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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

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

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