In his own words . . .
Let us take our children seriously! Everything else follows from this...only the best is good enough for a child.
We should read music in the same way that an educated adult will read a book: in silence, but imagining the sound.
Real art is one of the most powerful forces in the rise of mankind, and he who renders it accessible to as many people as possible is a benefactor of humanity.
And I would advise my young colleagues, the composers of symphonies, to drop in sometimes at the kindergarten, too. It is there that it is decided whether there will be anybody to understand their works in twenty years' time.
This approach is
approaches music learning through the lense of child development, in the sequence in which the child learns. For example, the first rhythms taught are those that associate with the natural movement of walking (quarter notes) and running (eighth notes), not the seemingly simpler duration of a whole note.
I. Pedagogical tools of the method
a. Tonic solfa
b. Curwen hand signs
c. Rhythm duration symbols
II. Materials of the method
a. Authentic children’s games, nursery
songs, and chants
b. Authentic folk music
c. High-quality, recently composed music
d. High-quality art music
e. High-quality popular music
III. Teaching process: Child development
principles based on the writings of
- DeVries, Peter. “Reevaluating Common Kodaly Practices.” Music Educators Journal 88:3 (November 2001) 24-27. 
- Dobszay, L. “The Kodaly Method and Its Musical Basis.” Studia Musicologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 14:Ľ (1972) 15-33. 
- Eösze, László. Zoltán Kodály: His Life and Work. Trans. István Farkas and Gyula Gulyás. London: Collet’s, 1962.
- Eösze, László/Mícheál Houlahan, Philip Tacka: ‘Kodály, Zoltán’, Grove Music Online ed. L. Macy (Accessed 26 November 2006), 
- Landis, Beth. The Eclectic Curriculum in American Music Education: Contributions of Dalcroze, Kodaly, and Orff. Washington: Music Educators National Conference, 1972.
- Russell-Smith, Geoffry. “Introducing Kodaly Principles into Elementary Teaching.” Music Educators Journal 54:3 (November 1967) 43-46. 
- Shehan, Patricia K. “Major Approaches to Music Education: An Account of Method.” Music Educator’s Journal 72:6 (February 1986) 26-31. 
- Turpin, Douglas. “Kodaly, Dalcroze, Orff, and Suzuki: Application in the Secondary Schools.” Music Educators Journal 72:6 (February 1986) 56-59.