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This long-awaited volume of Kodály’s writings on music education contains articles, speeches and interviews by the world-renowned composer, ethnomusicologist and pedagogue.

Edited by the great Kodály scholar, Mihály Ittzés (1938–2018) and published by the Liszt Academy of Music under the auspice of Mrs. Kodály, the book exhibits different texts which originally had different purposes, some of them are longer, some consist of only one or two paragraphs, but the reader can feel the perfectly coherent aesthetic and intellectual world view behind them: the importance of singing and solmization in music education, the belief in the unquestionable value of folksongs and Western art music, the assumption that music can help us become better human beings – every page of this book is impregnated with these ideas.

Sergio de la Ossa, ethnomusicologist, the former instructor of the Kodály Institute has created this guide to folk song analysis and the accompanying test exercises with solutions.

Photo: Miguel Souto

To whom is this guide addressed?

This analysis guide is primarily intended to help teachers who use folksong in the classroom, but it may be also useful for anyone who would like to know folksong in greater depth. The text aims to lead you step by step into folksong analysis. You can benefit from it no matter whether you are just now starting to discover folk music, an experienced folk singer, or a primary school teacher. You don’t need to be an expert to use this guide: you will probably be closer to that stage after you finish using it!

The English version of the short documentary film presenting the unforgettable personality of Katalin Forrai is now available.




The documentary about the international adaptation of the Kodály concept has been released. Through the example of many outstanding music educators, choirs, choristers and other musicians all around the world the film manages to capture the respect for the achievements of the Hungarian music education over the past 50 years. It validates that the music education practices developed according to the Kodály concept have the magic power to implant into people the love for music and the joy of singing for a life time, while the music literacy skills indispensable for high standard music making and the understanding reception of music can also be developed to the highest levels. Recorded in Asia, the USA and Europe, the film invites you to get an insight into the educational work of Kodály’s disciples as well as to that of several generations of musicians following in their footsteps. Music teachers tell us about how the encounter with the values of Kodály’s concept has changed their life, their attitude towards teaching and toward music. The impact music learning, singing, choir communities have on children, their mental development and their development as a person is demonstrated in a very moving way.