The Creation of a Kodály-Inspired Choral Collection for Treble Voices

March 20, 2013 / By: Heidi Kathryn McIlroy

The selection of quality repertoire is a core principle for teaching in a Kodály-inspired music classroom. The systematic analysis and categorization of folk music fulfills two purposes for music educators. The first is to determine whether the music is authentic and worthy of use in the classroom and the second is to determine how the music can be sequentially integrated into a curricular structure. The purpose of this project is to explore expanding the practices of analysis and indexing to choral music, focusing on repertoire suitable for treble choirs. The author developed a procedure for analysis that examines pedagogical implications in the choral rehearsal. An index was designed and formatted as a guide for programming a choral concert that is culturally diverse and musically satisfying. Using the established analysis and indexing procedures, the author provides thirty examples of choral repertoire suitable for young voices.