A Culturally Relevant Kodaly-Inspired Classroom

April 23, 2018 / By: Rebecca L. Buck

The intent of this project was to analyze the teachings of Zoltán Kodály’s emphasis on the use of the mother tongue in music education with practical implications in a 21st century public school setting in the United States. Discussion points include the importance of the use of multicultural music and how to create a culturally relevant music experience for one’s school’s demographics. Songs in various native languages were collected directly from students, resulting in a fully-analyzed multicultural song collection. This song collection is to be used within one’s Kodály-inspired curriculum to create a repertoire list that is as culturally relevant as possible for this particular demographic.