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Esther Hargittai was born in Hungary and has been immersed in music since the tender age of three, going through singing nursery, primary and secondary schools. Graduated 1995 in Choral Conducting and Music Education at the prestigious “Liszt Academy of Music” in Budapest. From 1996 – 2005 worked for a well-known children's choir in Israel, the ‘Efroni Choir’, where she set up, conducted and managed the “Young Efroni Choir”, and taught music and conducted choirs through all age groups in Israel. Esther had numerous performances in a variety of settings (national events, TV programmes, charities), including representing Israel in the USA (Washington, Kennedy Centre, Salt Lake City) and France. She was co-author of a Kodály Method manual for music teachers in Israel, published by the Jerusalem Music Centre.  Since 2006 she is a tutor at the British Kodály Academy (BKA), running conducting and musicianship courses and workshops around the UK and abroad, and is part of the CPD development team. Since 2016 Esther teaches musicianship according to the Kodály philosophy at the world-renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama/Junior Guildhall String Training Programme and is running the Junior Guildhall String Training Programme’s children choir. Esther’s online professional courses with the BKA and on her independent website have gained wide acclaim in the professions. Her new book, ‘Jewish-Israeli Music’ has also just been published by the “Liszt Academy of Music” in Budapest/Kodály Institute. 

Due to expressed interest from our members and followers, we are delighted to present this wonderful 10-week online Solfège course at level 1/2, level 3 and 4.


The aim of this course is to develop each participant's sense of musicianship and to develop musicianship skills such as ear training and the ability to sight-read, all while developing a solid understanding of music theory.


  • Start: Tuesday 10th January 2023

  • Midterm break (no class): 14th March 2023

  • Finish: 21st March 2023




Levels 1/2 and 3: Tuesdays 7pm to 8pm

Level 4: Tuesdays 8.15pm to 9.15pm


Course Dates
Weekly Timetable
Course Instructor


Yasmin Folini is a graduate of the Department of Music Pedagogy at the Liszt Academy of Music. As a recipient of the Hungarian State Scholarship, she obtained her BA in General Music studies with Kodály Emphasis (Distinction), and her MA in Kodály Music Pedagogy (Distinction). In 2018 she received her diploma in Kokas Pedagogy from the Kokas Klára Agape Foundation (Kokas Klára Agape Zene-életöröm Alapítvány) in Budapest.

Since September 2015 she joined the faculty of the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music, where she teaches mainly Solfége, and Music Theory. As a music teacher, she has delivered workshops in Italy, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Portugal, Slovenia, Estonia and South Korea.

As a pianist, Yasmin has won several competitions and has participated in many masterclasses in Piano and Chamber Music with P. Nagy, A. M. Ciornei, D. Blumenthal, B. Berman, J. Colom and M. Gouveia, among others.

From 2015 until 2022 Yasmin was a member of the New Ferenc Liszt Chamber Choir, working with conductors such as László Norbert Nemes, Péter Erdei, Grete Pedersen, Zsolt Hamar, Ko Matsushita and Pete Churchill, while giving numerous concerts in Hungary and abroad.

Since 2021 Yasmin lives in Athens and she teaches musicianship at the Athenaeum Conservatory and the Apollonio Conservatory while she continues her piano and counterpoint studies at the Athens Conservatory.

Level Descriptor

level 1


Ultimate beginner class. The perfect introduction for those who have little to no experience reading music, and using solfa!

level 2

For those who have some experience with music reading and understanding. If you have previously taken introductory Solfège classes and want to develop your skills, this is the place for you. Some familiarity with relative solfa is an advantage here, but not necessary.

level 3

For those who are comfortable with the use of relative solfa, and/or have a solid grounding with music theory. Perhaps you have previously taken Solfège Classes, or have had some formal training in music (either recently, or many moons ago!)

level 4

For those who are very comfortable with the use of relative solfa and/or music theory, and those who have had formal training in music. This is a space to push your musical knowledge, skill, and coordination.

Refund Policy

Classes will run subject to enrollment. Spaces are limited.

Deadline to register is SUNDAY 8TH JANUARY at 4pm


If you would like to join Kodály Ireland as a member (€30/calendar year), please click below:




Please note that refunds will only be given in cases where cancellation is made before 4pm on Sunday 8th January 2023. In this case, the full fee less an administration fee of €50 will be refunded via bank transfer. Cancellations made after 4pm on Sunday 8th January 2023 will not be refunded.

What is Solfège?

What is Solfège?

Solfège is an interactive, collaborative, and kinesthetic type of music lesson, with the aim of developing musicianship skills such as ear training, the ability to sight-read as well as an understanding of music theory. It is not to be confused with the more commonly known word solfa, a term that describes a group of musical syllables ( "do re mi", etc) which are used to help understand melody (and will be used in a solfège class!).

Solfège is a type of musical training long-associated with the pioneering Hungarian music educator Zoltan Kodály. It was the aim of this impactful composer and pedagogue to provide young people with a life-long love and understanding of music. Kodály said that a good musician is one with a well- trained ear, a well-trained mind, a well-trained hand and a well-trained heart; a solfège lesson based on the Kodály philosophy is a highly practical one, with lots of music-making at its core.

What is Solfège?

What happens in a typical lesson?

As a solfège student you will develop your understanding of music in an active manner: our students sing in every lesson, both in unison and in harmony with their classmates; they work on their ear-training and memory development; they perform and learn to analyse folk songs and art music from the classical repertoire, with the intention of furthering their understanding of music theory and deepening their love of music.

What happens in a typical lesson?

Would I need to read music?

A basic understanding of the rudiments of music theory is necessary.

Would I need to read music?

Do I need to bring an instrument?

Yes. Make sure you have access to a piano/keyboard if possible during each lesson.

Do I need to bring an instrument?


A. C

"The course was thought out and executed very well. It introduced me to a wide range of new music and provided me with lots of new tools to improve my musicianship. The class was challenging but fun!"

K. N

"This course has improved and refreshed my musicianship skills, and I think it would be beneficial to all musicians."

E. M

"I think this course would benefit musicians with any level of prior solfège experience. It was engaging, encouraging and made me feel like I was consistently improving my musicianship skills."

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