Music Lessons: The Kodaly Method in the American Classroom

Music Lessons: The Kodaly Method in the American Classroom (1981)

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 1981-01-01
  • Runtime: 0h 41min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: The Ford Foundation
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director:


Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály believed that music could be taught to children as readily as reading. The method he developed uses a child's own natural instrument, the voice. Beginning with simple musical intervals, the child progresses from folk tunes and children's songs to the complex notes and rhythms of composed music--from Bye baby bunting to Bach. [The film] is a look at the Kodály method of music training in public elementary schools in San Jose, California, and West Hartford, Connecticut. Ordinary children are shown in the film, but they exhibit extraordinary self-confidence, discipline, concentration, and an eagerness to learn. There is no such thing as failure in a Kodály classroom; in fact, the children are able to correct their mistakes themselves. Moreover, the children will bring much of 'how' they learn in their music lessons--counting and problem-solving, left-to-right progression, following directions--to their study of reading, writing and arithmetic.

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  • Tom Cole

    as Narrator
Camera Fred Murphy Director of Photography
Directing Joyce Chopra Director
Editing Joyce Chopra Editor
Production Joyce Chopra Producer
Lighting Bill Sheehy Gaffer
Camera Mitch Dubin Assistant Camera
Writing Tom Cole Writer
Camera Joan Weidman Director of Photography
Sound Maryte Kavaliauskas Sound Recordist
Lighting Roger Dean Gaffer
Sound Morning Pasternak Sound Recordist
Camera Peter Aaron Director of Photography
Camera Jan Kroze Assistant Camera
Camera Mindy Johnson Assistant Camera