Australian Kodály Certificate
The Australian Kodály Certificate (AKC) is awarded on completion of a professional development course. This course provides pre-service and current classroom and studio music teachers with the skills and knowledge to deliver a sequential, cumulative, developmental and aural-based music curriculum.
The AKC is the only Australian fully accredited and nationally recognised program of teacher training in the Kodály approach. It was established some 20 years ago and during this time over 150 teachers have successfully completed the requirements.
The certificate is normally completed over three years of part time study, and participants choose to complete a three year sequence in one area of specialisation: Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary or Colour Strings.
The curriculum for this award has been modelled on outstanding international Kodály programs and adapted to suit the needs of Australian educators. It is comprehensive, rigorous and involves a mixture of both hands-on (practical) and lecture style tuition. Peer education is an important part of the training and the course is delivered by experienced and accredited lecturers who are working teachers and expert in their specific field of Kodály study. The curriculum for the course sets out a minimum of 180 contacts hours of study across the following areas:
Musicianship in this course includes the study of sight-singing, score reading, aural perception, musical dictation and analysis using the tools of the Kodály approach (tonic sol-fa, rhythm syllables and Curwen hand signs).
Methodology involves the application of Kodály’s principles to the development of classroom and studio teaching programs that are suitable for Australian children. It includes the study of: Curriculum development, Teaching techniques, Sequencing learning, Lesson planning and assessment. Candidates will choose to specialise in one of four streams: Early Childhood Classroom, Primary Classroom, Secondary Classroom or Colour Strings.
Teaching techniques is the practical application of teaching strategies covered in Methodology.
Cultural materials involves learning, collecting and analysing the folk music of Australia and other nations to determine its suitability for pedagogical processes outlined in methodology and its ability to support a developmental music program.
Choral and Ensemble Techniques is the study of choral conducting, rehearsal strategies and voice production.
How to qualify
Educators qualify for this award by completing modules from the national curriculum with an approved course provider. It is the responsibility of the educator to apply for the certificate using the application form available in the AKC Documents and Resources section of this website. Applicants will be advised in writing of the outcome of their application.
Accredited Course Providers
The following are accredited course providers for the Australian Kodály Certificate:
Sound Thinking Australia and the Cuskelly College of Music
Clayfield School of Music
KMEIA NSW Branch
KMEIA SA Branch
KMEIA VIC Branch
KMEIA WA Branch
Australian Kodály Certificate
16 March 1945 – 19 April 2017 Throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s every Queensland member of the Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia, and almost every member in Australia, knew or knew of Lenore Bateman of Brisbane, and of her …
For nearly 40 years, the Kodály Music Education of Australia produced a national publication. Over time, this took on various forms ranging from a bulletin to a referred academic journal. The content of these publications is of significant historical and …
On behalf of the KMEIA community, I wish to congratulate Anthony Young on his recent conferment of the Doctor of Philosophy from the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. Anthony is Head of Classroom, Choral and Liturgical Music at St. Laurence’s College, …
Dear music educators I trust this message finds you well. For over 40 years, the Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia has been serving its members and the broader community as a centre of excellence for music education. We strive to …
Thursday 23rd February 2017 7.00pm in NSW, VIC, ACT; 6.00pm in QLD; 6.30pm in SA; 4.00pm in WA You are invited by the national Council of the Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia Incorporated (KMEIA Inc) to attend the …