KODÁLY PRINCIPLES of Music Education applied to Beginners at the Piano

With MUSIC in MIND

Gillian Skottowe Earl's excellent Piano Method "With Music in Mind" (Books 1 & 2 and Teacher's Guide) show clearly how the Kodály Principles of developing the inner hearing can be included in the regular piano lessons. The child learns to "look - hear - play" - the best method, and I believe, the only one, to become a musician.

the late, CAROLA GRINDEA FGSMD

by GILLIAN SKOTTOWE EARL
gillian@earleoiw.plus.com

Foreword by Tamás Vásáry

A child taught to read and sing music in phrases without first 'spelling' the notes on the piano shows he can 'hear' the music in his mind. It makes the music make sense and enables the beginner to play musically - any rhythmic distortions having been overcome through singing. This set of books provides the means for developing inner hearing by teaching reading through singing, from the start, in the highly successful Kodály Way - not through theoretical abstractions but in the way children learn naturally and play

...WITH MUSIC IN MIND

 GILLIAN SKOTTOWE EARL studied piano,
  singing and viola and followed the G.R.S.M.
  course at the Royal Academy of Music. For
  the next sixteen years she was at St.
  Swithun's School, Winchester teaching piano
  and in charge of the singing. The last nine
  years in the post were concurrent with her
  appointment as Assistant Organist of
  Winchester Cathedral where she was an
  organ pupil of the late Dr. Alwyn Surplice.

She first attended courses of lectures on the KODÁLY CONCEPT in 1969/70 given by Cecilia Vajda, one of Kodály's pupils. Her on-going study of the KODÁLY CONCEPT has been mainly under leading Hungarian Kodály Educators on British Kodály Academy (BKA) courses as well as on courses in Dublin and at the Kodály Pedagogical Institute in Kecskemét. She holds the BKA Diploma (Advanced Level - accredited by the Liszt Academy, Budapest) and the Certificate of Kodály Music Education. Her books, With Music in Mind - the Kodály Concept Applied to Beginners at the Piano, were developed over several years' work with her pupils in Cornwall.

"...WITH MUSIC IN MIND is an excellent example of the way in which the fixed principles of the Kodály Method can be used with individual flexibility. The proverbial drudgery of scales does little for the development of true musicianship, takes away all pleasure for the beginner and makes progress harder for the advanced. Education cannot give the gift of talent, but it can bring out the best and, as these books show, can make life a great deal more enjoyable introducing the play-element in learning and letting the mind do more than the hands." 

TAMÁS VÁSÁRY

GILLIAN EARL is a member of the

Incorporated Society of Musicians
British Kodály Academy
International Kodály Society

PUPIL'S BOOK 1Read, Sing (Solfa/Pentatonic), Play (Black Keys) Simple and Compound Timeprice £15.45
TEACHER'S GUIDEFor use with Book 1 - A guide to the Kodály principles and the presentation of the elements of Book 1. Essential reading.price £18.45
PUPIL'S
BOOK 2
C and G Clefs - Diatonic - up to two sharps and flats. TEACHER'S NOTES includedprice £13.45
PUPIL'S BOOK 1 TOGETHER WITH TEACHER'S GUIDEa pairprice £30.95
PUPIL'S BOOKS 1 & 2 TOGETHERbothprice £24.95
A SET(one of each of the three books)price £40.95

 Available from:
 GILLIAN EARL * ROSAMUND PUBLICATIONS
 Heathercliffe, Sennen, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 7AX
  01736 871338
gillian@earleoiw.plus.com

See also:    www.britishkodalyacademy.org (click on Resources/Sales)

International Kodály Society:   www.iks.hu

 

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