Why Study at Chenaniah?

In the Old Testament days of King David, Chenaniah was in charge of the singing; he gave instruction in singing because he was skillful (1 Chron. 15:22;27). In a similar way, the Chenaniah Summer Music Institute aims to equip music teachers with the skills needed so that they might be able to better teach singing and music literacy to those people in the communities and churches where they labor. All instruction is done through the lens of a Christian worldview. In this two-week intensive training session, participants will receive instruction in singing-based music training with an emphasis on the Kodály method and pedagogy. 

This comprehensive approach to music education, developed by Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály, uses a sequential curriculum of games, folk music, and singing to inspire students of all ages to love music and develop musical literacy skills. The unique part of this course of study is its integration of Christianity with the Kodály methodology. This pairing will entail classes that look at music and theology as well as how a biblical worldview can affect and permeate the teaching of music.

Kodály Approach

Learn the distinctives of Zoltán Kodály’s Hungarian approach to music literacy. It’s more than just hand signs and solfege syllables.

2 Weeks, 3 Summers

The two-week course is designed for the working music teacher or church leader seeking further training in music.

New Saint Andrews

Hosted by New Saint Andrews Conservatory of Music the last two weeks of July each summer in Moscow, Idaho.

Music Connections

Come train with folks who are like-minded and also teaching in other classical and Christian music environments.

CSMI Course Components

1

Kodály Pedagogy

Learn how to teach the sequence of music concepts, games, and activities from Kodály master teachers who demonstrate how it is more than solfege syllables and Curwen hand signs.

2

Musicianship

Build upon your own personal musicianship through sight-singing, dictation, memorization, solfege, and more in an effort to better equip the Kodály music educator. 

3

Conducting/Choir

Since singing is the primary method of instruction, conducting becomes very important in the Kodály philosophy whether one teaches general music or high school ensembles.

4

Special Topics

A variety of classes that help the classical and Christian educator better be equipped to teach. Past special topics have included: folk dancing, psalm-singing, music practicum, Bible & Music, and more.

2021 CSMI SCHEDULE

  • Sunday, July 18 - ORIENTATION (6:30pm)
  • July 19-30, 2021 - COURSE (8am-5:30pm)
  • No classes on the weekend, July 24-25, but you will be busy with projects/homework.
  • Friday, July 30 - CLOSING CONCERT & CEREMONIES (7pm)

Participants begin arriving Saturday evening or Sunday afternoon for our Sunday evening orientation. Classes go from Monday, July 19 through Friday, July 30, 2021 with no official class meetings over the weekend. Students typically have individual/group projects and homework to do during that time. CSMI Kodály certification can be obtained upon the successful completion of all three levels of instruction over 3 summers.

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Who Should Attend CSMI?

  • Learn the Kodály method from an integrated biblical worldview with application and tailoring for Classical Christian school music, choir, and/or orchestra teachers.

  • Our highly accomplished staff has years of classroom experience, particularly in classical schools and churches.

  • Undergraduate credit, graduate credit and non-credit options are available.

  • The chance to visit the beautiful Northwest in the Summer and to enjoy the fabulous culture of Moscow, Idaho and take classes in the downtown campus of New Saint Andrews College.

Distinctives:

  • Learn the Kodály method from an integrated biblical worldview with application and tailoring for Classical Christian school music, choir, and/or orchestra teachers.

  • Our highly accomplished staff has years of classroom experience, particularly in classical schools and churches.

  • Undergraduate credit, graduate credit and non-credit options are available.

  • The chance to visit the beautiful Northwest in the Summer and to enjoy the fabulous culture of Moscow, Idaho and take classes in the downtown campus of New Saint Andrews College.

Course Details

The Kodály (pronounced CODE-eye) philosophy is more than Curwen handsigns and solfege syllables as is sometimes thought. It’s focus is joyful music literacy brought about by singing, games, and more. Kodály training focuses on the following areas of study:

  • FOLK SONG MATERIALS: Participants learn the principles of folk song analysis and create a retrieval system to organize teaching materials.

  • PEDAGOGY: Participants take those materials and create masterful lesson plans that maximize student learning in an enjoyable manner.

  • MUSICIANSHIP: Participants develop their personal musicianship and ability to use the pedagogical tools of movable-do solfa and rhythm syllables;

  • CONDUCTING: Participants sing in a choir, intended to create a top-level choral experience and receive instruction on conducting techniques.

  • CLASSICAL & CHRISTIAN: A Biblical view of music will permeate everything you hear and see at Chenaniah. We augment the Kodály course with specific classes highlighting the role of music in a Christian and classical education.

2021 CSMI INSTRUCTORS

Master Teacher

Lamar Robertson

Kodály Pedagogy 2 & 3

Diane Engle

Pedagogy 1/ Research 1&2

Sarah Davis

Musicianship 1, 2, & 3

Jarrod Richey

Dr. David Erb
Conducting/Choir

David Erb

Tuition & Costs:

CSMI Kodály certification can be obtained upon the successful completion of all three levels of instruction over 3 summers.

  • Course Tuition / Certification: $800.00

  • Additionally, attendees will also need to purchase and have certain Textbooks/Materials for the class. Not all books used will be required each year and most books and materials will be used each subsequent summer. $250 is general estimate of books, workbooks, resource books that will be needed over the course. The New Saint Andrews College Bookstore offers most of the materials. Students can opt to purchase elsewhere if desirable or some students have borrowed from others who have previously taken the course.

  • Any student wishing to transfer in to the Certification course from another similar course may be subject to the transfer credit and fees depending on type of enrollment. Pleaset inquire about this possibility.

Common Questions

How do you pronounce "Kodály"?

Zoltán Kodály was Hungarian and the closest way to pronounce his name is like “CODE-eye” with the stress on the first syllable.

Why 3 Summers to Complete Certification?

Each of the three summer courses builds upon previous courses, expanding the teacher’s musicianship by strengthening skills in sight-singing, conducting, and analysis. Additionally, each level develops a repertoire of grade-appropriate songs. Level 1 focuses on Kindergarten and First Grade concepts primarily; Level 2 on Second and Third Grade; Level 3 on Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Grades. After the three summers teachers will master the scope and sequence of the Kodály approach to implementing in their own classrooms.

What about Lodging/Housing Accommodations?

Chenaniah Summer Music Institute attendees are responsible to make their own lodging arrangements. However, CSMI is more than happy to point students to host homes and affordable short-term rental options (University of Idaho Dorms). In addition to this, CSMI offers several hospitality meals each week for students and faculty, providing opportunities for refreshment, fellowship, and encouragement.

Do you have to enroll for graduate credit to receive the certification?

Students can take the Kodály certification course in several scenarios:

  • Certification by itself not connected to any graduate or undergraduate degree at New Saint Andrews College or a similar school.
  • Certification as part of the New Saint Andrews Conservatory of Music Certificate program at the college.

Is Kodály for Choir, Band, and Orchestra Teachers?

Kodály’s vision for music education begins with the most basic human and universal instrument, the singing voice. From this basic skill and a repertoire of simple songs, children can easily master, comprehensive music education begins. For the teacher to see his students through to the end of this process, the teacher himself must be musically skillful and knowledgeable about musical concepts embedded in all kinds of children’s songs. The goal of teacher training is not merely a teaching method, but musical mastery. Thus as they grow in skill, elementary music teachers on up to high school ensemble directors, all benefit from the various tools the Kodály philosophy and approach offers.

Why Make the Commitment to CSMI if there are other Kodály Courses closer to home?

CSMI is the only complete Kodály certification course that includes rigorous application and discussion into how to implement these principles and concepts in the Classical Christian school paradigm. Programming, Church Music Survey, Church Hymnody/Psalmody discussions, and more augment the Kodály core curriculum in an environment with other teachers in similar teaching situations in schools and homeschool co-ops from across the country.

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