mathematics and literacy?
Singing helps to develop literacy skills, builds up confidence in oral communication, aids in the development of language and enhances the identification of sound patterns. With musical games, children identify patterns, they count and divide – all of which are important skills to learn mathematics.
Singing also helps with active listening, concentration and memory, apart from improving self-confidence and self-esteem.