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Due to expressed interest from our members and followers, we are delighted to present this wonderful 9-week online Solfège course. This course is a continuation of our Autumn solfege class series but is open to new and continuing participants.

 

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.

COURSE DATES

  • Start: Tuesday 19th/ Wednesday 20th/ Thursday 21st January 2021

  • Midterm break (no class): Tuesday 16th/ Wednesday 17th/ Thursday 18th February 2021

  • Finish: Tuesday 23th/ Wednesday 24th/ Thursday 25th March 2021

 

 

WEEKLY TIMETABLE

TUESDAYS

18.30 - 19.30

LEVEL 1

WEDNESDAYS*

20.00 - 21.00

LEVEL 4

THURSDAYS

18.30 - 19.30

LEVEL 2

THURSDAYS

20.00 - 21.00

LEVEL 3

*As Wednesday 17th March is St. Patrick’s Day, this class will be rescheduled to a different date in consultation with the teacher and students.

 

LEVEL DESCRIPTORS

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.

Please note that our application form will assist participants who are unsure of which level to take. Please email kodalyireland@gmail.com if further advice is needed.

The classes will be delivered by our fabulous tutors Clare Dixon (Levels 1&2) and Anne Ralph (Levels 3&4), both highly successful alumni of the Kodály Institute.

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

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

 

 

REFUND POLICY

Please note that refunds will only be given in cases where cancellation is made before 4pm on Monday 11th January 2021. In this case, the full fee less an administration fee of €50 will be refunded via bank transfer. Cancellations made after 4pm on Monday 11th September 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.

Who is this suitable for?

Who is this suitable for?

Kodály said it best:

“music is for everyone”, 

so we welcome any adult with an interest in understanding music to take part.

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?

Would I need to read music?

Beginners level, no.


For the Intermediate level, a basic understanding of the rudiments of music theory is necessary as
well as some experience of learning music through the Kodály philosophy.

I've never studied music before,
can I attend these classes?
I've never studied music before,
can I attend these classes?

Yes!

Do I need to bring an instrument?

Do I need to bring an instrument?

You do not need to bring an instrument. Any musical materials needed for the lessons will be provided by teacher.

I'm an experienced musician but have no experience in using relative solfa.
 
What level is right for me?
I'm an experienced musician but have no experience in using relative solfa.
 
What level is right for me?

If you are a musician but have no previous learning experience in a Kodály-based environment, we would recommend you sign up for the beginners course, as it will provide you with a strong and necessary foundation to get the most out of future classes.