Head: Pro­fes­sor Mag­dale­na Stępień, DA Hab.

The Emil Jaques-Dal­croze Team
The Zoltán Kodá­ly Team
The Carl Orff Team

Unit of Edu­ca­tion­al Meth­ods is respon­si­ble for research and teach­ing relat­ing to a vari­ety of con­cep­tions, meth­ods and sys­tems of musi­cal edu­ca­tion in both music schools and gen­er­al edu­ca­tion facil­i­ties. Since the Unit’s pri­ma­ry inter­ests revolve around the approach­es to musi­cal edu­ca­tion devel­oped by three great musi­cians and ped­a­gogues, Emil Jaques-Dal­croze, Zoltán Kodá­ly and Carl Orff, it is divid­ed into three dif­fer­ent teams named after these pio­neers.
Unit of Edu­ca­tion­al Meth­ods organ­is­es sem­i­nars, cours­es, work­shops and oth­er events for stu­dents and teach­ers. Their pur­pose is to pop­u­larise the ideas of Dal­croze, Kodá­ly and Orff and to place the con­cep­tions each of them devel­oped with­in a state-of-the-art sys­tem of musi­cal and gen­er­al edu­ca­tion. Unit of Edu­ca­tion­al Meth­ods also pub­lish­es.

The Emil Jaques-Dalcroze Team

This team is con­tin­u­ing the activ­i­ties of the Emil Jaques-Dal­croze School which was estab­lished with­in the Depart­ment of Choir Con­duct­ing, Music Edu­ca­tion, Church Music, Rhyth­mics and Dance in Octo­ber 2003 on the motion put for­ward by Pro­fes­sor Ryszard Zimak, Rec­tor of the Fry­deryk Chopin Acad­e­my of Music.
The Dal­croze tra­di­tion has been fol­lowed at the War­saw acad­e­my since 1974 when the Exper­i­men­tal Rhyth­mics Class­es began to oper­ate with­in the Insti­tute of Musi­cal Ped­a­gogy.
As of 1983 the Dal­croze method has func­tioned as a didac­tic spe­cial­i­sa­tion (eurhyth­mics course) at the Depart­ment.

Primary objectives:


A book on the his­to­ry of Ryth­mics at the Uni­ver­si­ty (ed. Alic­ja Gronau-Osińs­ka) was pub­lished to cel­e­brate the twen­ti­eth anniver­sary of the Rhyth­mics course. Part II of this book, edit­ed by Mag­dale­na Stępień, is also planned.
Edi­to­r­i­al work is also under way for the pub­lish­ing of mas­ters’ the­sis (whole works or frag­ments) writ­ten dur­ing the 20-year his­to­ry of the Rhyth­mics course. These the­ses are a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to the devel­op­ment of this dis­ci­pline.
Any­one who is in pos­ses­sion of mate­r­i­al which could enrich this pub­li­ca­tion is kind­ly request­ed to con­tact Mag­dale­na Stępień, tel.: (22) 827 72 41 ext. 272 (Depart­ment 5).

The Zoltán Kodály Team

e-mail: e-mail: kodaly@chopin.edu.pl

The 11th Pol­ish-Hun­gar­i­an Kodá­ly Sem­i­nar (15–28 August 2004)
The 12th Pol­ish-Hun­gar­i­an Kodá­ly Sem­i­nar (13–26 August 2006)

I. Objec­tive and pro­file.This group’s objec­tive is to prop­a­gate Zoltán Kodály’s ideas relat­ing to musi­cal edu­ca­tion. It pays par­tic­u­lar atten­tion to: singing and live music-mak­ing as the foun­da­tion of music instruc­tion, the integri­ty of musi­cal instruc­tion (com­bin­ing solfeg­gio with the his­to­ry of music, styles and cul­ture, analy­sis of musi­cal works) and ver­nac­u­lar folk­lore as the foun­da­tion of edu­ca­tion (it helps to encour­age musi­cal com­pe­ten­cy sim­i­lar­ly to lin­guis­tic com­pe­ten­cy — Kodá­ly: one should first learn one’s own musi­cal lan­guage before pro­ceed­ing to learn for­eign lan­guages — and to gain com­pre­hen­sion of pro­fes­sion­al music). The pur­pose of music mak­ing is to con­sol­i­date the cog­ni­tion and com­pre­hen­sion of music; this goal is achieved in ear­ly musi­cal edu­ca­tion through so-called rel­a­tive solfeg­gio, a method of tonal ear train­ing.

II. Loca­tion. Anoth­er of this team’s objec­tives is to con­sol­i­date and con­tin­ue the work of the Zoltán Kodá­ly School which ceased to oper­ate in Octo­ber 2006. The Team is cur­rent­ly part of the Unit of Edu­ca­tion­al Meth­ods. It co-oper­ates with The Pol­ish Zoltán Kodá­ly Soci­ety (Sto­warzysze­nie im. Zoltá­na Kodálya w Polsce) and mem­bers of the Kodá­ly Cir­cle and with teach­ers who teach at music schools and gen­er­al schools, choir­mas­ters and Kodá­ly fol­low­ers abroad. Anoth­er impor­tant form of activ­i­ty is co-oper­a­tion with the Kodá­ly Insti­tute in Kecskemét and the Inter­na­tion­al Kodá­ly Soci­ety.

III. Activ­i­ties. The Kodá­ly Team has two main lines of activ­i­ty: 1 — music edu­ca­tion and 2 — research and pop­u­lar­i­sa­tion.
Ad 1. As far as music edu­ca­tion is con­cerned, the team gives lec­tures and work­shops at the AMFC devot­ed to famil­iar­i­ty with Kodály’s ideas and folk­lore in gen­er­al. As of 1983 it has also organ­ised Pol­ish-Hun­gar­i­an Kodá­ly Sem­i­nars (in co-oper­a­tion with the Acad­e­my of Music in Katow­ice). These are pro­fes­sion­al advance­ment cours­es. The 12th Sem­i­nar took place in 2006 (cf.: Report). The Team also offers infor­ma­tion and con­sult­ing. For exam­ple, it organ­ised exper­i­men­tal music lessons in gen­er­al schools in the nine­teen-eight­ies and nineties (Maria Czar­nec­ka in school no. 320 in 1995–7 and J. K. Dadak-Koz­ic­ka in school no. 158). The pur­pose of these exper­i­men­tal lessons was to devel­op the Pol­ish adap­ta­tion of the Kodá­ly Method (Domini­ka Lens­ka is cur­rent­ly con­duct­ing Kodá­ly class­es at school no. 1 in Katow­ice).
Ad 2. The research and pop­u­lar­i­sa­tion activ­i­ties involve research on the Kodá­ly method and its for­eign adap­ta­tions (espe­cial­ly the Pol­ish one). Among the out­comes of this work were sev­er­al con­fer­ences (some of them held at the FCUM), par­tic­i­pa­tion in sym­posia organ­ised by the Inter­na­tion­al Kodá­ly Soci­ety and a num­ber of pub­li­ca­tions.

IV. Plans for the future. The Team plans to con­tin­ue its edu­ca­tion­al and research activ­i­ties in co-oper­a­tion with the Kodá­ly Insti­tute in Kesck­émet.

V. Achieve­ments
The fol­low­ing works have been pub­lished to date:

Par­tic­i­pa­tion in world Kodá­ly sym­posia bore fruit in the form of arti­cles pub­lished in “The Bul­letin of the Inter­na­tion­al Kodá­ly Soci­ety”.

The Carl Orff Team

This team is involved in the fol­low­ing forms of activ­i­ty:

We encour­age every­body who teach­es music to nurs­ery school chil­dren, at inte­grat­ed teach­ing class­es and in grades 4–6, as well as teach­ers from non-musi­cal fields to attend these cours­es. They will have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to improve their prac­ti­cal teach­ing skills — to intro­duce more vari­ety into the ways they teach music, to learn new songs, new forms of music and move­ment play, children’s, folk and his­tor­i­cal dances (Pol­ish and for­eign), to mas­ter the lead­er­ship of Orff groups, to use the Orff instru­men­tar­i­um in class, and to dis­cov­er new sug­ges­tions for active lis­ten­ing to clas­si­cal music. Cre­ative exer­cis­es for the encour­age­ment of cre­ative atti­tudes and mul­ti-dimen­sion­al expres­sion are anoth­er very impor­tant part of these cours­es.

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