WHAT PEOPLE SAY

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."

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?

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!)

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Bébhinn Ní Mheara

B. Mus., M. Mus., Dip. CSM, ARCO

Bébhinn is a former lecturer at MTU Cork School of Music where she taught theory and musicianship skills as well as classroom pedagogy. As Head of Musicianship Bébhinn developed a Kodaly-based musicianship curriculum with her colleagues.  She currently maintains a private practice (online), teaching musicianship skills, theory and composition to adult professionals who wish to refresh their skills, as well as a small group of piano students.

 

Bébhinn spent many summers at the Kodaly Institute in Kecskemét, and also attended courses given by  the British Kodaly Institute and the Kodaly Center of America. She has recently completed a Summer Masters Program (Kodaly Emphasis) at Silver Lake College in Wisconsin, in which she specialised in folksong analysis for her final dissertation as well as the application of Kodaly principles to pipe organ methodology.

ANNE RALPH

Anne Ralph has studied music education in Hungary and Ireland. She holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts in Music Performance from the CIT Cork School of Music. After completing an advanced diploma at the Kodály Institute of Music Pedagogy, she worked there for a year as a student accompanist. In 2020 she achieved certification in John Feierabend’s First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfege, thus qualifying her to deliver the Cork School of Music’s Kindermusik programme.

She is passionate about the Kodály approach to music education, believing that tonic solfa enhances understanding of music ranging from Renaissance to modern, traditional to jazz.

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

 

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: Thursday 20th January 2022

  • Midterm break (no class): 24th February 2022

  • St. Patrick's Day (no class): 17th March 2022

  • Finish: 7th April 2022

 

 

WEEKLY TIMETABLE

Thursdays 7pm to 8pm

MEET YOUR COURSE INSTRUCTORS

 
 
 
 
LEVEL DESCRIPTOR
 

Classes will run subject to enrollment. Spaces are limited.

Deadline to register is THURSDAY 14th of January at 4pm

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 Thursday 14th January 2022. In this case, the full fee less an administration fee of €50 will be refunded via bank transfer. Cancellations made after 4pm on Thursday 14th January 2022 will not be refunded.